Hoyer: "Republicans Continue to Ignore the American People's Priorities"
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on Wednesday regarding comments made by House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Jim McCrery (R-LA) that Republicans' first priority in Congress next year should be Social Security privatization:
"The comments made yesterday by the Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee illustrate the Republicans' insistence on pushing stale policies that are out of touch with the American people's priorities. Last year, Americans soundly rejected the Republican proposal to privatize Social Security, even after President Bush's nationwide sales pitch. Democrats agree Social Security faces a challenge but we stand strong against privatizing this successful program.
"I am dismayed but not surprised that Congressional Republicans would continue to sell this misguided policy.
"The country wants Congress to address skyrocketing gas prices, ever-increasing health care costs, an unfair and confusing tax code, and a weak job market, but Republicans continue to focus on their own partisan agenda - including Social Security privatization. The American people expect and deserve better.
"Democrats believe our priorities are the American people's priorities, and we will continue to fight for real solutions that address the concerns of working families."
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Congressman Hoyer is the Federal Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Maryland. Members of the United States House of Representatives serve two-year terms. Mr. Hoyer also serves as the Minority Whip. The Minority Whip is a member of the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives who assists the Minority Leader in coordinating the party caucus in its responses to legislation and other matters.
Mr. Hoyer's website is located at http://www.hoyer.house.gov/. His office can be reached at (202) 225-4131. More biographical info on Mr. Hoyer can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steny_Hoyer.