He is serving his 20th term in the House of Representatives, and has been the second-ranking House Democrat for almost two decades. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) is playing a critical role in helping President Biden’s progressive agenda make its way through Congress. The Majority Leader joined Washington Post Live to discuss immigration reform, the infrastructure bill and his legislative goals for 2021.

Highlights

When asked what he makes of Republican efforts to remove Liz Cheney from leadership, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he thinks the Republican Party’s pandering to former president Donald Trump is a “real weakness.” “Liz Cheney’s greatest offense, apparently, is she is principled and she believes in the truth.” (Washington Post Live)
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says he applauds the decision of Facebook’s Oversight Board to uphold the platform’s ban of former president Donald Trump. “Facebook is not the public square. We need to remember they’re a private company.” (Washington Post Live)
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says Democratic leadership had a meeting about infrastructure with then-president Donald Trump last spring, during which Trump proposed a $2 trillion price tag for an infrastructure plan. “This is not a figure that’s unusual, and it was Donald Trump’s figure. The problem is he didn’t send a bill down to do that. He didn’t say how to pay for it as Joe Biden has said, but there is certainly a basis for bipartisan agreement.” (Washington Post Live)
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) predicted in May that Democrats would win in the Midwest in 2022 thanks to President Biden's "jobs bill." (Washington Post Live)

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.)

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As House Majority Leader, Congressman Hoyer is the second-ranking member of the House Democratic Leadership. He is charged with scheduling legislation for consideration on the House Floor, shaping House Democrats’ legislative priorities, and delivering the Democratic message. Congressman Hoyer previously served as House Majority Leader from 2007 to 2011, and as House Democratic Whip from 2003 to 2007 and from 2011-2019.

Congressman Hoyer has helped lead efforts in Congress to invest in job creation and make our economy more competitive. Since 2010, he has spearheaded House Democrats’ “Make It In America” plan, which seeks to grow our economy, create jobs here in the U.S., and provide families with the economic security they need. He made crucial contributions to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which has expanded access to quality, affordable health care to all Americans, and has helped lead efforts to defend the law in court. He continues to advocate for measures to strengthen and build on the Affordable Care Act and has supported efforts to lower prescription drug costs. When the COVID-19 pandemic exposed serious racial disparities in health care outcomes, Congressman Hoyer helped draw attention to these disparities and the need to address them.

As an advocate of equal opportunity, Congressman Hoyer guided the historic Americans with Disabilities Act to passage in 1990, as well as the ADA Amendments Act in 2008 that strengthened the law. He was a lead sponsor of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, which was hailed as the most important voting rights legislation since the 1960s. Over the past few years, as several state legislatures have imposed new and discriminatory barriers to ballot access, Congressman Hoyer has helped lead the effort to protect every American’s right to vote and have those votes counted accurately. Furthermore, in 2010, he was a leader in successfully ending the outdated and discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which weakened our military by depriving it of the service of thousands of brave Americans willing to risk their lives for their country. In June 2020, Leader Hoyer brought to the Floor the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to address the disproportionate killing of African-Americans during police encounters, and he continues to work closely with the Congressional Black Caucus to address racial bias and to secure equal opportunity and justice for all.

One of Congress’s leading champions of human rights, Congressman Hoyer served as Chairman of the Helsinki Commission, fighting for political and religious freedom during the last years of the Soviet Union.

An advocate for more responsive and transparent government, Congressman Hoyer has led an effort in recent years to modernize government technology and make legislative information more easily accessible to the public. These efforts include passage of the bipartisan Modernizing Government Technology Act to authorize a revolving fund for system upgrades across federal agencies and the launch of the innovative “Dome Watch” app to help Members, staff, and the American public track legislation and votes on the House Floor. He has also championed efforts to create the House’s Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress and has helped lead the charge to pass H.R. 1, which includes national redistricting reform, campaign finance reforms, and higher ethics standards for government officials.