Leader's Report ● Fiscal Responsibility
For Immediate Release: 
March 3, 2017
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

MESSAGE FROM THE DEMOCRATIC WHIP

This week, President Donald Trump addressed a Joint Session of Congress. His remarks were long on empty promises to the American people and short on any proposals on how he would accomplish those promises. He says he’ll create jobs, but he hasn’t put forward legislation to help create jobs or help Americans get ahead. He claims he’s going to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but hasn’t put forward a plan to replace the law and ensure millions of Americans don’t lose their coverage or see costs increase. He promises to make America safe again, but undermines national security through policies like his Muslim ban and his defense of Putin. It’s time for Trump and Congressional Republicans to get serious about governing.

In addition, I continue to be concerned about the President’s ties to Russia. This week, we learned that Attorney General Sessions made false statements to the Senate while under oath during his confirmation hearings and met with Russian officials during the campaign. His decision to recuse himself from matters concerning the presidential campaign is not enough. He should resign, and Democrats will continue to call on Republicans to demand an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate connections between Trump’s Administration, his campaign, and Russia.   

Next week, Republicans are planning to hold a markup of legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Yet, they still haven’t shown Members of Congress or the American people text of the legislation. After Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy told me yesterday that I could not see it, I decided to look for it in the Capitol myself – which you can watch here. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the bill. While Republicans claim they are following an open and transparent process, that’s not the case.  With millions of Americans at risk of losing coverage or seeing costs skyrocket, this bill should not be marked up without hearings, analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, or bill text to review. Democrats will continue to demand a transparent process and will strongly oppose efforts to take away coverage and patient protections that Americans enjoy thanks to the law. Republicans, with control of the White House and Congress, are completely in control of our health care system and they alone will be responsible for any changes Americans see to their health care.

Sincerely yours,


Steny H. Hoyer

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DEMOCRATIC NEWS UPDATE 

On the President’s Address to Congress

On the Trump Administration’s Relationship with Russia

On Republicans’ Secret ACA Repeal Bill