August 2, 2013
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This week, I was pleased the House came together and passed a bipartisan bill to keep student loan interest rates low and ensure higher education is affordable to pursue. It was good news for students and families in Maryland and across the country, and it also showed that Congress has the ability to work together to address important challenges facing our country.

However, I'm deeply disappointed that the House has not acted to replace the sequester this Congress. Over the past few months, I've been visiting constituents across the Fifth District to hear firsthand how the arbitrary, across-the-board spending cuts imposed by sequestration are affecting our community. From civilian defense employees being furloughed to seniors losing assistance through Meals on Wheels, the families and businesses in the Fifth District cannot afford this irrational approach to deficit reduction. Congress ought to work together - as we did to keep student loan interest rates low - to replace the sequester with a balanced alternative that includes smart, strategic spending cuts and revenues.

When the House returns from its August District Work Period, I will continue to urge House Republican leaders - who control the House Floor - to allow the House to vote on a responsible alternative. I encourage you to share how the sequester is impacting you and your family by contacting my office or connecting with me on Facebook and Twitter. Together, we can continue to highlight the need to replace the sequester, end furloughs, strengthen national security, and put our nation back on a sound fiscal path.

As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you.

With warmest regards, I am,

Sincerely yours,

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Steny H. Hoyer

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