One year ago on November 7, Americans voted for change, putting Democratic majorities in both the House and Senate. Since the commencement of the 110th Congress in January, we have had a busy and successful 10 months, building an impressive list of accomplishments for the American people. 
Legislation passed and signed into law during the 110th Congress will have a real, positive effect on the lives of Americans by making our nation safer, restoring accountability and openness in government, and restoring the American dream for everyone.  Some of our agenda items signed into law include:
  • 9-11 Commission Recommendations to protect America from terrorism.
  • Largest expansion of college aid since the 1944 GI Bill, which will save the average college student $4,400.
  • First minimum wage increase in a decade, which will give a pay raise to 13 million American workers.
  • An “Innovation Agenda” that will keep American workers competitive in the 21st century global economy.
  • The most sweeping lobbying and ethics reform since Watergate, which will restore the trust of the American people in our government.
  • Reconstruction assistance to help rebuild the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
  • Passing and adhering to pay-as-you-go budget rules and passing a balanced budget to restore fiscal responsibility to our government and prevent handing our debt off to our children and grandchildren.


As 2007 comes to a close, the 110th Congress is committed to completing our work on key priorities, including:
  • Providing health care for 10 million low-income children.
  • Making the largest increase in veterans’ health care in the 77-year history of the Veterans Administration.
  • Making our nation more energy independent.
  • Combating global warming.
  • Making investments in our nation’s future, including education, health care, and cops on the beat.
  • Continuing to challenge the President on Iraq – no more blank checks for his failed strategy.
This impressive record however is just the beginning of our work on behalf of the American people as we continue to press ahead on changing the direction of this country for the better. One year later, with significant progress to show, we continue our work to lead the nation in a New Direction and towards a greater America.
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



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