WASHINGTON, DC –Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on President Obama’s first 100 days in office. The 100th day is Wednesday, April 29, 2009.
“President Obama and the 111th Congress took office facing some of the greatest challenges any President and Congress have faced in history - an economic recession, a banking crisis, a housing meltdown, and two wars.
“In the first 100 days, the President has worked with Congress and acted decisively to confront these challenges head on and deliver the change Americans asked for. We enacted major legislation to create and save jobs and put our economy on the road to recovery; we provided health care for 11 million uninsured children; we acted to protect workers from pay discrimination; and we expanded the role of service in America, among other measures.
“These 100 days are only a beginning. This week, Congress will pass a budget that sets the agenda for our work ahead. This budget represents the next step in our strategy to ensure long-term economic stability, and meets the goals the President laid out earlier this year to reduce the deficit, reform health care, advance clean energy policies, and invest in education. These priorities will improve the lives of Americans and put us on a path of lasting prosperity, and we look forward to working with the President to see them through.
“A record of legislative accomplishments, however, is just a single measure of a President’s leadership. Above all, one of the most significant impacts President Obama has had in his first 100 days is the renewed confidence and sense of purpose he has brought to our nation. President Obama’s optimism and energy have reassured Americans that, together, we will overcome these challenging times.”