MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER

Rep. Hoyer makes delivery to Prince George’s County food pantry
The winter holiday season is upon us, and I would like to extend warm wishes to  everyone in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District to have a safe and happy holiday. With all of the cooking, decorating, entertaining and traveling, it is also important to keep in mind those who are struggling in this weakened economy to put food on their table, meet their mortgage payments and pay their home heating bills. While everyone has felt the impact of the economic recession in one way or another, now is the time when we are called upon to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Thanks to our strong community spirit and our faith in Maryland’s future, many have made sure their holiday to-do lists include doing something to spread the joy of the holiday season to others.  If you haven’t already, I encourage you to review the philanthropic opportunities listed below and consider supporting one or more of these worthwhile causes to strengthen our communities and help our neighbors in need.

Addressing the struggles of average Americans has been, and will continue to be, the focus of Congress as we work to stabilize our economy. One of the first orders of business when we convene in the new year will be to work with President-elect Obama to enact an economic recovery package. 

The envisioned plan will be geared towards initiatives that create jobs and have the long-term result of creating a stronger economy, such as renewing our infrastructure, extending unemployment insurance, investing in new energy technologies, and helping cash-strapped states protect vital services like education and health care. This is particularly important here in Maryland, where the state is facing a $2 billion budget deficit and would benefit substantially from investments made available for these critical priorities.

As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. May good health and the joys of family and friends bless your holiday season. If there is anything you wish to bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Sincerely yours,


Steny H. Hoyer

NEWS UPDATE

Hoyer, Bowie State University and Prince George’s County Schools Announce New Principals Institute at Bowie State
BOWIE, MD - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, Bowie State University President Mickey L. Burnim, and Interim Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools Dr. William Hite held a press conference to announce a new federally-funded Principals’ Institute at Bowie State to train and certify Prince George’s County educators who want to become administrators and to enhance the skills of those already in leadership positions.

Hoyer Makes Delivery to Prince George’s County Food Pantry
RIVERDALE, MDCongressman Steny H. Hoyer visited the SEED Food Distribution Center in Prince George’s County on Monday, December 15, to deliver food items and other necessities collected by his office. Rep. Hoyer’s visit was intended to highlight the challenges facing the area’s hungry and raise awareness about what people can do to help combat hunger in their communities.

Hoyer: Job Creation Package Needed to Address Increasing Unemployment
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement after the Department of Labor reported this week that 554,000 Americans have filed new applications for unemployment benefits.

Many local charitable organizations are currently in need of donations.  More information is at:
Maryland Food Bank
Capital Area Food Bank
Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake
Salvation Army
Toys for Tots