Leader's Report
For Immediate Release: 
April 8, 2022
Contact Info: 
Margaret Mulkerrin 202-225-3130
This week, House Democrats advanced crucial legislation on behalf of the American people, continuing our efforts to lower costs for working families and give small businesses the tools they need to Make It In America. On Thursday, the House took action to address the lingering effects of the pandemic on small businesses by passing the Relief for Restaurants and other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act of 2022. This legislation will replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund so that the more-than 150,000 restaurants still waiting in the queue can finally get the help they need, and provide relief for other small businesses financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue our work to combat this pandemic, I urge the Senate to take action on a companion bill to help ensure small businesses can stay open and keep their employees on the payroll. 

The House also voted to hold Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino Jr., who have willfully withheld their testimony from the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol, in contempt of Congress. No one is above the law, and individuals called to testify before that committee should not to be allowed simply to ignore subpoenas. Upholding the oversight powers of the Congress of the United States should never be partisan, and I was deeply disappointed to see so many of my Republican colleagues vote against this resolution. The American people deserve the truth of that
terrible day.

House Democrats continue to stand with the Ukrainian people as they defend their democracy and grieve the ongoing tragedies perpetrated against Ukrainian citizens. On Wednesday, the House passed the Ukraine Invasion War Crimes Deterrence and Accountability Act with bipartisan support, which would advance an investigation of atrocities committed by Russian forces. I join in condemning these war crimes committed by Russian forces and agree with President Biden that those perpetrating these crimes should be held accountable for their actions. On Thursday, the House once-again passed legislation to further isolate Russia’s economy by revoking normal trade relations with Russia and banning the import of Russian oil, sending these bills to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

Finally, the world witnessed a truly historic moment this week as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first Black woman in history to serve on the United State Supreme Court. I join in congratulating Judge Jackson, whose wide-ranging experience, commitment to public service, and judicial acumen will improve the Supreme Court’s service to our judiciary and our people. 
Sincerely yours,

Steny H. Hoyer

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On House Democrats’ Legislative Agenda
On Judge Jackson’s Confirmation