Press Releases

July 1, 2013
“I’m pleased to announce that today marks the beginning of House Democrats’ fourth annual Online All-Star Competition, which encourages Members of the Democratic Caucus to strengthen online engagement with our constituents.
July 1, 2013
“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of nineteen courageous firefighters who rushed into harm’s way to protect their community from a devastating wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona.
July 1, 2013
“It is extremely disappointing that Congress has failed to act to keep student loan interest rates low.  It was no surprise that rates would double today from 3.4% to 6.8%, but partisan dysfunction in Congress continues to stand in the way of solving even the most predictable and easily preventable problems facing our country. 
July 1, 2013
“Today marks the 100th day since the Senate passed its budget resolution, providing Speaker Boehner with the opportunity to follow regular order and appoint House Republican conferees to begin negotiations on a final version of the budget for FY2014. 
July 1, 2013
“I am encouraged that our manufacturing sector grew in June, but the uncertainty manufacturers continue to face as a result of the irrational sequester and Congress’s failure to achieve a big, balanced solution to deficits still hampers their ability to invest, expand, and create jobs.
June 28, 2013
“One year ago today, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which will make quality, affordable health care accessible to millions of Americans.
June 27, 2013
“Today, the United States Senate took a significant step toward making comprehensive immigration reform a reality by passing legislation with a strong, bipartisan vote of 68-32. 
June 27, 2013
“As I have said repeatedly since the House passed its budget nearly 100 days ago, Speaker Boehner has no excuse for his refusal to finish our work on a budget – a goal Republicans once shared.
June 26, 2013
I am proud to join Rep. Nadler in introducing the House version of the Respect for Marriage Act today.
June 26, 2013
"Thank you, Madam Leader. As disappointed as I was yesterday, I am happy today. Today the court stood up for the principles of America of equal justice under law.
June 26, 2013
“’We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’
June 25, 2013
“Today’s confirmation of Penny Pritzker as our new Secretary of Commerce is welcome news for America’s businesses and entrepreneurs.  With a strong record  of leadership in the private sector and experience serving the Administration as an advisor to the President on jobs and competitiveness, she brings a wealth of talent and expertise to her new position, which will benefit the President’s ongoing efforts to help American businesses grow and access a range of opportunities in financing, export assistance, and market access. 
June 25, 2013
“I join in marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the enactment of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, a core component of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal that standardized the forty-hour workweek, guaranteed ‘time-and-a-half’ overtime pay, and established the first federal minimum wage. 
June 25, 2013
“Today’s ruling is a disappointing blow to voting rights in America and will have a real impact on voters.
June 25, 2013
“As Americans have witnessed the increasing frequency of deadly storms like Hurricane Sandy and the stifling heat that has led to devastating droughts, there can be no denying the impact of climate change on our environment, our economy, and our national security. 
June 25, 2013
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is extremely disappointing. For many years, I and others have traveled with civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis to Selma, Alabama, to commemorate the historic 1965 march for voting rights and reflect on the need for the Voting Rights Act and its continued importance today.
June 24, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) participated in the third annual NOH8 On The Hill event, joining nearly 70 Members of Congress in posing for a portrait to show his support for marriage equality.
June 20, 2013
“I think [the market today] says a lot about uncertainty. We still have … a federal government, Congress of the United States, that is not giving certainty and confidence to the economy that we're going to be on a fiscally-sustainable, stable path, that we’re going to come to compromise, whatever the bills might be, whatever the policies might be, that we will overcome gridlock
June 20, 2013
"It has been 91 days since the House passed its budget, but Speaker Boehner has yet to follow regular order by appointing conferees.  Only then can negotiations with the Senate on a final version begin in earnest.  A budget conference is the best shot at reaching a compromise agreement on a big and balanced solution to our deficits that can replace the entire sequester and provide American families and businesses with the certainty they need.
June 19, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced today several changes to the official intranet for House Democratic staff, including a new staff directory, an expanded calendar, and an updated legislative correspondence library.
June 19, 2013
“Today, I was proud to witness Congress install a permanent tribute to a great American and great son of Maryland, Frederick Douglass.  The statue dedicated in his honor – like Douglass, tall, poised, and carrying the moral weight of a survivor-turned-crusader for freedom and justice – will not only stand as a memorial to his courage and the unwavering strength of his character. 
June 19, 2013
“148 years ago, on June 19th, slaves in Galveston, Texas, received word from Union Soldiers that they were free - more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
June 18, 2013
“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans once again spent time debating and voting on a bill to restrict women’s access to health care when they continue to block the consideration of bills that would invest in creating jobs and replace the sequester with a balanced alternative.
June 17, 2013
“I join in marking the 50th annual National Small Business Week, when Americans pay tribute to the millions of small business owners and employees across our country.