Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Steny Hoyer

House Minority Whip
Steny Hoyer
Congressman                Maryland          Democrat
Elected 1981

Entitlements cuts part of Fiscal Cliff negotiations

Medicare, and other entitlement reductions, are part of the discussion according to Rep. Steny Hoyer.

“They are clearly on the table.  They were on the table in the Boehner-Obama talks.  They’ve been on the table for some period of time.  That does not mean that I’d be prepared to adopt them now, but they’re clearly, I think, on the table.
We have many Republicans say ‘absolutely not’… on rates or revenues.  There are Democrats on our side who say ‘absolutely not’ if they do A or they do B or they do C.  You’ve got to put everything on the table.
Very frankly, if we don’t say, ‘Look, we have to take into consideration what people say they won’t do, but we also have to take into consideration what the majority think we can do to get us to the objective, to get America on a fiscally sustainable, credible path.  You’ve got to have everything on the table, not withstanding the fact that I don’t like some things that may be on the table.”
Steny Hoyer

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                               90
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                    protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                       88
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                       100       
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                  100  
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                        100
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                    5
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                             14

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                           0
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                    social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                                    0
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                                   0
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                    oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:           2009 - 2010

Yes      Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
Yes      $820 billion stimulus   
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
No       Let guns in national parks
            Permit people carrying guns in parks
Yes      Cap and Trade
            Industry measure to reduce greenhouse gases               
No       Bar federal abortion funds
            No federal funds for health plans covering abortion
Yes      Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance              
Yes      Financial Firm Regulation
            Regulations on financial services firms
Yes      Pass tax cuts for some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Stop detainee transfers
            Prohibit defense funds used to transfer detainees to U.S. facilities                      
Yes      Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
Yes      Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military           
Yes      Limit Campaign Funds
            Requires sponsors of campaign ads to identify themselves

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Steny Hoyer (D)           155,110  64%                          4,511,873
                        Charles Lollar (R)           83,575  35                                585,295

2008                Steny Hoyer  (D)          253,854  74%                          3,435,232
                        Collins Bailey  (R)           82,631  24                                  27,681
                        Darlene Nicholas (Lib)     7,829    2

2006                Steny Hoyer  (D)          168,114  83%                          2,360,627
                        S. Warner  (Green)         33,464  16                                  10,424

2004                Steny Hoyer  (D)          204,867  69%                          1,779,289
                        Brad Jewett  (R)             87,189  29                                145,559

2002                Steny Hoyer  (D)          137,903  69%                          1,236,900
                        Joseph Crawford (R)      60,758  31

2000                Steny Hoyer  (D)          166,231  65%                          1,268,702
                        Tim Hutchins  (R)           89,019  35                                  64,208

1998                Steny Hoyer  (D)          126,792  65%                          916,632
                        Robert Ostrom  (R)         67,176  35                             235,004

1996                Steny Hoyer  (D)          121,288  57%                          1,155,840
                        John Morgan  (R)           91,806  43                                236,483

1994                Steny Hoyer  (D)          98,821  59%                            1,295,542
                        Donald Devine  (R)       69,211  41                                  581,198

1992                Steny Hoyer  (D)          118,312  53%                          1,584,271
                        Lawrence Hogan  (R)     97,982  44                                265,065

Population 2010:                      767,369
Change since 2000:                  up 15.9%

Urban:                                      75%
Rural:                                       25

Median Income:                          83,398
Median Home Value:                367,400

Private Employment:                 65%
Government Employment:         31
Self-Employed:                          4
Blue Collar:                              18
White Collar:                            66

Median Age:                             37
Over 65:                                   10%
Under 18:                                 25

High School Graduates:            90%
College Graduates:                   33
Graduate Degree:                     13

Veterans:                                  13%

White:                                      48%
Black:                                       37
Hispanic:                                    8
Asian:                                         4         

