February is Black History Month, and a time that is designated to recognize the numerous contributions that African Americans have had in shaping our great nation and advancing equality and justice for all Americans.  Clearly, this goal of equality and justice is something we should continue to strive for and work towards every day, all year round – a point that was made at an annual Black History Breakfast I attended recently with special guest speaker Tavis Smiley, Tavis Smiley, Host of Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI. See below for more on the breakfast.

A few weeks ago, I sent a message about an economic stimulus plan to jumpstart the slowing economy. I am pleased to report that this week the President signed that legislation. Individual tax rebate checks could be in the mail as early as mid-May. For more information about whether you qualify for a stimulus payment, click here.

As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. If you have any questions about the stimulus plan or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office or email me at

Sincerely yours, 

Steny H. Hoyer 


Bipartisan Economic Stimulus Plan Signed into Law, 2.5 Million in Maryland to Receive Tax Rebate
- Congressman Steny H. Hoyer praised the enactment of a bipartisan plan to stimulate the economy after President Bush signed the
Recovery Rebates and Economic Stimulus for the American People Act.
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Stimulus snapshot

Hoyer & Community Leaders Commemorate Black History Month at Annual Breakfast
– On Saturday, February 9, Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) attended the 27th Annual Black History Month Breakfast along with Senator Ben Cardin and Tavis Smiley, Host of Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI, who was the honored keynote speaker. 
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House Passes Second Major Bill to Improve College Access & Affordability
– Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) voted today for passage of the
College Opportunity and Affordability Act (H.R. 4137), a strongly-supported, bipartisan bill that builds on the 110th Congress’ efforts to make college more affordable and accessible.
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Hoyer Meets with DC and Washington Nationals Officials to Discuss Concerns with New Ballpark’s Impact on Maryland Commuters
– Yesterday afternoon, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) held a meeting with a broad group of stake holders to discuss transportation issues related to the opening of the new Washington Nationals stadium.