National security continues to be one of the main focuses of the House as we work to move forward with our plan to fully fund the troops and offer a new direction in Iraq. Last night, the House passed the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007. This bill fully funds our troops, in addition to providing funds for improving America's military readiness and ensuring quality health care for our veterans. Just as importantly, this bill holds the President and the Iraqi government accountable for making progress.
In addition to the Iraq Accountability Act, the House also passed the Homeland Security Authorization Act and the Intelligence Authorization Act, two major pieces of legislation that are key to keeping our country safe and Americans protected. Next week, the House is expected to approve the authorization bill for the Department of Defense.
Additionally, the House voted to reauthorize the Head Start program, which will provide 10,000 more children with access to early education to ensure that they are prepared to enter school. The House also passed landmark legislation - the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act - that makes a strong statement about our nation's commitment to tolerance and respect for our differences, as well as two acts that advance the Democrats’ Innovation Agenda to keep America competitive in the global economy.
History was made this week in the Fifth District when England’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, made a stop at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center during their 6-day visit to the United States to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. I was honored to join Senator Barbara Mikulski in presenting the Queen with a framed photo montage of images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. Read all about the Queen’s visit and see more pictures on my Web site at hoyer.house.gov.
Recently, I experimented with a new technology that allowed me to conduct a large scale telephone town hall with thousands of citizens in the Fifth District. For those of you who missed it, you can find an audio recording of the 45-minute town hall on my Web site at hoyer.house.gov.
You can also catch me this Sunday on CSPAN’s Newsmakers program, which broadcasts at both 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. I’ll be talking with reporters Matthew Brown from the Baltimore Sun and Charles Babington with the Washington Post about current issues before the Congress.
For more news from my office, 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 contact my office.
Steny H. Hoyer
Hoyer Presents England’s Monarch with Framed Photo of Hubble Telescope Congressman Steny Hoyer welcomed England’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where the royal couple toured the facility, witnessed communications with astronauts aboard the International Space Station, and was welcomed with a formal greeting ceremony, among other things. Press Release Pictures Washington Post Story Prince George’s Gazette Story NASA Coverage
Hoyer Reports First Telephone Town Hall Meeting a Great Success; Draws More Than 2,000 Participants
Congressman Steny Hoyer reported today that his first telephone town hall meeting, which he conducted on the evening of Tuesday, May 1, fulfilled his hope of providing an additional forum to communicate directly with his 5th district constituents and allow citizens an opportunity to voice their views and questions about issues important to them. Telephone Town Hall Audio Southern Maryland News Story
Hoyer: Public Employees Deserve Our Thanks and Recognition; Calls for Pay Parity Following House Committee Action on Military Pay
Congressman Steny Hoyer marked Public Service Recognition Week (May 7 – 13) with a statement recognizing the work of the more than 20 million federal, state and local government employees throughout the United States. In addition to the statement, Rep. Hoyer paid tribute to the federal workforce by calling for pay parity for civilian and military after the House Armed Services Committee approved a 3.5 percent pay adjustment for members of the military.
Hoyer Praises the Contributions of Maryland’s Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-12)
“This week we pay tribute to some of the most important individuals in our nation: teachers. Most of us owe our teachers a great debt, not only for our education in the classroom, but for inspiring and encouraging us to pursue our dreams and helping us realize the individual strengths and skills we possess….”