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July 29, 2015

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July 9, 2015

Hoyer Makes a New ‘Make It In America’ Agenda

Hoyer, D-Md., speaks during a press conference with House Democrats on the Export-Import Bank in the Capitol on Thursday, June 4, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoyer to fellow Democrats: run on jobs. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Democrats are looking many places for a message to carry the 2016 election cycle. One place they might find it is in Steny H. Hoyer’s jobs agenda.

The Maryland Democrat and House minority whip has, for the past five years, been touting various iterations of his “Make It In America” economic platform, which packages together bills and legislative initiatives aimed at boosting domestic-employment opportunities. Full story

June 30, 2015

Zombie Bank: Why Killing Ex-Im Doesn’t Mean It’s Dead

Congressional staffers stand below a television monitor as Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, testifies during the House Financial Services Committee hearing on June 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional staffers stood below a television monitor on June 3, as Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank, testified before the House Financial Services Committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With only hours to go before the Export-Import Bank’s charter expires for the first time in its 81-year history, lawmakers who support the agency are pointing fingers at the base of opposition — but not sounding the alarm bells of imminent catastrophe.

Starting Wednesday, the bank won’t be able to extend new loans — but it will still be able to serve out existing contracts. Most members are confident the operation will get reauthorized, some way or another, in the weeks before the month-long August recess and before the funding lapse becomes a real problem. Full story

June 25, 2015

House Sends Trade Adjustment Assistance to President’s Desk

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi voted for TAA after leading a prior mobilization of members in opposition (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House did Thursday what two weeks ago might have seemed impossible: Cleared for President Barack Obama the second and third of four necessary components to his ambitious and contentious trade agenda.

Lawmakers voted 286-138 on a bill to establish broad trade preferences and extend the African Growth and Opportunity Act, which facilitates trade between the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. Full story

June 24, 2015

Obama Gets Trade Win: Democrats Give In on TAA

Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., leave a news conference on the DHS funding bill in the Capitol's Will Rogers hallway, February 27, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Pelosi and Hoyer will vote for TAA when it comes back to the House floor Thursday (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

“It’s over.”

That’s how several House Democrats and senior aides described the current feeling in the caucus regarding their efforts to stop “fast-track” trade authority for the White House.

Over the past two weeks, most members of the House Democratic Caucus have gone from opposing Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation — packaged with the related Trade Promotion Authority, a Republican and Obama administration priority — to acknowledging there’s little point in voting “no.” Full story

June 22, 2015

House Poised to Let Ex-Im Bank Charter Expire

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Cole has spoken with leadership regularly about the future of the Ex-Im Bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House will consider its seventh appropriations bill of the year this week — one to fund the Interior Department and related activities — and possibly more legislation related to trade in the event the Senate keeps to its schedule.

But with only four scheduled legislative work days left before the weeklong July 4 recess, there’s one thing the House is not expected to take up: reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

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June 12, 2015

President Gets Weekend to Swing Democrats on Trade Deal (Video)

he top three Republicans in the House — from right, Boehner, Scalise and McCarthy — made it clear they intend to pass TPA, with or without the underlying TAA.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The top three Republicans in the House — from right, Boehner, Scalise and McCarthy — made it clear they intend to pass TPA, with or without the underlying TAA. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The House will take a second crack at passing Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation early next week, after giving President Barack Obama and pro-trade Democrats the weekend to flip some of the party’s 144 “no’s.”

Republicans say this is Democrats’ last chance to pass TAA, which provides resources for retraining programs for U.S. workers displaced by international trade agreements, and which Democrats have typically supported. Full story

June 11, 2015

Floor Updates? There’s an App for That (Video)

Hoyer's office launched the new app "Whip Watch." (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hoyer’s office launched the new app “Whip Watch.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., announced Thursday his office has launched an app that details floor updates and provides insider information on the latest developments.

“Today, I’m proud to announce a new app called ‘Whip Watch’ that will be a great resource for our Members and staff, while also making the House of Representatives more open and accessible to the public,” Hoyer said in a statement. Full story

June 9, 2015

TPA Could Be Litmus Vote for Possible Pelosi Successor

Wasserman Schultz, D-Fl., at a Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Forcehearing on the comprehensive steps that Congress can take to reduce gun violence - while also respecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Wasserman Schultz and other ambitious House Democrats will have to weigh the potential cost of voting for Trade Promotion Authority. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated: 4:46 p.m. | There’s no guarantee this is Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s last term in office but should she retire in 2016, House Democrats will be using plenty of metrics to pick her successor — and the upcoming trade vote could be one of them.

