Hoyer Press Staff Blog

Blog posts from the press staff of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer

June 9, 2016

Yesterday, Speaker Ryan and House Republicans decided to abandon their promise of regular order because they’re worried about having to show the American people where they really stand on critical issues. 

June 9, 2016

Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans are going to unveil their “new” national security plan today, the second plank of their #WrongWay agenda. 

June 7, 2016

Today, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans are unveiling the first plank of their #BetterWay agenda, meant to address poverty. But early press coverage provides a few key takeaways: 

May 26, 2016

Today, House Republicans failed to pass their Energy and Water appropriations bill because an amendment protecting LGBT Americans from discrimination was included in the bill. Rep. Sessions said on the Floor last Thursday that Republicans “do not discriminate.” We think it’s safe to say that’s inaccurate.

May 24, 2016

After last week’s anti-LGBT vote fiasco on the Floor, House Republican leaders are trying to restore order by getting rid of “regular order.” So much for Speaker Ryan leading an open House. 

May 19, 2016

During today’s vote series, House Republicans held open a two minute vote open for nearly eight minutes in order to make their Members change their votes to defeat an amendment introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney that would ban discrimination against LGBT Americans. Needless to say, their antics didn’t go unnoticed.

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. 

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