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House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) again held his weekly meeting of House Committee Chairs over videoconference this afternoon. 
On substance, the proposal made by Leader McCarthy, Ranking Member Cole, and Ranking Member Davis falls woefully short of reopening the House for legislative business. Their proposal only covers hearings, and even then wouldn’t enable fully-remote proceedings.
“It is unacceptable that the White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying before the House Appropriations Committee while allowing him to testify before the Senate.
Good afternoon. Thank you very much for being here. I am pleased to be joined by Karen Bass, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; Jim McGovern, the Chairman of the Rules Committee; and three of my Maryland colleagues, Mr. [Dutch] Ruppersberger, Mr. [John] Sarbanes, and Mr. [Jamie] Raskin. Mr. [Anthony] Brown and Mr. [David] Trone are also joining [in co-sponsoring the legislation], but could not be here at this particular time.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) introduced legislation to remove a bust of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney from public display in the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a bust of Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall. 
I want to thank all the Members of the Caucuses that are here, including the Chairman of our [Democratic] Caucus [Hakeem] Jeffries, Vice Chair [Katherine] Clark. 
For decades, perhaps centuries, people are going to walk into this room. They are going to look up to see the ‘Elijah Cummings Oversight Committee Room,’ and they [are going] to turn to somebody and say: who was Elijah Cummings? And perhaps those who knew him well will say: ‘he was better than us.’
The President promised the American people that Mexico would pay for his border wall, but once again, he is stealing funds appropriated by the Congress to the military in order to fund this costly, ineffective, and wasteful endeavor. 
It’s never too late to do the right thing. About sixty days after…Congress passed the ERA, Maryland voted to ratify the ERA. I had been in the State Senate for five years at that point in the time, and I could not understand why women were not equal under our Constitution as it read, and how sad it was that, the consciousness of our Founders, which was extraordinarily high for their time – extraordinary – but they didn’t say ‘we hold these truths to be self-evident that all human kind are created equal.’ It is time to act. It is far past time to act. As I said in Maryland, 48 years ago, [we] overwhelmingly said: all of us are equal.
From the wage gap and pregnancy discrimination to sexual harassment and attacks on reproductive health care, women face gender discrimination in many ways. Persistent gender inequality and discrimination impacts women, their families, and our economy:
Yesterday, the President released his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 and made his priorities clear: he continues to put the wealthiest Americans first at the expense of working families. The budget proposal makes tax cuts for the wealthy permanent while breaking his promises to working families on health care, the economy, and other areas that help Americans get ahead and keep them safe.
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman is a hero for standing up and speaking the truth, knowing it might cost him retaliation from this corrupt commander-in-chief. His removal from the White House was nothing more than an act of retribution, an intrusion against the nonpartisan nature of our military and federal service. I hope Republicans will join in a bipartisan condemnation of this attack on our military personnel.
I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’ That is the oath Senators swore on January 16. It is the oath created by Senators when they tried the first impeachment of a President in 1868. It is an oath rooted in the revolution fought by their grandparents to create a republic of laws, not kings. 
The President campaigned on numerous promises to the American people, and four years into his presidency, he is letting the American people down on pledge after pledge. Ahead of tonight’s State of the Union Address, here’s a look at what the President promised he would deliver to the American people and how he has fallen short with policies that put the wealthiest ahead of working families:
This weekend, a draft of the upcoming book by President Trump's former National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton, was reported on by The New York Times. In that book, Ambassador Bolton, who was the National Security Advisor and Foreign Policy Advisor for President Donald Trump, Ambassador Bolton revealed additional evidence pertinent to the impeachment trial now under way in the Senate.
Wanted to be sure you saw this damning editorial from the New York Times about the testimony heard by the American people today, which confirmed: the President directed a scheme to bribe Ukraine to investigate a political rival; there was a quid pro quo; and everyone knew. And of course, it would be helpful if key players like Bolton, Pompeo, and Mulvaney would testify, but they’ve refused to cooperate. Key excerpts:

Before another Republican tries to tell you that Ukraine didn’t feel any pressure by President Trump to investigate his political rival, check out this important report from the Associated Pre
Since Democrats took control of the House earlier this year, one of our highest priorities has been to make Congress more open, transparent, and accountable. 
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on House passage of a resolution that establishes the process and procedures for open hearings as the House moves forward with the next phase of the impeachment inquiry:

“We are contemplating changing from what is essentially the investigatory phase of this matter into the open hearing public hearing phase... In that public hearing, we want to make sure that everybody understands this is going to be due process. This is going to be fair.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) sent the following letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging him to work with Democrats to reach bipartisan agreement on 302(b) allocations for all twelve appropriations bills rather than pass yet another continuing resolution to fund government beyond the November 21 deadline.
As House Republicans return to Capitol Hill today and the impeachment inquiry moves forward, we wanted to be sure you caught this bit from Politico’s Playbook PM this afternoon:  
These can’t be the headlines Republicans were hoping to see this morning…
I was proud to bring Rep. Maloney’s Corporate Transparency Act to the Floor for a vote today in order to crack down on money laundering activities by Russian oligarchs and other bad actors.