Steny Hoyer

Democrats Use Loophole to Push Discharge Petition on DREAM Act
Procedural creativity allows circumvention of 30-day rule

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer was among the Democrats who employed a procedural tool Thursday that could lead to a vote on the DREAM Act. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats, led by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, used some procedural creativity Thursday in filing a resolution to discharge a bill that could ultimately lead to a vote on the so-called DREAM Act.

The DREAM Act is a measure that Democrats and some Republicans want to pass as a legislative solution to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, that sheltered roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children from deportation.

Late Night Votes Ahead: House Considering 4-Bill Spending Package Before Recess

Republican House leadership is confident they have the votes to pass a four-bill “minibus” spending package before heading out for the August recess. They’re slated to leave town Friday, July 28. The minibus includes Defense, Energy-Water, Legislative Branch and Military Construction-VA funding (66 percent of discretionary spending for the government), as well as funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, according to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. See the video for more details on the House’s busy week.

Tim Ryan Supporters Move Up After Criticizing Leadership
Members see few, if any, repercussions from speaking out against Pelosi

Tim Ryan, center, and his backers from his failed bid for minority leader cite few ramifications from criticizing Democratic leadership. Appearing from left are Reps. Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts, Ryan, and Ruben Gallego of Arizona. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)" data-mce-src="http://author.rollcall.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/dem_elections017_113016.jpg" height="1598" width="2400"> Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, center, and his backers from his failed bid for minority leader cite few ramifications from criticizing Democratic leadership. Appearing from left are Reps. Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, Stephen F. Lynch of Massachusetts, Ryan, and Ruben Gallego of Arizona. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A little more than two months ago, 63 House Democrats voted for a change at the top of their leadership structure. Now, in an unexpected turn of events, some of the most vocal critics of the existing power system are in new leadership positions of their own. 

Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan, who challenged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for her post, is now the ranking member of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, a position that gives him oversight of Congress’ internal spending, including money spent on leadership offices and members’ salaries, as well as Capitol Police.

Bipartisan Majority Could Have Stopped House IRS Impeachment Vote
Many in GOP said to have lingering concerns about process

Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent said there enough Republicans to join Democrats in tabling the resolution to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Weeks of Republican infighting over whether the House should move to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen could have ended last Thursday with a vote to table the impeachment resolution. 

"We had more than enough votes, more than sufficient votes to table the motion," Rep. Charlie Dent said in an interview.

Hoyer: House Democrats Want Omnibus After Short-Term CR
Democratic whip pans Speaker Paul Ryan's 'minibus' strategy

Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer says House Democrats would support a continuing resolution to extend government funding through Dec. 9 that excludes "extraneous matters." (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats want Congress this month to pass a short-term continuing resolution free of extraneous, partisan policy riders, and then enact an omnibus spending bill on or before Dec. 9, Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer told reporters Tuesday. 

"I don't know why you would talk about minibuses unless you want to leave somebody off the bus," the Maryland Democrat said, criticizing an appropriations strategy Speaker Paul D. Ryan has promoted.

Democrats 'Not Worried' About Punishment for House Sit-In, Hoyer Says
McCarthy says 'appropriate measure' is coming soon

Indiana Rep. André Carson conducted an interview via FaceTime on the East Front of the Capitol after House Democrats ended their sit-in in June. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans may soon take action to condemn or punish Democrats for breaking House rules during a June sit-in on the floor to protest gun violence, but Democrats are not fretting about it, House Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday. 

"I don't know what they're investigating, but in any event, I don't think we're worried," the Maryland Democrat said. 

A Month After Orlando, Capitol Vigil Marks Inaction on Guns
"Doing nothing is an insult," Democrats say

Georgia Rep. John Lewis, right, speaks during a vigil Tuesday on the Capitol steps in front of his fellow Democratic members holding up pictures of the Orlando nightclub victims, to mark the one month anniversary of the shooting. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A month to the day after the shooting that left 49 people dead in a Florida gay nightclub, a House committee held a hearing on legislation that LGBT rights advocates say would allow discrimination. Another committee pounded the nation’s top law enforcement officer with more questions about email servers than mass shootings.  

And lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol acknowledged that even the most lenient gun control initiatives would not pass this Congress.  

Hoyer Calls for Overhauls To Reduce Lack of Trust in Government
He focuses on changes to campaign finance, redistricting, voting rights and technology

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Government needs to fix its own problems before it can truly address the issues that plague the country, House Minority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Monday.   

"We can’t fully tap into our economic opportunities if we don’t make sure government works too," the Maryland Democrat said in a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center.   

Hoyer Dismayed Kathleen Matthews Didn’t Win
 

Sitting down with Roll Call editor-in-chief Melinda Henneberger, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer expressed disappointment by the lack of women in the Maryland delegation, saying that Kathleen Matthews losing Maryland’s 8th district seat to state Sen. Jamie Raskin was “a real loss.”