Whip's Report E-Newsletter
For Immediate Release: 
March 6, 2009
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Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
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Leader's Report
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This week, I joined President Obama, Members of Congress, and national health care leaders for a summit to discuss reforms to our nation’s costly and inefficient health care system, which is an enormous burden on American families, businesses and the economy. Together with the Obama Administration, we will take the appropriate steps to enact health care reform legislation this year to improve the quality of care and reduce costs for all Americans. As we continue to work towards an economic recovery, reforming health care is necessary to strengthen American competitiveness and ensure the long-term prosperity of our country.
On Thursday, the House passed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. This legislation implements some of the most important provisions included in President Obama’s Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, including key incentives to encourage lenders to negotiate affordable mortgages for responsible homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure. Stabilizing the housing market is essential to restoring the economy, and I hope that this bill is sent quickly to the President’s desk.
This week, we faced some challenges on the D.C. House Voting Rights Act to give the 600,000 residents of the District of Columbia what every other American citizen has – voting representation in the U.S. Congress. It is unconscionable that of all the world’s democracies, ours is the only one where the citizens living in the national capital are denied full voting rights. I remain committed to working with the Democratic leadership, Congresswoman Norton, President Obama and all other supporters of D.C. voting rights to pass this historic legislation, and hope to consider the measure next week.
Next week, we will also consider the Water Quality Investment Act, which makes critical investments in our clean water and environmental infrastructure. In addition, I hope the Senate will complete consideration on the Omnibus Appropriations bill funding government operations for the rest of the fiscal year, so that we can send it the President for his signature.

Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer

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Hoyer: The Time is Now for Comprehensive Health Care Reform
On Thursday, Leader Hoyer joined President Obama, Members of Congress, and national health care leaders to discuss steps to enact comprehensive health care reform.
Hoyer Statement on Passage of the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act
On Thursday, the House passed legislation that will help responsible American families struggling to keep their homes in this economic downturn.
Hoyer: Congress, Obama Administration Continue Efforts to Put Americans Back to Work
On Friday, the Department of Labor announced significant job losses and rise in unemployment for February. Leader Hoyer continues to work with the Congress and Obama Administration to help get our economy out of this recession and put Americans back to work.

Hoyer Applauds Administration Decision to End IRS Private Debt Collection Program
On Thursday, Leader Hoyer commended the Obama Administration for ending the IRS private debt collection program. The cancellation of this program, which a new report shows provided no government savings, marks another step in our return to fiscal responsibility.
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