Press Releases

December 14, 2011
In the ten years since the ODEP was created, we have made great strides in helping Americans with disabilities access the workforce and attain the measure of independence and dignity that comes with a job.
December 13, 2011
The Democrats in the Senate have continuously offered a small percentage surtax on those with a net income of a million dollars or more. We could easily pay for what is needed here with a small percentage, less than three percent, or in that neighborhood, surtax on the wealthiest in our nation. The Republicans have consistently opposed that contribution to this effort by our wealthiest citizens.
December 13, 2011
Last month, the IAEA released a report on Iran’s covert nuclear program that was greatly troubling. Not only is Iran continuing to enrich uranium, but they are also believed to be pursuing the development of delivery technologies to create a warhead that could threaten Israel and our allies in Europe and the Persian Gulf – and of course the many Americans serving and living in the region.
December 13, 2011
Terry Lierman has been a key part of the success of this office for over four and a half years,” said Hoyer. “When he came to our office, he brought unparalleled experience and a passion for helping people. I have worked closely with him for over 30 years to promote and support Democratic ideals, and I am pleased that he will continue to work with me by serving as the Treasurer of Hoyer for Congress and the Chair of AMERIPAC, my leadership PAC. I am very appreciative of all that Terry has done to assure the success of our efforts and look forward to working closely with him in the coming years.
December 12, 2011
I was pleased to learn that Paul Irving will be nominated to serve as the new Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives. He brings to the position a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Secret Service and a wealth of experience in federal law enforcement. I want to thank Bill Livingood once again for his service, and I look forward to working with his successor to ensure that the Capitol Police and the Office of the Sergeant at Arms have the resources they needs to protect the House, its members, staff, and visitors.
December 12, 2011
Manufacturing is central to our jobs recovery and long-term economic prosperity, and President Obama has long recognized this. By appointing Commerce Secretary John Bryson and National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling to co-chair the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy, the President again demonstrates his commitment to expanding U.S. manufacturing. House Democrats have been focused on creating jobs and strengthening manufacturing through our Make It In America plan, and I hope Republicans in Congress will work with us to take legislative steps to bolster our manufacturing sector in the months ahead.
December 10, 2011
For generations, Americans have raised their voices to demand equal access to the ballot box. Today, that proud tradition will continue with the “Stand for Freedom” voting rights rally in New York City. Under the leadership of the NAACP, this rally will help shine a light on unprecedented attempts to restrict the voting rights of up to 5 million Americans. Over the past year, Republicans have introduced unfortunate new measures in states across the country that would make it harder for people to register or vote.
December 9, 2011
Throughout my career, I have been a strong advocate for disability rights and have supported policies that ensure people with disabilities may more fully participate in society.
December 9, 2011
We cannot leave for the holidays until we ensure that the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits are extended and the Medicare physician payment rate is fixed. We should not risk raising taxes on middle class families, dropping unemployment benefits for those out of work, or preventing seniors from accessing their doctors through Medicare by including unrelated and controversial provisions. Democrats remain willing to work with Republicans to extend these critical measures before Congress adjourns for the year, but I do not believe that the plan Republican leaders proposed this morning would be the best path forward to do so. I hope they will work with us to find common ground quickly on a deal that can pass both chambers and be signed into law by the President.
December 8, 2011
Once again, House Republicans are wasting the Congress’s time on a bill that has nothing to do with creating jobs or dealing with the pressing issues that confront us before the end of the year. The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act is based on the same failed claim that deregulation will lead to job growth. Economists from both sides of the aisle strongly disagree and have said the link between regulations and unemployment is negligible, and they further add that many of our regulations help businesses compete on a level playing field. This farm dust bill is merely a smoke screen for Republican inaction on legislation that is actually important and would have significant bearing on millions of Americans. Even worse, the bill’s definition of ‘nuisance dust’ is overly broad and makes it easier for mining, smelting, excavation, and industrial operations to pollute in rural communities.
December 8, 2011
This Congress should not leave for the holidays without extending the payroll tax holiday, extending unemployment insurance benefits, and fixing the Medicare physician payment rate. I am disappointed that Republicans insist on playing political games with these critical policies. I have said repeatedly that Democrats are willing to work with Republicans to move these policies forward as long as unrelated, controversial policies are not attached, and President Obama said yesterday that he would reject a package that includes the Keystone pipeline. With so little time left before the end of the year, I hope Republicans reconsider their position and work with us to address these issues.
December 7, 2011
For 35 years, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has served as a powerful voice for Latinos, helping to shine a light on their many contributions to this great country. The CHC has long served as a powerful advocate on behalf of the issues that matter most to Latinos, from immigration reform to civil rights issues to growing our economy. I congratulate Chairman Gonzalez and the entire CHC on reaching this milestone and wish them many more years of continued success.
December 7, 2011
I continue to be disappointed that House Republicans are wasting Congress's time on ideologically driven bills to erode federal protections for consumers and communities instead of working on a plan to create jobs. The REINS Act would undermine our ability to protect children from harmful toys, prevent asthma and lung ailments resulting from pollution, and ensure that our small businesses can compete fairly in the marketplace. At the same time, it would force Congress to play a larger role in the regulatory process, leading to even more gridlock in Washington. Economists have told us again and again that regulations have a negligible impact on unemployment, and in many cases they help create the conditions for private sector growth. Right now, we cannot afford the uncertainty Republicans are creating for businesses by attempting to bog down the regulatory process. We need to consider real job-creating legislation, like House Democrats' Make It In America plan and the President's American Jobs Act. I hope Republicans will stop focusing on placating their most extreme supporters and instead work with Democrats on policies that benefit all Americans.