2008 Presidential Vote:
Barack Obama (D) -                233,930           66%
John McCain (R) -                   118,547           33

2004 Presidential Vote:
John Kerry (D) -                      177,035           57%
George W. Bush (R) -            128,861           42

Steny Hoyer's Voting History:

Votes in 110th Congress:           2007 – 2008

Yes      Increase Minimum Wage
            Raise minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour
Yes      Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
Yes      Raise CAFE Standards
            Increase fuel efficiency to 35 mpg by 2020
Yes      Bail Out Financial Markets
            $700 billion to bail out financial industry
No       Share Immigration Data
            Bar funds to governments refusing to share immigration information
No       Foreign Aid Abortion Ban
            Bar funds for abortions in foreign aid programs
Yes      Ban Gay Bias in Workplace
            Prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation
No       Repeal DC Gun Law
            Repeal local prohibition of firearms
Yes      Withdraw Troops 8/08
            Requires withdrawal of troops by August, 2008
Yes      No Operations in Iraq
            Bar military funds for contingency operations in Iraq
Yes      Free Trade with Peru
            Implement free trade agreement with Peru
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Votes in 109th Congress:           2005 – 06

No       Estate Tax Repeal
            Permanently repeal federal estate and gift taxes
Yes      Limit CAFE standards
            Less stringent auto fuel efficiency standards
No       FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
No       Drilling in ANWR
            Oil and gas leases for Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       Limit Interstate Abortion
            No minors across state lines for abortions without parental consent
Yes      Extend Patriot Act
            Reauthorize USA Patriot Act expanding law enforcement authority
No       Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to define marriage as between man and woman
Yes      Stem Cell Research Funds
            Override veto to fund embryonic stem cell research
No       Build Border Fence
            700 miles of fencing along border with Mexico
No       CAFTA
            Approve Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Oppose Iraq Withdrawal
            Oppose setting date for withdrawal of US forces from Iraq
No       Detainee Tribunals
            Create military tribunals to try detainees

Votes in 108th Congress:           2003 – 04

No       Drilling in ANWR
            Permit oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
No       Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            Reduce taxes by $350 billion through 2013
No       Medicare/Rx Bill
            Medicare prescription drug legislation
Yes      Bar Overtime Pay Regulations
            Oppose federal overtime pay regulations
No       DC School Vouchers
            Funds for private schools in DC
No       Ban Human Cloning
            Criminal sanctions for human cloning
No       Restrict Gun Liability
            Restrict liability lawsuits against gun manufacturers, sellers
No       Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Criminal sanctions for “partial birth” abortions
No       Ban Same-Sex Marriage
            Amend Constitution to ban same-sex marriage
Yes      Fund Iraq War
            Approve appropriations for U.S. military operations in Iraq
Yes      Bar Cuba Embargo Funds
            Prohibit funds to enforce economic embargo of Cuba
Yes      Intelligence Reorganization
            Reorganize intelligence agencies; create national director

Votes in 107th Congress:           2001 – 02

No       Approve Bush Tax Cuts
            $1.35 trillion in tax cuts
No       Limit Patients’ Bill of Rights
            Limit non-economic damages in liability awards
Yes      Campaign Finance Reform
            Eliminate most uses of soft money; limit pre-election advertising
Yes      Ban ANWR Development
            Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil development
No       Faith Based Charities
            Federal incentives for religious social services
No       Bar Gays in the Boy Scouts
            Do not enforce anti-discrimination rulings against Boy Scouts
No       Ban Partial Birth Abortions
            Criminal penalties for “partial birth” abortions
No       Arm Commercial Pilots
            Commercial pilots able to carry fire arms in flight
No       Trade Promotion Authority
            Authority for president to negotiate international trade agreements
No       Bar Funds for International Court
            No federal funds for International Criminal Court
Yes      Authorize Force in Iraq
            Authorizes U.S. military force in Iraq
No       Deny Home Security Department Union
            Deny employees of Homeland Security from joining union

