Press Releases

January 12, 2016
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (IL-04), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) at a press conference today to discuss a letter sent to President Obama calling for an end to ICE raids. 
January 11, 2016
“I’m pleased to be bringing Mrs. Chestnut as my guest to the President’s State of the Union address,” said Whip Hoyer.
January 8, 2016
“Five years ago, a deranged gunman took six lives and wounded twelve others at a constituent outreach event in Tucson, Arizona.  
January 8, 2016
"I was disappointed that Republicans adopted a motion to postpone until January 26 a vote to override the President’s veto of their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood.  
January 8, 2016
"Thank you very much Chairwoman Sánchez, and I want to thank particularly the Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who have been tireless in educating not only the Members, but also the Administration on the extraordinarily adverse  consequences of the actions that have been taken over the last few weeks. 
January 8, 2016
As we begin the new year and the Second Session of the 114th Congress, newly elected Speaker Paul Ryan has an opportunity to turn the page on the bitter partisanship of the past few years and show that he is willing to work across the aisle to get things done for the American people.  The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that “House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.”  But evidence points to the contrary, with the first items on the House’s agenda for 2016 being the sixty-second vote to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, the eleventh vote to attack women’s health, and several bills that would undermine consumer safety, workplace safety, and environmental protections.  House Republican leaders know these bills will never become law, yet they continue to pander to the far right with political messaging bills instead of bringing substantive, bipartisan legislation to the Floor. It is also unfortunate that Speaker Ryan has already taken issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and an expansion of paid family and medical leave off of the table. 
January 8, 2016
This morning’s jobs report for December, which shows a gain of 275,000 private sector jobs, provides us with a bookend to a year in which we’ve witnessed steady job growth that has brought the unemployment rate down more than half a percentage point since last January.
January 7, 2016
The bipartisan legislation that Reps. Joe Kennedy and Ted Deutch introduced today in the House, along with the bill introduced by Reps. John Delaney and Kennedy, are important steps in the ongoing process of countering Iran’s aggression and blocking its support for terrorism.  The introduction of these bills should send a strong signal to hardliners in Iran that backing terror or pursuing ballistic missile technologies – activities outside the scope of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) but still in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions – will merit decisive action from the Congress and our global partners. 
January 7, 2016
Regardless of politics, we can all agree – as elected leaders in Washington and as an American community – that any armed takeover of public property is not acceptable and should end quickly and peacefully.
January 6, 2016
Mr. Speaker, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, and I quote: ‘House Speaker Paul Ryan starting this month will push to turn the chamber into a platform for ambitious Republican policy ideas.’  My friend Mr. Upton talked about policy ideas, but, Mr. Van Hollen correctly observed, they're not on this Floor.  You haven't brought them to this Floor.  All you've brought is a negative.  Bring a positive. That, presumably, is what your Speaker ought to be talking about.
January 6, 2016
"Today's apparent nuclear test by North Korea reminds the world precisely why the United States and its international partners must take a firm line against any attempts by radical regimes to pursue nuclear weapons. ...
January 5, 2016
I've had the pleasure of serving alongside Steve Israel for fifteen years, and I've come to know him as a good colleague and a friend.
January 5, 2016
I was proud to join an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court today by 162 Members of the House and Senate urging the justices to continue safeguarding women’s constitutional right to reproductive health care options, as enshrined by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.
January 5, 2016
“Today, recognizing that the federal government cannot do nothing while thousands of Americans – including many children – are killed by gun violence each year, President Obama used his legal authority to take bold executive actions that will help keep dangerous firearms out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them while supporting research into mental health and safer gun technologies.  
January 2, 2016
I am disappointed that the Administration has delayed punitive action in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile tests.  
December 22, 2015
Five years ago, President Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act into law, beginning a process that would eventually lead to the full integration of Americans in our Armed Forces without regard for their sexual orientation.
December 21, 2015
Throughout my years in Congress, I have worked with few people as capable, personable, or hardworking as Beth Moten. 
December 18, 2015
The omnibus bill was a win for the American people. 
December 17, 2015
I thank the Gentleman for yielding. The last Speaker – I have heard that speech in 1981, I heard it in 2001, I've heard it in 2003. The certainty of this bill is that we will explode further deficits and provide for disinvestment. That's the certainty of this bill, and I rise in strong opposition to it. 
December 16, 2015
I understand people want to protect themselves and their homes, but what we have here is a reasonable restraint to protect our people.