December 7, 2011
Democrats remain committed to working with Republicans on an omnibus package. But as we have made clear, the final package must adhere to the budget agreement reached in August, and it must not include controversial policy riders. As we work to complete appropriations bills for the remainder of the fiscal year, we also cannot forget that we must continue working on a big, bold, and balanced deficit reduction deal. We must step up and meet our fiscal challenges, and to do so we will need all options on the table. I hope Republicans will work with us to get this done well before painful and arbitrary spending cuts take effect in 2013.
December 7, 2011
Seventy years ago this morning, our nation awoke to news that stirred hearts and steeled nerves to face the challenge of a generation. For the millions of Americans from every walk of life who answered the call to serve, the attack on our fleet at Pearl Harbor marked the beginning of a great struggle. On this anniversary we recall their heroism, their resolve, their perseverance toward achieving what President Roosevelt foretold would be their ‘inevitable triumph.’ We remember those who lie at final rest near the beaches they stormed and beneath the oceans they traversed in the service of our freedom. We honor the veterans in our communities who still bear the scars of that war and its stories of courage. Let us draw strength from their sacrifices that we may live up to their example in our generation by confronting America’s challenges through unity, determination, and an abiding faith that our greatest triumphs still lie ahead.
December 5, 2011
Democrats have repeatedly indicated that we are willing to work with our Republican counterparts to extend the payroll tax holiday. If it is allowed to expire at the end of this year, Americans will have less money in their pockets, threatening our economic recovery at a critical time. We should not leave for the holidays until Congress has extended the payroll tax holiday, unemployment insurance benefits, and fixed the Medicare physician payment rate. Republicans should not play political games with these critical policies, and I hope that they will work with us to take action on these items quickly.
December 2, 2011
I continue to urge the Republican leadership to work with us to avoid expirations of unemployment insurance benefits, the payroll tax holiday, and the Medicare physician payment rate. Unless we act, millions of Americans who are looking for work will lose the ability to support themselves and their families when unemployment insurance benefits begin expiring at the end of the year.
December 2, 2011
Our economy added 140,000 private sector jobs in November, the twenty-first consecutive month of growth, and we saw our unemployment rate fall from 9% to 8.6%. These are further positive signs for our recovery, but as long as Republicans continue to avoid passing a real jobs plan we will be unable to achieve the kind of significant job creation we need.
December 1, 2011
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed extending unemployment benefits and the payroll tax holiday, as well as GOP efforts to suppress voting rights, on The Bill Press Show today.
December 1, 2011
Bill Livingood’s life has been spent in service to our nation and to protecting the democratic institutions that make it great. As a member of the U.S. Secret Service for over three decades, Bill put his life on the line to safeguard the president and his family. Since 1995, he has stood watch over the People’s House and all of its members, staff, and visitors. The strong voice with which Bill has welcomed U.S. presidents and foreign dignitaries into the House chamber has become iconic, and he continues to command attention and respect from all who have known him. He is a good friend, and I have enjoyed serving with him throughout his tenure. I join in thanking Bill for his long years of service to the American people and to the House of Representatives, and I wish him all the best in his retirement.
December 1, 2011
I commend Ranking Member Rahall and other Transportation Committee Democrats for unveiling a bill today that will promote job creation and help more families Make It In America by requiring that infrastructure projects use American-made products. In order to create jobs and remain competitive in the global economy, we need to revitalize our roads, runways and bridges. At a time when too many Americans remain out of work, there is no reason why the materials to build these projects should not come from right here at home, in a manner consistent with our international obligations.
December 1, 2011
On World AIDS Day, we remember those who we have lost and recommit ourselves to the unfinished work of treating and saving the lives of the millions living with the disease. It is also a day to draw strength from the great strides we have made as a nation and in concert with our international partners in the fight against global HIV-AIDS. During these times of challenge and uncertainty, we must not lose sight of our ongoing commitment to expand access to treatment and prevention and to fund research for a cure. The money we spend each year on programs like PEPFAR, ADAP, and the Global Fund has saved countless lives and reaffirmed America as a beacon for hope in Africa and around the world.
December 1, 2011
While the Republican sponsors of the two bills before us contend they will create jobs, their claim is spurious. Economists have told us again and again that easing regulations has a negligible effect on job creation. The only thing these bills will do is make it harder for federal agencies to protect Americans through safety standards and environmental protections. One of the bills adds 35 pages to what is currently a 45 page law, and is likely to add 21 to 39 months to the rulemaking process. Agencies will be tied in knots and leave businesses without the certainty they need.
December 1, 2011
I oppose the Senate Republicans’ payroll tax proposal because it will further strip federal employees of wages and benefits. Federal employees have already stepped up to the plate and are helping to put our nation on a sounder fiscal footing, accepting a 2-year pay freeze which reduces the benefits they would have received by $60 billion over ten years. It is not appropriate to once again call on federal employees to contribute while not asking everyone else to contribute their fair share. It is also ironic that at a time when we need to grow jobs, Republicans are proposing to reduce them, taking our economy in the wrong direction.
December 1, 2011
Before we adjourn for the year, there are a number of important items we must address. The most pressing is the expiration of unemployment benefits at the end of December. Should Congress fail to act, millions of Americans who rely on emergency unemployment compensation will begin to see their payments disappear in starting in January. 2.1 million will have lost their benefits by the middle of February and over 6 million by the end of 2012.