Whether you have a son or daughter who is already in college or will someday seek a higher education, or you are a student yourself, it is likely that the rising cost of college is something about which you are concerned.  College affordability is an issue that Congress is concerned about as well, and with the passage of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act last week, we will reduce the cost of college for thousands of Maryland students and their families.

This bill, which has been hailed as the single largest investment in college financial aid since the 1944 GI Bill, would result in a $370 million cumulative cut in college costs for Maryland families. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law next week. Click here for more information about the bill and who will benefit.
With the enactment of this bill the new Democratic Majority has succeeded in accomplishing yet another element of our New Direction Agenda. In addition to college affordability, we have raised the federal minimum wage and strengthened homeland security by implementing the recommendations of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission. On top of that we have passed ethics and lobbying reform legislation soon to be signed by the President and instituted strict budget rules to get our fiscal house in order.
To hear more about how Congress is making progress for the American people on the toughest challenges we face, I invite you to join me for my second telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday, September 25 from 6:45 – 7:45 p.m. My first town hall held earlier this year proved to be a convenient way to talk with 5thdistrict constituents about a range of federal issues. To participate in my second telephone town hall, dial 866-447-5149 and enter the pin number 12897.
For more news from my office, please continue reading below or visit my Web site at 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 

Hoyer Hails Passage of Landmark College Aid Bill
The U.S. House approved final legislation to reduce the cost of college for thousands of Maryland students and their families by boosting the Pell Scholarship and cutting student loan rates in half. Congressman Steny H. Hoyer called the legislation “a landmark investment to make college more affordable and America more competitive.”
Hoyer & House VA Committee Chairman Meet with Maryland Veterans
At the VFW Post 8810, in Waldorf on Saturday, September 8, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer and Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Congressman Bob Filner (D-CA) talked with leaders of the veterans’ community from across the State of Maryland about issues important to veterans, military retirees and their families. 

Hoyer: Abysmal Jobs Report Further Evidence of Administration’s Economic Policies Failing Maryland and the Nation
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer released a statement after the Department of Labor reported that the U.S. economy lost 4,000 jobs in August, and revised downward the previously reported job gains in June and July by 81,000 jobs.  Economists generally agree that the economy needs to gain 150,000 jobs a month just to keep pace with population growth.

Hoyer, Cardin, USDA Secretary Mike Johanns Tout BARC as Leading Agriculture Research Facility
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, and Senator Ben Cardin visited the Beltsville Agriculture Research Center on Monday, September 10, to tour the BARC complex and receive briefings by researchers on projects underway at the world-class facility.