I imagine that at some point this summer, you may have ventured out to enjoy one or many of Maryland’s waterways, whether it was kayaking on the Patuxent River, sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, or fishing off of Point Lookout. I too ventured out recently, but to one of the lesser known tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed – the Anacostia River. This river is one of our country’s most historic - beginning in Maryland, flowing past the shores of our Nation’s Capital and into the Potomac River and the majestic Chesapeake Bay. Restoring this once thriving river is a critical priority, and one that I believe can serve as a national symbol of environmental preservation. See pictures here.

While I was fortunate to get outside for the tour of the Anacostia River, I have spent the greater part of the last few weeks working indoors to pass important legislation affecting the average American. I am pleased to report that in that time, the House has approved an update of the nation’s air transportation system to reduce flight delays and improve safety; passed legislation to help addressthe crisis in the subprime loan market; strengthened the FDA’s authority to ensure drug safety; and updated the National Flood Insurance Program to meet the needs of the 21st century.

Rep. Hoyer speaks at a rally outside the State Capitol in 
support of the Children's Health Insurance Program.
In addition, we have passed legislation to provide ten million low-income uninsured children with healthcare under the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The bipartisan legislation preserves coverage for the 6.6 million currently in the program and extends health care to 3.8 million children more, including 42,800 in the State of Maryland.  Unfortunately, President Bush has vetoed this legislation. In the days ahead, the House of Representatives will attempt to override the President’s unjustified veto of this critical legislation. 

I will talk about the importance of the Children’s Health Insurance Program this Saturday, October 6, when I deliver the Democratic radio address, which airs on radio stations nationwide at 11:06 a.m. (EST) following the President’s weekly radio address. Locally, you will be able to tune-in on WTOP 103.5 FM.
Also, I recently held my second telephone town hall meeting, drawing more than 3,800 participants from Maryland’s 5th Congressional District. In case you missed it and would like to listen in on the discussion, you can hear a recording of the town hall on the front page of my website at

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.

Sincerely yours, 

Steny H. Hoyer 

Maryland Leaders Demand CHIP Reauthorization
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer joined Governor Martin O’Malley, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown, Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch, children's health advocates, and families today in urging support for the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 
Congressman Hoyer’s Statement on the President’s Veto of CHIP Legislation
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement after President Bush vetoed bipartisan legislation that would provide health insurance to 10 million children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  The bill would extend health insurance to 4 million children, including 42,000 in the State
Hoyer Statement on Signing of Landmark College Aid Bill
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer hailed the signing of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, the largest investment in college aid in 60 years, including more than $370 million for Maryland students and families.
Federal, State, Local Leaders Tour Anacostia River to Shine Spotlight on Nation’s ‘Forgotten River’
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, in partnership with the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership and the Anacostia Watershed Society, led a delegation of 40 federal, state and local leaders on a boat tour of the Anacostia River.
Mikulski & Hoyer Hail Signing of Drug Safety & Medical Devices Legislation
President Bush signed into law the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act, legislation that will significantly enhance the FDA’s ability to ensure consumers have timely access to safe prescription drugs and medical devices.