Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

April 27, 2016

At Speaker Ryan’s town hall with millennials at Georgetown University this afternoon, he posed a key question for the American people and pitched his “Confident America” agenda. 

April 27, 2016

As our friends in the press get ready to cover Speaker Ryan’s town hall with millennials at Georgetown University this afternoon, your ever-helpful Whip press shop has put together a few questions you could ask the Speaker.

April 20, 2016

In the six months he’s been in charge, Speaker Paul Ryan has struggled with deep divisions among his Members, preventing the House from being able to accomplish much of anything. 

April 15, 2016

Speaker Ryan & House Republicans have said that passing a budget is the primary responsibility of Congress, yet they blew past the statutory deadline for passing a budget today and have no plans to bring it to the Floor. 

April 13, 2016

Despite years of talking about how critical it is to pass a budget – and ceaseless criticism of the Senate when they failed to pass one – Speaker Ryan and House Republicans have all but given up on passing a budget for Fiscal Year 2017.  

March 18, 2016

Not the Republican budget.

March 17, 2016

Today on the House Floor, House Democrats stood united against the anti-immigrant amicus brief resolution passed by House Republicans, which would challenge the President’s executive order on immigration. 

March 16, 2016

If you were wondering whether Republicans were prepared to be reasonable about President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Speaker Ryan’s response should clear it up. 

March 15, 2016

Speaker Ryan has been trying for weeks to rally his conference around a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017, with last night’s House GOP conference meeting set up to be their final pitch to the conference. How did it go? Shocker: not well. 

March 3, 2016

Speaker Ryan and House Republican leaders pitched their budget for Fiscal Year 2017 to the Republican conference this morning, reopening the bipartisan budget agreement by promising conservatives $30 billion in additional spending cuts. And if you think that means the House is any closer to considering a budget, think again. 

March 2, 2016

Speaker Ryan can’t unify House Republicans around a budget resolution for Fiscal Year 2017, so yesterday he called in Senator McConnell to try to talk some sense into the extreme Members of his party. A look at today’s headlines shows that it didn’t go well for him either.

February 29, 2016

A look at recent headlines show Republican leaders continue to struggle with unifying their conference around a budget resolution for fiscal year 2017. With each passing day, the prospects of the GOP passing a budget and completing the appropriations process seem to lessen. 

February 16, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan gathered House Republicans on Friday to plot their strategy for their fiscal year 2017 budget resolution, pleading with the hardliners in his party to stick to the bipartisan budget spending limits agreed to last year. Of course, no one is surprised that the extreme Members of his conference aren’t having it. 

February 10, 2016

As the House votes on Republicans’ science bill on the Floor today, we wanted to bring to your attention a quote from Speaker Ryan on the day he was elected to be the Speaker of the House about the importance of following regular order and allowing Members to participate in an open process. 

February 10, 2016

After Republicans added billions to the deficit when they passed their unpaid-for tax bill in December, Politico reports that the House Freedom Caucus is pushing Speaker Ryan to cut spending levels dramatically, rather than stick with the budget agreement that Republicans agreed to. 

February 4, 2016

Yesterday, Speaker Paul Ryan had some alarming news for members of the Congressional Black Caucus – he supports legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act, but he isn’t willing to bring a bipartisan bill to the Floor. Apparently, he “can’t do that.”

December 2, 2015

Wanted to make sure you saw today’s editorial in the New York Times, which asks the million-dollar question: Will Speaker Ryan take the responsible path and prevent a shutdown, or will he give in to right-wing demands to shut down the government?

November 4, 2015

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers released a letter today urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

November 4, 2015

ICYMI: The National Association of Manufacturers released a “Key Vote” letter urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

November 3, 2015

ICYMI: The Chamber of Commerce released a “Key Vote Alert” letter urging Members to oppose Ex-Im Bank related amendments to the highway bill. 

October 28, 2015

Just in case Senator McConnell missed it last night, we thought we’d be helpful and round up this morning’s headlines that show the majority of Republicans voted with nearly every Democrat to pass legislation to reopen the Export-Import Bank – the same legislation that passed the Senate with 64 votes. So, the question for him is: will he take it up so we can restore certainty to businesses or will he stand in the way of the will of bipartisan majorities in both of the House and the Senate?

October 21, 2015

Wanted to be sure you saw the below letter from the AARP to Congress in support of a clean debt limit bill to pay our nation’s bills. 

October 20, 2015

With a number of looming legislative deadlines quickly approaching – including passing a long-term highway bill before October 29, paying our nation’s bills before November 3, and funding the government past December 11 – Republicans continue to waste time on partisan games. 

October 9, 2015

Another day, another dose of deep Republican divisions.

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