Transportation Related
I am deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injuries as a result of today’s derailment of an Amtrak train in Washington.

Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) testified today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Highways and Transit at a member day hearing on the need to improve the safety and reliability of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 


“Tonight, President Obama reminded Congress and the nation that what makes America great is the spirit of service and hard work that manifests from realizing we are all bound together by a common cause. ...


WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Congressman Peter Welch (VT) and 60 Democrats in sending the following letter to Speaker Ryan on Wednesday about the need for robust, long-term funding for infrastructure repairs and improvements that will strengthen America’s economic competitiveness.   


While the House took action to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from expiring at the end of this month, which would have put thousands of construction jobs in jeopardy and undermined key investments to maintain our nation’s highway and transit network infrastructure, we cannot continue to go from short-term fix to short-term fix. 


WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered the following remarks today at a press conference with House and Senate Democratic leaders, where he discussed today’s King v. Burwell Supreme Court decision and the need for Republicans to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and take action on the Highway Trust Fund:


I rise in support of this sixty-day extension, because it's essential that we do this. The consequences of not doing it would be very, very negative. 


At the end of May, the Highway Trust Fund is set to expire. 


On Monday, the President released his budget for Fiscal Year 2016. His budget proposal builds on the strength of our economic recovery to make smart investments that will increase our nation’s competitiveness, while ensuring that working families share in the benefits of the recovery.


There's some good news. The good news is that this Committee is chaired by someone who wants to invest in America, grow jobs, and expand our economy.


“I was deeply disappointed to see that Senate Republicans voted nearly unanimously to block consideration of the Transportation-HUD Appropriations bill today, even while a bipartisan majority of senators voted to move forward with the bill.


After the activity on the House Floor today (pulling THUD, pulling 3 suspension bills – all because they don’t have the votes), we thought we’d help the headline writers out: