MESSAGE FROM CONGRESSMAN STENY H. HOYER

Rep. Hoyer holds a town hall meeting on health care reform.

The last two weeks have been extremely productive in the House of Representatives. In that time we have passed legislation to strengthen community policing efforts and help law enforcement combat hate crimes. We approved a Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights to crack down on some of the most abusive practices used by credit card companies to unfairly target their customers. And both the House and the Senate passed the final version of the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Resolution, a document that lays out our most important national priorities for the year to come.

Among the priorities the budget plans for is a comprehensive health care reform bill that lowers costs, improves quality, increases access to coverage, and provides Americans with a choice of health plans and physicians. Two weeks ago, I held a town hall meeting in Bowie, Maryland on the need for health care reform. More than 200 people came to listen and share their views of the current health care system and ideas for how to improve it. You can watch the taped CSPAN video of the meeting here.

This week, we will continue to focus on the recession, its causes and solutions, and the steps we need to take to prevent a collapse like this from recurring. The House will consider legislation to crack down on mortgage fraud and predatory lending, some of the dangerous practices that have contributed to our recent wave of foreclosures. And we will also debate the establishment of a commission to examine the recession’s causes in detail and explain those causes to the American people, so that we can all draw lessons that will serve us in the future.

As America marks the end of President Obama’s first 100 days, I think that one of the most important changes is a newfound confidence that this recession can be beaten, and that our government is taking the serious action these hard times demand. This renewed confidence is evident here in the Capitol—and I hope it is evident in the communities throughout our district.

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.

With warmest regards, I am

Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

NEWS UPDATE

Rep. Hoyer Holds Town Hall Meeting on Need for Health Care Reform
Bowie, MD - Marylanders concerned about rising health care costs and unsatisfied with the current system of care attended a town hall meeting in Bowie on Monday, April 20, hosted by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) on the need for health care reform.
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Watch video of town hall

Read story in the Bowie Blade News

Click here to read more about steps the 111th Congress has already taken to improve health care for all Americans

House Passes Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights
Washington, DC -The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Credit Cardholders' Bill of Rights (H.R. 627) - sweeping legislation that will protect consumers from abusive tactics by credit card companies that continue to drive so many Americans deeper and deeper into debt.
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Bill summary

Hoyer Hails House Passage of COPS Improvements Act
Washington, DC -Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) applauded House passage of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Improvements Act.  The bill bolsters the successful COPS program, authorizing $1.8 billion a year over the next five years to help improve community policing efforts and places an additional 50,000 police officers on the street nationwide.

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Hoyer, Local Preservationists Announce New Roof Restoration Project for National Historic Landmark in Prince George's County
Clinton, MD - As part of efforts to restore one of Prince George's County's most historic structures- Poplar Hill on His Lordship's Kindness - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) joined preservationists and local leaders on Tuesday, April 21, to announce the start of a major roof restoration project made possible in part by $158,000 in federal funding secured by Rep. Hoyer.
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Read story in Prince George’s Post

Hoyer Statement on Budget Conference Report

Washington, DC -Congressman Steny H. Hoyer spoke on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the budget conference report, which passed the House 233-193. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery.
Floor Statement

Economic Recovery Update