September 21st, 2010
01:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Hoyer knocks 'death knell' for Democrats

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday he remains optimistic about Democrats’ chances in November.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday he remains optimistic about Democrats’ chances in November.

Washington (CNN) - After several weeks of news coverage indicating Democrats could be on the verge of losing control of the House of Representatives, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer proclaimed Democrats are a "party on the move," and maintained the more the public learns about what Republicans are proposing, the better Democrats' chances are of keeping their majority.

"No I don't think there's a death knell. I think there's a resurgence of Democrats throughout the country," Hoyer said, responding to a reporter's question about whether recent news stories show a "death knell" for Democrats.

The number two House Democrat mocked news coverage of a generic ballot poll done by Gallup several weeks ago that showed the American people favored Republican candidates over Democratic ones by double digits. He noted that he didn't see the same blaring headlines this week when a the same poll showed the parties were virtually tied.

Although Hoyer's tone was confident about Democrats' chances in November, he admitted that the massive budget deficit is a major issue his party must confront.

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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • Steny Hoyer
September 16th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Some Democrats break with Obama, party leaders on tax cuts

Washington (CNN) – Thirty-one House Democrats, most of whom face tough re-election bids this fall, have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to extend expiring tax breaks for all income levels, including the wealthy.

Republicans also say the tax cuts, introduced by President George W. Bush in 2001, should be kept in place for everyone.

Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders have made it clear they support President Obama's proposal to vote on a bill that only renews tax breaks for those making $250,000 and under.

With the midterm elections less than two months away, leaders have not yet decided whether they will schedule a vote on the legislation before voters go to the polls.

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Filed under: issues • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
September 15th, 2010
07:38 PM ET
4 years ago

More Democrats break with Obama on tax cuts

A group of Democrats sent a letter to House Democratic leaders urging them to extend expiring tax breaks for all income levels.
A group of Democrats sent a letter to House Democratic leaders urging them to extend expiring tax breaks for all income levels.

Washington (CNN) – Thirty-one House Democrats, most of whom face tough re-election bids this fall, have signed a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to extend expiring tax breaks for all income levels, including the wealthy.

Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders have made it clear they support President Obama's proposal to vote on a bill that only renews tax breaks for those making $250,000 and under. But with the midterm elections less than two months away, leaders have not yet decided whether they will schedule a vote on the legislation before voters go to the polls.

The letter–written by Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, Illinois Rep. Melissa Bean, Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye and Michigan Rep. Gary Peters–states that after listening to economists, small businesses and families over recent weeks they are concerned that "raising any taxes right now could negatively impact economic growth."

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Filed under: issues • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama • Steny Hoyer
September 15th, 2010
01:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Hoyer on tax cuts

 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke ou Wednesday on tax cuts.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke ou Wednesday on tax cuts.

Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer left open the possibility Wednesday that Democrats could consider proposals to extend tax cuts to upper income taxpayers.

"I'm always, as you know, prepared to discuss alternatives so we can move forward," Hoyer said at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill.

But Hoyer repeatedly argued for President Obama's proposal – legislation that would just extend tax cuts for those making $250,000 a year and under.

"I've made my position very clear, Hoyer said, adding, "The President's position is the position that I think makes sense for working people, for our economy, and for long term concerns we have about the deficit."

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Filed under: issues • Steny Hoyer • Taxes
September 12th, 2010
10:50 AM ET
4 years ago

House Democratic leader confident in party's chances

 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressed confidence Sunday in Democratic congressional candidates.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressed confidence Sunday in Democratic congressional candidates.

(CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Sunday expressed his confidence in congressional Democrats’ ability to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives, but conceded his party will “probably” lose seats.

“We’re going to hold the House,” Hoyer repeatedly told CNN’s Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

“Our candidates are feeling good,” Hoyer added.

The two leading non-partisan political handicappers, Stuart Rothenberg and Charlie Cook, both predict massive Republican gains in the House this November. The Rothenberg Political Report upped its prediction on Tuesday to 37 to 42 additional seats for Republicans and said that gains of 45 to 55 seats are possible. The Cook Political Report predicts GOP gains of at least 40 seats. Republicans must gain 39 seats in the House to retake the majority.

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Filed under: 2010 • House Democrats • House of Representatives • Steny Hoyer
July 27th, 2010
02:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Hoyer takes neutral stance on Rangel ethics probe

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday it is up to Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York to decide whether to resign over pending ethics allegations.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday it is up to Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York to decide whether to resign over pending ethics allegations.

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday it is up to Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York to decide whether to resign over pending ethics allegations.

"Mr. Rangel has to do what Mr. Rangel believes is appropriate and proper," Hoyer told reporters, taking a neutral stance instead of offering support for the 20-term veteran of the House Democratic caucus that Hoyer leads.

Rangel said Tuesday he wouldn't talk about whether there is a settlement in the works to head off Thursday's hearing by the House ethics committee, which will make public a report of Rangel's alleged violations of House rules. In brief comments to reporters, Rangel confirmed his lawyers were talking with lawyers for the ethics committee.

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Filed under: Charlie Rangel • Steny Hoyer
July 20th, 2010
01:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Gitmo shut-down not a priority, top Dem says

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center is not a priority for House Democrats.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center is not a priority for House Democrats.

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer acknowledged Tuesday that closing down the Guantanamo Bay prison is not a top priority for congressional Democrats.

In response to a question from a reporter about where shutting down Gitmo stands, Hoyer said, "I think that's not an item, as you point out, of real current discussion. There's some very big issues confronting us - dealing with growing the economy and Iraq and Afghanistan."

Hoyer added, "I think you're not going to see it discussed very broadly in the near term."


Filed under: Guantanamo • issues • Steny Hoyer
July 18th, 2010
01:14 PM ET
4 years ago

Leading Dem: I don't think we're looking at a big loss

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer pointed to a trio of Democratic victories in special House elections to downplay the notion that his party will suffer big losses this November.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer pointed to a trio of Democratic victories in special House elections to downplay the notion that his party will suffer big losses this November.

Washington (CNN) – Pointing to victories in recent special elections, the number two Democrat in the House sought Sunday to buck the conventional wisdom about his party’s prospects in this fall’s midterms.

“I don’t think we’re talking about a big loss,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Hoyer told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that his party has done well in special congressional elections since the passage of the health care bill.

“After the last summer, which was a very hot summer politically, as you recall, we won a number of races during that period of time. Health care was a very hot topic.”

Notwithstanding the potential political fallout from passage of the health care overhaul, Hoyer pointed out that Democrats had won special elections in New York’s 20th and 23rd congressional districts and Pennsylvania’s 12th .
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Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • State of the Union • Steny Hoyer
July 18th, 2010
01:10 PM ET
July 18th, 2010
10:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Top Republican mum on Tea Party controversy

Washington (CNN) – The top Republican in the Senate sought Sunday to stay out of the weeklong war of words between the NAACP and the Tea Party movement.

At its annual convention last week, the longstanding civil rights organization passed a resolution that called on the conservative grassroots movement to repudiate racism within its ranks. The resolution set off a national firestorm that came to a head Friday when Mark Williams, a spokesman for a national Tea Party group, decided to remove a satirical letter he had posted on his blog site earlier in the week in response to the resolution.

Related: Satirical letter meant to spark discussion, Tea Party leader says

Asked about the controversy on CNN’s State of the Union, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sidestepped the prickly issue.

“Oh my goodness, . . . I’m not interested in getting into that debate,” McConnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “What we’re interested in is trying to have an election this fall that will respond to what the American people are asking us to do which is to have some checks and balances here.”
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