This week, the House Budget Committee passed the federal budget resolution, reflecting the priorities set forth by the President and the Congress, including targeted, strategic investments that will strengthen the economy and ensure economic stability over the long-term. The budget that was passed also makes a down payment on health care reform, creates a path to energy independence, and reforms and invests in education. In addition to making these necessary investments, it reduces the deficit by nearly two-thirds by 2013 and makes significant strides to restore our budget sustainability. The House will vote on the budget measure next week.
This week was also Covered the Uninsured Week – a weeklong effort to foster conversation about reforming the nation’s health care system and making affordable health insurance available to the 45 million currently uninsured Americans. The House budget resolution includes a commitment to passing health care reform legislation this year that that will reduce costs, improve quality, preserve choice of plan and provider, and expand access to coverage.
As the debate over reforming our nation’s health care system gets underway, it is my intention to keep you up-to-date as reform legislation moves through Congress. This week, my office launched a new daily email called “The Daily Dose” to help you track health care reform news and developments. If you would like to sign up to receive The Daily Dose, please click here.
Next week, in addition to the budget, the House will consider the Senate version of the Serve America Act, a top priority for President Obama, which will create new service opportunities for more Americans to volunteer and give back to their communities to help them through the current economic crisis. I expect that the House will pass this bill and quickly send it to the President for his signature.
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.
Hoyer: House Budget Committee Supports Federal Employee Pay Parity CongressmanSteny H. Hoyer applauded the House Budget Committee this week for including a strong statement of support for federal employee pay parity in the Democratic House budget proposal. Read release
Hoyer Statement on Cover the Uninsured Week This week, Leader Hoyer observed Covered the Uninsured Week, an effort to foster conversation about reforming the nation’s health care system and making affordable health insurance available to the more than45 million currently uninsured Americans. Read release
Hoyer Statement on Secretary Geithner Regulatory Proposal On Thursday, Leader Hoyer responded to the announcement from Treasury Secretary Geithner on the Administration’s plan for regulatory reform. Read release
Hoyer Statement on President’s Afghanistan/Pakistan Strategy Today, Leader Hoyer commended President Obama on his new comprehensive strategy for the Afghanistan/Pakistan region. Read release