Whip's Report E-Newsletter
For Immediate Release: 
April 3, 2009
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
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Leader's Report
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This week, the House passed the House Democratic budget, which reflects the priorities set forth by the President, including targeted, strategic investments to create jobs and ensure economic prosperity over the and long-term. This budget makes a down payment on health care reform, creates a path to energy independence, reforms and invests in education, and also reduces the deficit by nearly two-thirds by 2013. I applaud this budget for making the tough choices necessary to help reverse years of irresponsible Republican policies and put us back on a fiscally sustainable path. 

 Budget Press Conference
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Budget
Committee Chairman John Spratt, House Education
and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, Rep.
Joseph Crowley, Rep. Heath Shuler, and Rep. Ben R.
Luján hold a press conference on the House
Democratic Budget.

A key part of our plan for the long-term prosperity is a clean energy economy. This week, Chairman Henry Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Edward Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee unveiled a clean energy discussion draft that begins our work on sweeping energy legislation. This initiative will create new ‘green collar’ jobs for American workers, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and help households and businesses save money on their electricity bills. I expect the Energy and Commerce Committee to report a bill out of committee by Memorial Day, and I look forward to working with the Administration to enact a comprehensive plan for a cleaner, more energy independent future.

The House is now adjourned for two weeks to allow Members to return to their districts for our scheduled April district work period, during which Leadership encouraged Members to hold health care town halls. For more information on the progress of health care reform, visit the health care reform clearinghouse and sign up to receive "The Daily Dose."


Sincerely yours,
Steny H. Hoyer

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Hoyer Statement on the House Democratic Budget
On Thursday, Leader Hoyer spoke on the House Floor in support of the House Democratic budget, which passed 233-196.
View budget documents:
Hoyer Statement on Waxman-Markey Clean Energy Discussion Draft
On Tuesday, Chairmen Waxman and Markey unveiled a discussion draft that is a starting point for the House’s work on comprehensive energy legislation. Prior to this announcement, Leader Hoyer was joined by a group of colleagues in urging that both offsets and direct investments in forest carbon be used as a responsible, low-cost and realistic option to reduce global emissions from the forest sector. 
Hoyer Statement on the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act
On Thursday, Leader Hoyer applauded House passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, legislation that gives the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products.

Hoyer Statement on the Serve America Act
This week, Congress passed the Senator Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and sent it to the President for his signature.