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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.
August 28, 2008
“Forty five years ago today, some 300,000 men, women, and children poured into Washington, DC, to claim their equal rights as citizens...
July 22, 2008
I strongly welcome the news that the Bosnian Serb leader who helped to orchestrate the ethnic cleansing of Bosnia, Radovan Karadzic, has been arrested in Serbia.
July 2, 2008
Forty-four years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, a milestone in the constant struggle for equality for all.
June 25, 2008
Seventy years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Fair Labor Standards Act—a landmark piece of legislation that extended protections to millions of American workers and set the precedent for decades of Democratic efforts to uphold fairness in the workplace.
June 19, 2008
The Emancipation Proclamation had been issued almost three years before; but it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that news of freedom reached the slaves of Texas...
June 12, 2008
Today’s decision represents yet another rebuke of the Administration’s deeply legally flawed process of detaining and trying enemy combatants.
June 10, 2008
Forty five years ago today, President Kennedy signed into law the landmark Equal Pay Act. It was a law founded on a powerful principle: that the value of work lies in a job well done, not in the gender of the worker.
April 28, 2008
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is extremely disappointing. Restrictive voter identification laws result in registered voters being denied their right to vote, which is simply unacceptable.
April 22, 2008
Today on Equal Pay Day, we mark how far into the year a woman must work, on average, before equaling the amount of money earned by a man during the previous calendar year.
January 18, 2008
Nearly 40 years ago, in Memphis, Tennessee, an assassin’s bullet prematurely ended the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
December 18, 2007
Today the House is considering one of the most important human rights measures we have dealt with all year --- a bill related to the world’s worst ongoing humanitarian disaster, the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
September 18, 2007
I am disappointed, but not discouraged by today’s vote in the Senate.