On Thursday, the Nation paused to recognize the seventh anniversary of September 11. On that somber day in our history, nearly 3,000 men, women, and children were murdered on American soil – at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and on United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Fifty-four of those brave Americans were Marylanders and eight from Southern Maryland.
In commemoration, I joined 9/11 families, Pentagon workers, elected officials and military dignitaries in designating the new memorial at the site of the plane crash at the Pentagon. Congress also paid its special respects with a ceremony outside the Capitol building and a resolution recognizing September 11 as a day of remembrance and resolve.
Last week, Congress was also working out final details of comprehensive energy legislation to fight the rising cost of gas, curtail America’s dependence on foreign oil, and make serious investments in the next generation of energy technologies. We expect to vote on that legislation this week. Details of the bill can be found here.
Another initiative I am exploring to encourage reduced fuel consumption and help ease traffic congestion in our region involves transitioning more government workers to a 4-day, 10-hour work week schedule. Several state and local governments and private firms have implemented such a policy, and I believe the Federal government has a responsibility to seriously examine this option as a means to conserve gasoline, reduce congestion, and lower commuting costs for all drivers. Read about my recent action on this issue here.
Also this week, the House will vote to send the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act to the President’s desk. This bill will restore protections for citizens with disabilities that have been eroded by a series of court decisions. As a lead sponsor of the original landmark law and the ADA Amendments Act, I am pleased that this bill is moving forward.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. If there is anything you wish to bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Steny H. Hoyer
Hoyer to OPM: Let's Work to Promote Conservation, Help Federal Employees Reduce Consumption Congressman Hoyer sent a letter on September 12 to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regarding his proposal to transition more federal employees to a 4-day, 10-hour work week as a means to conserve gasoline, reduce congestion, and lower commuting costs for all drivers. Read News Release Read Federal Times Story
Hoyer Statement on Senate Passage of ADA Amendments Act
Congressman Hoyer spoke on September 11 at a press conference following Senate passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act. Read News Release Read News Story
Hoyer Statement on the Seventh Anniversary of 9/11 Congressman Hoyer released the following statement commemorating the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001: Read Statement Watch Video Statement