Whip's Report E-Newsletter
For Immediate Release: 
April 30, 2010
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130
Leader's Report
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Addressing our deficit is one of the most serious challenges facing our nation, which is why Democrats are taking action to set a path toward long-term fiscal balance. This week, the House passed the IMPROVES Acquisition Act, legislation that reforms the way we buy equipment for our troops and military and saves taxpayers billions of dollars, all while ensuring that our troops have the equipment they need to accomplish their mission.  The House also passed legislation to crack down on wasteful government spending by identifying, reducing, and eliminating improper payments by federal agencies. Together with the first meeting of the President’s bipartisan fiscal commission, Democrats took serious steps this week to increase fiscal responsibility, cut wasteful spending, and develop long-term solutions to the deficit.
Today’s news that the economy grew in the first quarter of this year – building on growth of the previous two quarters - is an encouraging sign that Democratic policies are creating jobs and moving our economy in the right direction.  However, we know that too many Americans remain out of work, so we will continue working to create jobs, boost small businesses, and ensure that the signs of recovery we see today are sustainable.
Democrats are also continuing our efforts to protect middle class Americans and hold Wall Street accountable.  After Republicans delayed consideration of Wall Street reform for several days this week, next week, the Senate will continue to work on legislation that will protect consumers and ensure that we don’t have another financial meltdown like the one in 2008.  I look forward to working with the Senate to get a bill to the President’s desk quickly.
Next week, Democrats continue to focus on creating jobs as the House considers the Homestar Energy Retrofit Act, a bill that will help create construction jobs by offering incentives to families to make their homes more energy efficient.

Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer

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Hoyer Statement on the IMPROVE Acquisition Act
Leader Hoyer spoke on the House Floor in support of legislation to reform the way our military buys equipment, saving taxpayers billions while ensuring that our troops have the equipment they need to stay safe.
Hoyer Statement on Passage of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act
Leader Hoyer applauded additional Democratic legislation this week to cut spending and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse by identifying, reducing, and eliminating improper payments by federal agencies – estimated at $98 billion in FY 2009.
Hoyer: Republicans Choose Wall Street Over Main Street Once Again
Leader Hoyer criticized Republicans for blocking debate of Wall Street reform three times this past week, instead choosing to protect the interests of Wall Street over those of families on Main Street.
Hoyer: Shared Sacrifices Will Solve the Debt Crisis
This week, Leader Hoyer wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, reiterating that easy answers won’t fix our nation’s debt problem, and calling for an honest discussion of all the options on the table.