This week, the House has continued to make progress on issues important to the American people. In response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech, Congress worked in a bipartisan way to develop legislation that could help prevent such a tragedy from happening again. On Wednesday, the House passed the National Instant Criminal Background Check Improvement Act, which will improve the accuracy of the system and will enforce provisions of the 1968 Gun Control Act, including prohibiting individuals who have been adjudicated to be mentally ill from possessing a firearm.
The House also passed the first two appropriations bills today . The Homeland Security Appropriations bill provides first responders with training and equipment, increases security for American air travelers by providing for explosive detection systems at airports and doubling the amount of cargo screened on passenger aircraft, increases transit security on trains and ferries, and increases port security. The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill fulfills the promise America has made to our veterans by providing the largest increase in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs in its history. This funding will enable the VA to provide adequate health care for our vets.
Next week, we will continue our work on the Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations bills. The Energy and Water Appropriations bill contains important funding to increase energy independence and combat global warming, and the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill provides funds for to address the crisis in Darfur and makes significant investments in global health efforts.
STENY H. HOYER
Hoyer: Appropriations Bills Continue to Move Our Country in a New Direction
Majority Leader Hoyer spoke at a press conference on Tuesday as the House began consideration of appropriations bills that invest in America's priorities, highlighting investments that will be made to promote energy independence and combat global warming.
Hoyer Commends Senate Committee for Approving DC Voting Rights Bill
On Wednesday, Majority Leader Hoyer applauded the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee for passing legislation granting voting rights to the District of Columbia, moving one step closer to righting a 200-year wrong.
Hoyer: Congress Will Remedy the Supreme Court's Wrongly Decided Wage Discrimination Case
At a press conference with Lilly Ledbetter on Tuesday, Majority Leader Hoyer said that House Democrats will introduce legislation soon to ensure that those who are denied equal pay for equal work have legal recourse.
Hoyer Honors Community School Leaders; Touts Full Service Community Schools Act
This week Majority Leader Hoyer joined the Coalition for Community Schools in honoring schools and communities that utilize the community school concept to strengthen student learning and enhance family services. Hoyer is co-sponsoring legislation with Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) to expand the number of full-service commuity schools which partner with community-based organizations.