Votes in 106th Congress:           1999 – 2000

Yes      Patient Bill of Rights
            Bill of Rights dealing with health maintenance organizations
Yes      Accelerate Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage by $1.00 in two instead of three years
Yes      Strike Ban on Ergonomic Standards
            Strike ban on federal standard for ergonomic protection
No       Override Estate Tax Veto
            Override veto of phase-out of estate and gift taxes
No       Bar RU-486 Funds for FDA
            Bar FDA funding of chemical induced abortion drug
No       Display 10 Commandments
            Permit state and local governments display Ten Commandments
Yes      Gun Show Background Checks
            Require gun show dealers to perform background checks
No       Ban Partial Birth Abortion
            Ban partial birth abortions
Yes      NATO War in Serbia
            Authorize deployment of US military forces for Kosovo
Yes      Permanent Trade with China
            Authorize permanent trade relations with China
Yes      Debt Relief for Third World
            Provide debt relief for heavily indebted nations
No       Drop Cuba Economic Embargo
            Drop enforcement of US economic embargo of Cuba

Votes in 105th Congress:           1997 - 98

No       Clinton Budget Deal                          
            Approve budget reconciliation bill implementing required tax cuts
No       Education IRAs
            Expand retirement accounts to be spent on education expenses
No       Required 2/3 vote to Raise Taxes
            Amend Constitution for 2/3 votes to raise taxes
No       Fast Track Trade
            Negotiate trade agreements on “fast track” congressional authority                         
Yes      Puerto Rico Statehood Referendum    
            Referendum on statehood in Puerto Rico
No       End Highway Set-asides
            End minority set-aside funding benefits in highway program
No       School Prayer Amendment
            Constitutional Amendment guaranteeing right of prayer in school
No       Override Partial Birth Veto
            Override President Clinton’s veto of partial birth abortions ban             
No       Cut money for B-2 Bombers    
            Cut funding for additional B-2 stealth bombers 
Yes      Human Rights in China
            Require preference to U.S. firms in China with human rights code of conduct    
No       Withdraw Bosnia Troops
            Invoke War Powers Resolution to withdraw U.S. military forces in Bosnia        
Yes      End Cuban TV – Marti
            End funding for television broadcasts to Cuba    

Votes in 104th Congress:           1995 - 96

No       Reduce Medicare Growth
            Reduce projected spending for Medicare                     
No       Override Product Liability Veto
            Override veto of bill to limit damages in product liability
Yes      Increase Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $5.15 an hour                     
No       Welfare Reform
            Five year restriction on benefits; beneficiaries find work                        
No       Flag Amendment
            Constitutional amendment barring desecration of U.S. flag                    
Yes      Drop EPA Limits
            Drop limitations on enforcement authority of EPA                                 
No       Repeal Assault Weapons Ban
            Repeal ban on manufacture and sale of assault weapons                       
No       Override Partial Birth Veto    
            Override veto of bill barring “partial birth” abortions     
Yes      Cuban Embargo
            Tighten embargo on trade with Cuba                
No       Bar Bosnia Troop Money
            Bill prohibiting funds for U.S. troops deploying to Bosnia          
Yes      Cut Anti-Missile Defense
            Reduce funding for anti-missile defense program           
No       Bar U.N. Uniforms
            Prohibits U.S. forces from wearing U.N. uniforms         

Votes in 103rd Congress:           1993 – 1994

Yes      Clinton Deficit Plan
            Clinton Administration deficit reduction plan
Yes      NAFTA
            North American Free Trade Agreement
Yes      Brady Handgun Purchase
            Waiting period and background check on handguns
No       Strike Race/Death Penalty
            Strike provisions barring racial discrimination death penalties
No       Limit UN Command of Forces
            Restrict placing US forces under UN command
No       Cut Missile Funds
            Cut $1.2 billion from Navy weapons procurement fund

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