Posts Tagged: Steny H. Hoyer

House Dem Whip Steny Hoyer’s Statement on Puerto Rico

  I was disappointed that the Justice Department chose to interfere in Puerto Rico’s planned referendum on statehood.  By doing so, the Trump Administration is demonstrating exactly why a majority of Puerto Ricans voted five years ago for a change in status – they want to determine for themselves the future of the island, including… Read more »

Dem Whip Steny H. Hoyer Requests Vote for Territorial Delegates

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) sent a letter to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) asking that the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, as well as the other non-voting delegates from the other territories and Washington D.C., be allowed to cast votes in the Committee of the Whole House. The Committee of… Read more »

“PROMESA” Floor Debate Makes a Great Civics Lesson

The current polarization of the two major political parties in the United States can make it hard to get across the idea of bipartisan cooperation in Congress to students. For college or high school classrooms — or for stepping up dinner table conversations — the floor debate on PROMESA makes a great lesson. So pull… Read more »

Rep. Steny Hoyer Keeps Puerto Rico on Congress’s Mind

House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) talked about Puerto Rico during a conversation on the House Floor. “Puerto Rico, of course, is an integral part of the United States of America,” he said. “Its citizens are citizens of the United states of America. Like other jurisdictions who have from time to time, whether they… Read more »

Lowey and Hoyer Say That Puerto Rico Must Remain a Priority for Congress

On December 17th, a number of Democratic lawmakers spoke about Puerto Rico on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.  Among them were senior Democrats Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the highest ranking Democrat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the Democratic Whip and second most powerful Democrat in the… Read more »

Speaker Ryan Pledges to Resolve Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Crisis by March 31st

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan late this afternoon said that he was “instructing” House committees to “work with the Puerto Rican government to come up with a responsible solution” to “Puerto Rico’s fiscal crisis” by March 31st. As first reported in the Hill, Ryan made it clear that this would not include broad authority… Read more »

Hoyer Asks for Amendments Vote for Resident Commissioner

U.S. House of Representatives Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) has written a letter to Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) asking that Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner and the representatives of the other U.S. territories and the District of Columbia be given the right to vote on amendments to bills in the full House during the upcoming… Read more »

63 in Congress Sponsor Statehood Bill

The number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have formally proposed statehood legislation for Puerto Rico has grown to 63. The 63 do not include other members of Congress who have said that they support the legislation, including, for example Raul Labrador (Idaho), a Republican with ‘Tea Party’ support, who was born in… Read more »

54 in Congress Propose 51st State

The number of members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have formally proposed statehood legislation for Puerto Rico reached 54. The 54 members of Congress do not include a number of others who have said that they support the legislation, including, for example Raul Labrador (Idaho), who was born in Puerto Rico, a Republican… Read more »