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Topic - Steny H. Hoyer
I am a Christian, veteran, wife, mother and grandmother. I have shown my disagreement with Obamacare prior to its passage and after by attending protests on the Mall in Washington, going to a protest at the office of my congressman, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, and even showing up at a town-hall meeting given by Mr. Hoyer. I have walked the halls of our national lawmakers and expressed my disagreement with their staffers. I have written and submitted letters to the editors of various newspapers and proudly displayed bumper stickers I have had made.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is now billing his race against Democrat Terry McAuliffe as a referendum on President Obama's health care overhaul— a pivot that Mr. Cuccinelli hopes will gin up enthusiasm among the GOP base but one that could prove risky if recent polling on the Virginia governor's race is accurate.
As millions of people receive notices that their health insurance is being canceled, the White House said Tuesday that President Obama didn't mislead the public when he repeatedly and emphatically promised that everyone could keep their plan under Obamacare.
With a government shutdown two days away, House Republicans powered their latest stopgap spending bill through the chamber early Sunday morning, trying yet again to put a dent in Obamacare while vowing they don't want a shutdown.
Congress is slinking toward an August exit from Washington with little to show for the past few weeks, and House Republicans suffered a major setback Wednesday when they had to pull their first domestic spending bill of the year from the floor, realizing they didn't have the votes to pass it.
Two federal lawmakers from Maryland, a state that embraced the new health care law from the start, pitched the benefits of Obamacare to constituents Monday — even as congressional Republicans about 25 miles up the road prepped last-ditch efforts to dismantle the law from their perch on Capitol Hill.
The House voted Wednesday to delay mandates in the federal health care law requiring individuals and large employers to have coverage, with dozens of Democrats joining Republicans in poking a symbolic hole in the president's signature achievement.
House Republicans are pressing to kill an independent government commission designed to improve state-level voting procedures, arguing the body has run its course, is ineffectual and is a waste of taxpayer money.
Get ready for a little deja vu from Washington. The federal government is about to hit the debt ceiling, now set at a whopping $16.8 trillion. Yes, again. It's like the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day" — only this time, unfortunately, no one is laughing.
Democrats wasted no time in blaming Republicans for the Boston Marathon bombings. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer immediately faulted the Republicans, since, as he said, they were the cause of the sequestration cuts that allowed the bombings to be carried out. He conveniently forgets, evidently, that President Obama proposed the sequestration, which was only considered after he backed away from a deal made with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John A. Boehner.
Top House leaders said Tuesday they're inching closer to an immigration deal they can bring to the floor for a vote "in the near term," and political momentum continued to build across the Capitol with Sen. Rand Paul adding his voice to those calling for the GOP to take a softer line on illegal immigration.
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer says Congress must "put aside ideological constraints" and resolve differences over taxes, budget and spending.
After conducting their own independent review of gun violence, House Democrats on Thursday outlined new gun-control proposals very similar to the White House plan: Broader background checks and bans on military-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
A rare and likely fleeting show of bipartisanship enveloped Capitol Hill on Monday as members of both parties congratulated President Obama on his second inauguration, though some Republicans tempered their praise with concerns about the tasks ahead.
What if they read the Constitution and barely anybody came?
"We should be recognizing and thanking our federal employees for their hard work and important contributions to our economy and our security — not making them into a scapegoat for our nation's challenges," he said in a statement.
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said Thursday that he "vehemently opposes" any budget hardship placed on the federal workforce.