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.

The Enterprise: Hoyer Visits St. Mary's Manufacturing Firm

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5th,Md.) toured the offices of Coherent Technical Services on Tuesday morning to talk with workers about technology and products made in America. The event was part of Hoyer's efforts to drum up support for a nationwide Make It In America plan, which puts an emphasis on innovation and job creation.

Baltimore Sun: University of Maryland Opens Drone Test Site

University of Maryland officials on Tuesday announced the launch of a new test site to study how drones may coexist with jets, helicopters and other air traffic in U.S. airspace.

Hoyer Delivers Remarks at Ribbon Cutting for University of Maryland's Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in Southern Maryland

Good morning. I want to begin by expressing the gratitude all of us feel for Brit Kirwan's service as Chancellor these past twelve years. He has overseen a period of growth, investment, and a reaffirmation of the University System of Maryland's core mission to expand and enhance higher education in our state. When he retires later this year, he will be greatly missed by the entire University System and all those who have worked closely with him, as I have been privileged to do, to make it one of the best public universities in the country.

Hoyer Visits Southern Maryland Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic

Following the tragic death of Deamonte Driver in 2007, which could have been prevented with routine dental care, our region has been increasingly focused on ensuring children and adults have the dental care they need to stay healthy.

Hoyer Statement on Memorial Day

I join in honoring the fallen heroes of our nation this Memorial Day and in upholding our shared responsibility to comfort and care for the loved ones and communities they left behind.

Hoyer Delivers Commencement Address at University of Maryland University College

COLLEGE PARK, MD – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) delivered the commencement address for the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) commencement ceremony, where he spoke to over 1,200 of UMUC’s nearly 9,500 graduates. Below is his address as prepared for delivery:

“Thank you, and congratulations to the University of Maryland University College graduates of 2013 and 2014!  

“Both to those who are here and to those who, though they could not be with us today, share in this milestone. 

Hoyer Statement on H.B. 1168

I am deeply disappointed by Governor O'Malley's veto of this legislation, which passed the Maryland General Assembly with a strong, veto-proof majority. Senators Mikulski and Cardin and I supported the legislation and urged the Governor to sign it.