National Security & Veterans

Congressman Hoyer believes that a Member of Congress’s highest duty is to keep America safe, strengthen our national security, and protect our homeland from attack. He is a leader in Congress on national security issues, has advocated for smarter and stronger policies to step up the fight against terrorist organizations that would do us harm, and remains unwavering in his commitment to the members of our armed services.  He is also a strong supporter of investing in programs that adequately equip our first responders for response to potential domestic attacks and increase protections at our ports and borders.

Congressman Hoyer has been the lead advocate for Southern Maryland’s military installations at the federal level and was instrumental in the BRAC process in preserving 9,000 jobs at Patuxent River Naval Air Station while adding over 5,000 new jobs; protecting 3,000 jobs at Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center; and securing the future of Webster Field, St. Inigoes. Hoyer has worked closely with the Southern Maryland Navy Alliance, the Indian Head Defense Alliance, the Patuxent Partnership, the Chambers of Commerce and local officials working to ensure that these three military installations are protected. 

Congressman Hoyer is a strong advocate for our veterans, and has worked tirelessly to ensure that America’s veterans receive the respect, care, and benefits they earned through their service to our nation. While Congressman Hoyer has strongly supported historic increases in funding for the Veterans Administration, improving the quality and efficiency of care in our nation’s VA facilities, he is also a strong proponent of accountability in how the VA spends those resources.

Congressman Hoyer worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs Baltimore Regional Office on improving the claims process for Maryland veterans to ensure they receive their benefits in a timely manner and with fewer errors. He is also dedicated to eliminating homelessness among veterans. He worked to secure funding to assist nearly 200 veteran families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness in St. Mary's, Charles, and Calvert Counties. Additionally, he joined the Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland and other stakeholders to ensure an accurate count of the homeless population in the Fifth District, which was critical to receiving additional housing vouchers for homeless veterans.

Senate Passes Bipartisan Veterans’ Health Care Bill with Funding for Two Maryland Veterans Clinics

Yesterday, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02), John Sarbanes (MD-03), Kweisi Mfume (MD-07), Anthony Brown (MD-04) announced the Senate passage of new legislation to open two veterans clinics in Baltimore and Prince George’s County. The bipartisan Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act (PACT Act), which passed today by a vote of 84-14, provides healthcare benefits for all generations of toxic-exposed veterans for the first time in the nation’s history and will improve access to care for all those who served in our nation’s armed forces. The legislation now moves to the House for consideration.

Hoyer Statement on Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today in recognition of Veterans Day:

NEWSLETTER: Upholding our Commitment to Fifth District Servicemembers with the FY2022 NDAA

Yesterday, the House passed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to ensure the security of our nation and support our men and women in uniform. I was pleased to bring this legislation to the Floor and see it pass overwhelmingly – just as it has done for 60 consecutive years. I worked alongside my colleagues to secure important benefits for Fifth District service members, including a 2.7 percent pay increase, expanded parental leave, and improved mental health care services, all of which are essential resources that our men and women in uniform rely on.

Hoyer Meets with Charles County Leaders to Discuss Indian Head Priorities

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after a virtual meeting with Charles County Commissioner President Rueben Collins, Charles County Commissioner Thomasina Coates, Indian Head Mayor Brandon Paulin, and Charles County Military Alliance Council Executive Director Pam Frank

Hoyer Tours College of Southern Maryland Velocity Center, Attends Briefing with College of Southern Maryland and United States Bomb Technician Association

INDIAN HEAD, MD – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today after his visit to the College of Southern Maryland Velocity Center, where he toured the brand new center and attended a briefing by the College of Southern Maryland and the United States Bomb Technician Association:

Hoyer Attends Briefing at Naval Support Facility Indian Head

This morning, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) received a briefing from the Naval Support Facility Indian Head; Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division; Chemical, Biological, Radiological Incident Force; and the Naval Expeditionary Exploitation Unit ONE at Indian Head to discuss the role this military base plays in our national security.