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Entry Title Date
Filling The Supreme Court Vacancy March 9, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"Mr. President, the Republican leader and I have worked together in leadership capacities in the Senate for almost 20 years. He has been the whip and I was the whip. I was majority leader, he was minority leader, and vice versa. My presentations the last few weeks do not take away from the fact that Mitch McConnell and I are friends. We have worked together for a long time, and we have done our best to move the Senate forward. But that does not take away from my need as a Senator to pronounce publicly when he and I disagree. So I want to make sure the record is reflective of that."
Medicare Access And Chip Reauthorization Act Of 2015 March 26, 2015
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"I am also glad that this bill includes a robust reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, which has been a bipartisan success story. This is an issue, Mr. Speaker, I worked hard on when I was majority leader, and I am glad that we are moving forward today in a bipartisan way that recognizes how important the CHIP program is for children and for families."
Legislative Program July 25, 2013
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the gentleman’s recitation of history. Let me remind him, the first year I was majority leader, all 12 appropriations bills passed the House prior to the August break—all 12. That also happened the third year. It didn’t happen the second year when we had a lot of political delays. And the reason we went to structured rules, as the gentleman I’m sure recalls, because we had filibuster by amendment. We had delay and obstruction in 2007, just as we have delay and obstruction today, just as there is a refusal today to go to conference. Over 120 days after both Houses have passed their budgets, we still have refusal to go to conference. That is why you can’t get agreement."
Republican Freshman Perspective June 4, 2009
Erik Paulsen, R-MN
"I thank the gentlelady for yielding. One of the biggest surprises and frustrations that I have noticed is that it’s been a little bit more partisan than I ever thought it would be; and I can say that, having served in both the majority and the minority in the Minnesota State legislature; and I was majority leader for awhile. I think a lot of being a successful legislator and making yourself a successful State, and now a successful country, is being able to build relationships to get things done and be results-oriented. In the Minnesota Legislature we were always allowed to offer an amendment to a bill as long as it was germane, just as you were mentioning a little while ago. But here in Congress we have to get permission to offer an amendment from the Chair of the Rules Committee or from the Speaker of the House. So it’s a very closed process, and it’s not an open flowing process where I think it’s easier to breed partisanship. I think if the rank-and-file Members, both Republican and Democrat, can get together to kind of break the grips of that leadership power, I think we could really do great things for the American people."
Reception Of Former Members Of Congress April 17, 2008
Steny Hoyer, D-MD
"Unfortunately, as all of you know through the years now, the aisle has become more a wall than an aisle. A division has grown. I lament, I really do, Bob Michel’s loss from the House and from the country’s service in this body—he still serves our country as all of you do as well—because he was, with Tip O’Neill, two unifying leaders who tried to bring us together, not agreeing necessarily but disagree in a sense of trying to get together to solve problems with our different perspectives being involved. As all of you know, I have a deep affection for Bob Michel for that reason. But I always come here—before I was majority leader I came here—because I want to thank all of you for the service you have given to our country, the friendship you have given to me and so many others in this body."

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