MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER

With spring just around the corner, you may be preparing to get out the broom and sweep away the dust and cobwebs that accumulated in your house over the winter. For Democrats in Congress, we have just begun the housekeeping necessary to attend to unfinished business and important priorities left unaddressed under previous majorities in Congress.
 
For instance, last week we passed three clean water bills that had been held up in previous Congresses. The bills, which authorize major investments in wastewater infrastructure and anti-pollution measures, will significantly help Maryland address water quality problems and promote public health, create jobs and stimulate economic development. More information on those bills is provided below.
 
Cleaning house continued this past week as the House passed a series of long overdue bills to make enhance government accountability and transparency and protect taxpayers from waste, fraud, abuse and corruption. The approved legislation included measures to improve public access to government information, enhance accountability in the federal contracting process, and provide more protections for government whistleblowers.
 Progress act
Long overdue action is also needed to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and take our country on a new path towards energy independence. Earlier this month, I introduced the PROGRESS Act, a comprehensive package of measures that represent a major national effort to make substantial gains in technology, conservation and vehicle efficiency, and the use of alternative fuels. This legislation marks a major shift in our nation’s energy policy and will provide the framework for big changes in how we power our energy future. I'm pleased that more than 100 of my colleagues have joined me in cosponsoring this legislation. Again, more information is below.
 
For more news from my office, including announcements related to filing your federal taxes and applications to U.S. Service Academies, please continue reading below. As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. If there is anything you wish to share with me or bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to get a hold of my office.

Sincerely yours, 

Steny H. Hoyer 


NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer Fights for Clean Water; House Passes Bills Critical to Ensuring Maryland’s Water Quality
Washington, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer voted along with the majority of theU.S. House of Representatives to approve three critical water quality bills that will significantly help state and local governments in Maryland address water quality problems and promote public health, create jobs and stimulate economic development.
 
 
Hoyer Unveils Major Energy Independence Bill; Says PROGRESS Act Critical to Maryland’s Economy, Security and Environment
Washington, DC -
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer unveiled his Program for Energy Security (PROGRESS) Act, a comprehensive package of measures that represent a major national effort to make substantial gains in technology, conservation and vehicle efficiency, and the use of alternative fuels.
 
 
Hoyer Reintroduces Legislation to Lower Health Care Costs for Federal Employees
Washington, DC – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer reintroduced bipartisan legislation to increase the government's share of Federal Employee Health Care Benefit Plan (FEHBP) premiums from 72 percent to 80 percent, a measure which would save the average federal work $509 annually in health care costs.
 
 
Hoyer Accepting U.S. Service Academy Applications; to Host U.S. Academy and Military Career Forum in April
Greenbelt, MD - Congressman Hoyer announced that his office is currently accepting U.S. Service Academy applications for anyone interested in entering a U.S. Service Academy in the summer of 2008.For students’ convenience, Hoyer’s office has now made the full Service Academy Application packet available online on his Web site: http://hoyer.house.gov/services/academy.asp. Hoyer also announced today that he will host the 26th Annual U.S. Academy and Military Career Forum at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro on Monday, April 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 
Important Tax Notice: IRS Urges Caution about Internet Sites that Resemble the Official IRS Site; Alerts of “Phishing” Scams Announcing False Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that there is only one official IRS government Web site:
www.irs.gov. Taxpayers seeking information or filing online should be wary of Internet sites that contain some form of the Internal Revenue Service name or IRS acronym with a .com, .net, .org or other designation in the address instead of .gov. Always check carefully and make sure you know what Web site you are using.
 
The IRS also reminds consumers to be alert to an on-going “phishing” Internet scam in which consumers receive a false e-mail informing them of a federal tax refund. The e-mail, which claims to be from the IRS, directs the consumer to a link — often a Web site resembling the IRS Web site — that requests personal and financial information, such as Social Security number and credit card information. This scheme is an attempt to trick the e-mail recipients into disclosing their personal and financial data needed to access victims’ financial accounts, run up charges on existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services or benefits in the victim’s name and even file fraudulent tax returns.