Earlier this month, we paused to celebrate the Fourth of July and recognize the independence of our nation and the sacrifices made by those who have fought and continue to fight to preserve our freedoms. In keeping with the independence theme, House Leaders unveiled an Energy Independence package aimed at lessening the nation’s dependence on foreign oil and cutting our greenhouse gas emissions. In the weeks ahead, we will be finalizing this legislation with the hope of passing it before August. For more information, see below.

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single largest investment in college aid since the GI bill.

This week, the House passed the College Cost Reduction Act, a significant accomplishment which represents the largest single investment in college aid since the 1944 GI Bill. This landmark legislation will make college more affordable for millions of students by increasing the maximum Pell Grant by at least $500 and by cutting interest in half on subsidized student loans over the next five years.  It also continues Democrats' commitment to fiscal responsibility by including $750 million in federal deficit reduction. For more information, see below. 

Also, just a quick note of interest: On Sunday, July 15, the NASA Goddard Visitor Center will be hosting a model rocket launch event from 1-3 p.m. to commemorate the historic Apollo 11 Lunar flight, 38 years ago. The public is invited to participate and bring your own launch-ready models. For more information, visit NASA's website.

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Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer


House Passes Single Largest Investment in College Aid Since GI Bill, Including $204 Million for Maryland Students & Families
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer voted to approve the College Cost Reduction Act of 2007 (H.R. 2669) that would make the single largest investment in college financial aid since the 1944 GI Bill, with $204 million to help Maryland students and families pay for college – and doing so at no new cost to U.S. taxpayers.

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Hoyer Statement on House Democratic Energy Independence Package
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer joined House Committee Chairs at a press conference to unveil House Democrats' comprehensive energy package that will increase energy independence and cut our greenhouse gas emissions.

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Hoyer Statement on Passage of Food and Drug Administration Bill
On Wednesday, the House passed legislation that will help millions of Americans lead healthier lives by decreasing the time it takes to provide FDA approval of medications, giving the FDA resources to take potentially dangerous medications off of shelves quickly, and encouraging pharmaceutical companies to perform pediatric safety reviews of their medications.

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