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March 4, 2011
The Speaker has indicated he is going to convene the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to decide whether to intervene in cases concerning the Defense of Marriage Act. I believe the Administration has correctly concluded that the statute is discriminatory and unconstitutional. I therefore will oppose intervening in cases regarding this Act.  
March 1, 2011
This month marks Women’s History Month, an opportunity to remember and celebrate generations of women who have made indelible contributions to our nation. Across all areas of society, women have made a real and lasting impact, which serves as an inspiration to all those that follow.
November 19, 2010
I am pleased that the Senate passed legislation today that would provide funding for settlement of both the Pigford and Cobell class action lawsuits – an important step toward finally correcting these blights on our Nation’s history...
October 28, 2010
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement today in recognition of President Obama signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law one year ago:
October 12, 2010
“Today's ruling is another step toward equality for gays and lesbians in the military who serve our nation with great honor.  The ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ policy has already caused the dismissal of 13,500 servicemen and women, many with important skills and experiences that are needed to keep our military strong and our country safe..
October 8, 2010
“The promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act was to open the doors of opportunity in a country that prides itself on being the land of opportunity. Twenty years after the passage of the ADA, major advancements in technology now provide opportunities for greater accessibility – and pose new challenges - for individuals with hearing or visual impairments...
June 7, 2010
Each June, we commemorate the birth of the modern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender rights movement which began in June of 1969, as patrons of New York City’s Stonewall Inn courageously stood up to police harassment.
June 2, 2010
As we wait for all the facts to emerge about Monday’s events, several things are already clear.
April 20, 2010
Each year on Equal Pay Day, we recognize the work that has been done and the work that remains to end the unfair pay discrimination that women face in America’s workplace.
March 20, 2010
Today's protests against health insurance reform saw a rash of despicable, inflammatory behavior, much of it directed at minority Members of Congress.
February 23, 2010
Twenty years ago, the first President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which made our nation a world leader on one of the most pressing human rights challenges of our time: the inclusion of people with disabilities.
September 9, 2009
As President Obama made clear tonight, America cannot put up for much longer with the skyrocketing cost of health care that is hurting our families, our businesses and our country.
May 20, 2009
I want to thank the Members here today, Representatives Langevin, and Wasserman-Schultz, as well as Representatives Sensenbrenner and Upton, for their commitment to making the house a safer and more accessible place for all citizens.
April 28, 2009
Today on Equal Pay Day, we recognize the damaging impact that pay discrimination has on every woman in every workplace in America.
April 24, 2009
Today, we recognize the genocide that took the lives of 1.5 million Armenian children, women, and men in their ancestral homeland.
March 31, 2009
Today, the House passed the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which will create outlets for service so people of all ages can contribute to our nation’s recovery.
March 10, 2009
Today, Chairman Miller and Senators Kennedy and Harkin introduced legislation to give hard-working Americans the tools they need to secure fair wages and treatment at their jobs.
February 2, 2009
Throughout the month of February, Americans come together to celebrate Black History Month.
January 19, 2009
Years ago, there was a powerful man who was born and raised not far from here.
January 16, 2009
On Monday we will celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a bold and active leader who fought to bring true equality and justice to all Americans.
January 9, 2009
Within my lifetime, the ideal of ‘equal pay for equal work’ was a radical one.
December 10, 2008
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and 10 Members of Congress sent a bipartisan White Paper on Darfur to President-elect Obama today. This group traveled to Sudan in April 2007.
September 25, 2008
The ADA Amendments Act signed today by the President brings millions of our fellow citizens back where they belong: under the protection of the ADA.
September 17, 2008
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) today joined with leading Members of Congress, the disability and business communities to celebrate the passage by voice vote of the ADA Amendments Act.
September 11, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered the following statement today at a press conference following the Senate’s passage of the ADA Amendments Act.