MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER

Rep. Hoyer speaks on the House Floor on children’s health care bill.
Next Tuesday marks an historic day as millions will gather to celebrate the swearing-in of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. I look forward to working with the President-elect and serving the people of Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District in the 111th Congress as we address the challenges facing our nation.  As we embark on this new era, the most pressing issue on our agenda is responding to the economic crisis that has led to severe job loss and a downturn affecting almost all Americans. This week, the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled an economic recovery plan to create and save 3 million jobs and strengthen our economy both now and in the long-term. This is an important bill needed to put people back to work in our state and in our country and to lift our economy out of this recession.

I also wanted to take a moment to update you on recent action Congress has taken that will impact the lives of many children in Maryland and across the country.  On January 14, the House passed legislation to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), which provides health care for uninsured, low-income children who do not qualify for Medicaid. The bill will expand the program to include more than 11 million children nationwide, including an additional 73,800 children in Maryland on top of the 137,000 who are currently enrolled. 

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

NEWS UPDATE

House Passes SCHIP Bill to Expand Children’s Health Care for Low-Income Maryland Children
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer spoke on the House Floor in support of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which will expand the program to include more than 11 million children nationwide. Maryland currently has 132,887 enrolled in the program.

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Hoyer Highlights Maryland-Relevant Details of American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill Introduced in House
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer highlighted Maryland-relevant details of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill to create jobs and strengthen the economy, unveiled this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Hoyer Statement on TARP legislation
Congressman Hoyer released the following statement after the Senate voted to allow the release of the remaining Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funds:As our nation continues to struggle with this recession, it is important that President-elect Obama have all the tools he needs to address the ongoing financial crisis in a swift, effective manner as soon as he takes office.”

Hoyer Statement on the Paycheck Fairness Act
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House this week:Within my lifetime, the ideal of ‘equal pay for equal work’ was a radical one.”

Hoyer Floor Speech on Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Equity Act
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer spoke on the House Floor in support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Equity Act, which passed the House this week:“The value of work lies in a job well done, not in the gender of the worker.”

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