Press Release ● Congress
For Immediate Release: 
August 10, 2020
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant Drew 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) released the following statement after announcing the September Floor schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives:
 
“Over the past two months, the House has taken extraordinary action on a range of issues important to the American people. By following a new format of first allowing time for committees to meet and complete their work, followed by time for the House to be in session holding votes, we were able to complete our work safely by minimizing the number of people in the Capitol complex at any one time. The record speaks for itself, with a list of bills passed that would be impressive even without the challenges posed by this pandemic. During the June work period, the House passed the George Floyd Justice In Policing Act, DC statehood, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, protections for renters and home owners, and the Moving Forward Act. In July, the House passed the NDAA, the NO BAN Act, the Access to Counsel Act, the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation directing the removal of the bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney and Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol, a bill to establish the National Museum of the American Latino, a bill creating a bipartisan Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys, two pieces of legislation addressing the child care crisis during this pandemic, the Water Resources Development Act, and ten appropriations bills.
 
“Unfortunately, while it has been nearly three months since the House passed the Heroes Act to provide assistance to families, increase testing and tracing, and help state and local governments keep teachers, first responders, and other essential workers on the job, Republicans have refused to act. This weekend, we saw our nation cross the mark of five million cases, and more than 160,000 Americans have died. While President Trump declares that ‘it is what it is,’ it is clear that the Trump Administration and Republicans have completely failed to get this virus under control, which has resulted in devastating economic impacts. I continue to urge Republicans to work with us to take immediate action to provide desperately needed relief during this coronavirus pandemic before we can begin the August district work period. The House continues to be on 24-hours’ notice to return for votes on COVID-related legislation.
 
“The September schedule will follow the same format as June and July, so that we can conduct our necessary work while protecting public health. The first week of September will be dedicated to committee work, with the House in session for votes the following three weeks. I expect the House to take action on a range of important issues, including ensuring the government is funded before the end of the month. While the House acted last month to pass funding for nearly every government agency, the Senate has yet to advance a single appropriations measure. We cannot risk a government shutdown in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis. I hope Republicans will join us and act quickly to provide certainty that they will not shut the government down again.
 
“As we continue to confront this pandemic, the Democratic-led House will keep getting our work done For the People.”
 
Click here to view the September House Floor schedule.