Steny Hoyer wins house majority

Posted: 11/16/2006 by Floyd in Labels:

Steny Hoyer was voted by the Dems as house majority leader when the Congress convenes in January, Hoyer defeated John Murtha by a vote of 149/86. Some of Hoyer's accomplishments was an amendment adopted by the house in May to increase funding for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Firefighters (SAFER) and the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Programs. Hoyer has many things to his credit including his commitment to law enforcement and is a long time supporter of COPS on the beat program, in addition Steny Hoyer also is a widely respected voice on foreign policy and international affairs. As the former Chair and Ranking Democrat of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (the Helsinki Commission), he championed the cause of human rights, individual freedoms, democracy and religious liberties throughout the world. He called for decisive U.S. and NATO action to stop the carnage throughout the former Yugoslavia, and, more recently, condemned the repressive tactics of Afghanistan's former ruling regime, the Taliban; recognized the danger posed by that government before the terrorist attacks of September 11; and urged action against genocide in Sudan. In the race to pick the majority leader Nancy Pelosi threw her support to John Murtha a strong voice against the Iraq war and one of the more outspoken voices on the hill. Mr. Hoyer not as outspoken as Murtha has several credentials to bring to this post and would think that he will do us a good job and the Dems prove once again that they can go to the middle, however, the news seem to find that this was a bitter race for majority leader but the Republicans have the same problem in this regard. Hoyer is a 25 year veteran of Congress, Murtha who ran against him for the post will return to the the powerful defense subcommittee with responsibility for the war in Iraq and the Pentagon budget.