Trade Promotion Authority — the vote could come as soon as this week — has support from President Barack Obama, most Republicans and a handful of pro-trade congressional Democrats. On the other is a largely united, and increasingly fiercely opposed, Democratic Caucus.

And Democrats with an eye for the top spot seem to know it.

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House Votes Headed for Extra Innings?

UNITED STATES - JULY 30: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks during the House Democrats' news conference to discuss Republican lawsuit against President Obama and the House Democrats' focus on the economy on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoyer, D-Md., said lawmakers might be called back to the Capitol to vote after Thursday night’s Congressional Baseball Game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Talk about your extra innings.

House lawmakers were told to expect late hours this week as leadership tries to plow through a backlog of appropriations bills — but coming back to the Capitol to vote after Thursday night’s 54th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game seems like, well, a tough call. Full story

June 2, 2015

Hoyer Urges Civility Among Democrats in Trade Debate

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference to call for presidential action on immigration on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoyer decried Democratic infighting on trade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Democrats attacking Democrats over trade is neither productive nor welcome, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday.

At his weekly pen-and-pad briefing Tuesday, Hoyer told reporters the rancor surrounding the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, which could come up in the House as early as next week, needs to be toned down.

Full story

May 27, 2015

Democrats Urge End to Detention of Immigrant Families

Immigration reform activists chant as leave the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, after protesting GOP attacks on DACA and DAPA on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. Protesters planned on staging take overs of 40 Congressional offices as part of the protest. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Immigration activists rally outside congressional offices earlier this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

With thousands of undocumented immigrants still seeking asylum from Central American countries, 136 House Democrats sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson Wednesday calling on the Obama administration to end family detention.

After the massive influx of unaccompanied minors and mothers with children last summer, the DHS renewed the mass detention of immigrant families — individuals who had previously not been held while waiting for immigration courts to process their asylum claims. But with many of those families still awaiting final decisions on whether they can stay in the United States, Democrats are expressing concern over the “jail-like facilities.”

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May 19, 2015

Democrats Hold Their Noses, Help Pass Highway Fund Patch

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Amodei voted “present” Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Democrats had two difficult votes to take on Tuesday, and for the most part, they held their collective noses and voted “yes” with Republicans.

Lawmakers passed, 357-67, the fiscal 2016 Legislative Branch appropriations bill to fund the operations of the House and congressional support agencies. They also voted to float the Highway Trust Fund an additional two months in an even larger bipartisan showing, 387-35, with one lawmaker, Mark Amodei, R-Nev., voting “present.” Full story

May 14, 2015

Revolt Brews Over Short-Term Highway Trust Fund Bill (Updated)

Welch, D-Vt., conducts a briefing with reporters in Russell office of Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., on the re-introduction of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act. The legislation would give investors in renewable energy projects the same tax advantages that are enjoyed by investors in fossil fuel-based projects. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Welch is looking for lawmakers in both parties who are fed up with short-term highway bill extensions. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:52 p.m. | A growing number of Democrats and some moderate Republicans in the House are coming out against any short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund.

This week, they’re signing on to a letter pledging they’ll vote against another stopgap extension of the account funding transportation and infrastructure projects around the country. Full story

April 28, 2015

On Baltimore, Race, and Policing: No Easy Answers for Hoyer

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 13: House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., speaks as House Democrats hold a news conference to call for presidential action on immigration on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hoyer tried to thread the needle on the Baltimore riots. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s weekly pen-and-pad Tuesday was a case study for politicians looking to say something about the riots in Baltimore while also saying, largely, nothing.

The Maryland Democrat did his best to show support for both police and protesters after a day of violent clashes in his home state’s largest city — clashes sparked by unrest over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was arrested in West Baltimore on April 12 and, while in police custody, suffered spinal cord injuries that led to his death. Full story

April 21, 2015

Conservative Groups: Let Ex-Im Bank Expire

Hensarling (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Hensarling has led efforts to end funding for the Ex-Im Bank. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Congress approaches a June 30 expiration date on the Export-Import Bank, more than 50 conservative groups wrote to lawmakers Tuesday urging them to oppose its reauthorization.

“On behalf of our groups and organizations, together representing millions of Americans, we urge you to oppose the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank,” the letter begins. “It unfairly hurts domestic companies and risks billions of taxpayer dollars.” Full story

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