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I was pleased to meet today with General Lloyd Austin, President-elect Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. I congratulated General Austin on the historic nature of his nomination and expressed my strong support for granting the waiver necessary for him to be confirmed as Secretary once the House Armed Services Committee has held a hearing to review the issue of civilian control of the military.
Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol complex by a violent mob of the President’s supporters was a terrible tragedy for our nation, compounded by the news of the death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Officer Sicknick had dedicated himself to protecting the Capitol, those who serve there, and the many constituents and visitors who come to meet with their legislators. 
"I agree with Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer that President Trump remaining in office presents a clear and present danger to the security and stability of our country, and it warrants removal by impeachment or under the Twenty-Fifth Amendment."
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on changes to the Motion to Recommit in the 117th House Rules Package. Below is a link to the video of his full remarks:
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the convening of the 117th Congress:

“We're going to prevail. This is a sad day for democracy. It's a sad day for the confidence of the American people that so many Members of the Congress of the United States in the House and now in the Senate would do what they know is not right to do. They know President Biden has been elected.
For the past ten years, Mariel Sáez has been an indispensable member of my communications team. Originally from St. Mary’s County, in my district, Mariel has served in numerous roles across the operation, including as Maryland Press Secretary,
I congratulate Rep. Cicilline on being chosen as Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus for the 117th Congress, and I also congratulate Co-Chairs Sean Patrick Maloney, Mark Pocan, Mark Takano, Angie Craig, Sharice Davids, Chris Pappas, Mondaire Jones, and Richie Torres. 
I join in congratulating Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal on her re-election to lead the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in the 117th Congress, along with Rep. Katie Porter as Deputy Chair and Rep. Ilhan Omar as Whip.
For the past five years, Future Forum has elevated the voices, dreams, and aspirations of younger Americans. With Members from every corner of the Democratic Caucus, it truly represents the future of our country.
I congratulate Reps. Jackie Speier, Lois Frankel, and Brenda Lawrence on their re-election as Co-Chairs of the Democratic Women's Caucus for the 117th Congress, and I congratulate Reps. Veronica Escobar and Deb Haaland on being chosen once more to serve as Vice Chairs.
…The [continuing resolution] is a recognition of failure. It's not any one individual's failure. It's not a bad thing. It's that we have had trouble getting together and coming to an agreement.
"I congratulate my friend Rep. Joyce Beatty on being elected to lead the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in the 117th Congress. 
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today congratulating the leaders of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for the 117th Congress:

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, at a meeting of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC), Republicans voted to reject a motion offered by House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) that the committee affirm that it is preparing for the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in coordination with the Biden Presidential Inaugural Committee. 
“I am pleased to announce the House schedule for the First Session of the 117th Congress. When the new Congress convenes in January, we will be meeting in the middle of a raging pandemic.
Wanted to be sure you saw this article in today’s Washington Post in which Majority Leader Steny Hoyer discusses Democratic unity and the “psychology of consensus.” In the interview, Leader Hoyer discussed how House Democrats have been unified in our votes and message in the 116th Congress, and how the Caucus will continue to be unified in the 117th Congress. Leader Hoyer discussed some of the steps that could be taken to promote Democratic unity, including how he’s working with committee chairs to ensure bills they advance have broad support, as House Democrats partner with the Biden Administration to address the coronavirus crisis and build America back better.  
“President-elect Biden, in choosing Shuwanza Goff to be his Deputy Director for Legislative Affairs and liaison to the House, has selected a highly experienced and talented individual. 
“Thank you very much, Madam Speaker, and congratulations to you on your overwhelming re-nomination to be the Speaker of the House by the Democratic Caucus, which was based upon your performance over the years leading us so effectively.
I am honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of serving my Democratic colleagues as Majority Leader in the 117th Congress. 
At long last, Republicans on the Senate Appropriations Committee are introducing their proposed bills for Fiscal Year 2021 today, more than a month after that year began.
While I understand Rep. Bustos's decision to step down as Chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, I believe she did an excellent job and would have been re-elected as Chairwoman had she so chosen.
"I am confident that House Democrats in the 117th Congress will get things done on behalf of the American people, and I am honored by the support of my colleagues to serve once more as Majority Leader as we continue the work of legislating For the People. 
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) announced a number of updates to the House Democrats’ Official Online Resume Bank, today with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the Blue Dog Coalition, the New Democrat Coalition, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus.