On Tuesday, August 10, the House will return for a special session to consider HR 1586, the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act, which will ensure that as our children return to school in the next month, so will their teachers. This bill is projected to save 2,500 teaching jobs in Maryland that would have otherwise been cut due to state budget constraints.
The bill also includes a six-month extension (from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011) of enhanced federal Medicaid assistance for the states – including $273,000,000 for Maryland. These funds help states cover costs of additional Medicaid caseloads often experienced during economic downturn and recovery periods.
Last week, I was very happy to hear personally from a number of you at events throughout the District. I met with defense contractors, small business owners, local manufacturers, students, faculty and administrators at our local colleges, and many other members of our community to continue our ongoing dialogue about the issues that matter to the people of the Fifth District. I look forward to continuing this conversation in the weeks and months to come.
Congressman Hoyer Meets with Small Businesses on the Impact of Health Care Reform
Congressman Hoyer met with local small businesses to discuss the short- and long-term benefits of health insurance reform, how reform will impact them, and how they can get involved in Maryland’s reform implementation process. Read release Read story: Employer Questions On Insurance Law Abound
Congressman Hoyer Visits Maryland Manufacturers as Part of “Make it in America” Tour
Congressman Hoyer visited three local Maryland manufacturers as part of his “Make it in America” tour to discuss the Democrats’ recently launched Make it in America agenda. Read release
Congressman Hoyer Leads Discussion on the Role of Community Colleges to Help “Make it in America”
Congressman Hoyer led a roundtable discussion at the College of Southern Maryland’s Prince Frederick Campus, to highlight the College’s clean energy sector partnerships and workforce development opportunities. Read release
Hoyer, Bohanan Team Up, Tackle Rift Between Base, Contractor Community
Interested leaders of the business and defense contractor industries packed in to the Southern Md. Higher Education Center Wednesday, August 4 to discuss issues with NAS Patuxent River with Congressman Steny Hoyer and Delegate John Bohanan. Read story
Congressman Hoyer Participates in National Night Out
Congressman Hoyer attended the 17th Annual Shady Side National Night Out (NNO), where he spoke with residents, law enforcement personnel, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials about their successful efforts to make their communities better and safer places to live. Read release
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.