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.

Hoyer Statement on Military Appreciation Month

Americans have always looked to the men and women of our Armed Forces with gratitude and appreciation for placing their lives on the line to defend our freedoms, and as we begin observing National Military Appreciation Month throughout May, let us continue to salute their heroism, service, and sacrifice.

Hoyer Hosts Reception Honoring Fifth District Students Offered Appointments to United States Military Service Academies

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) announced the names of 10 Fifth District students nominated by him who have received appointment offers to attend one of four United States military service academies for the next school year. Yesterday, he held a reception honoring all Fifth District students who have received military service academy appointment offers and their families at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Hoyer Hosts 33rd Annual Military Education and Career Showcase

From combating terrorism to keeping the peace in troubled regions, our military has an important role to play in the twenty-first century. That's why we must continue to produce strong and dedicated military officers.

Hoyer Testimony on H.R. 1168

Mr. Chairman, Mr. Vice-Chairman, and members of the Committee, I am pleased to be here today to offer my support for H.B. 1168.

Hoyer Joins Team Maryland for "We're All In: Bringing the FBI to Prince George's County" Press Conference

Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) joined Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Governor Martin O'Malley, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Senator Ben Cardin, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards, Maryland State Senator Doug Peters, Maryland State Delegate Jolene Ivey, and Prince George's County Council Chairman Mel Franklin to promote Prince George's County as the right choice for relocating the new, consolidated Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters.The new FBI headquarters will be home to 11,000 jobs and is estimated to be a $2 billion economic development project.

Hoyer Remarks at "We're All In: Bringing the FBI to Prince George's County" Press Conference

Good afternoon. I am here today, along with other Members of the Maryland delegation and state and local officials to declare that at every level of government, Team Maryland is fully behind Prince George's County as the next home of the FBI's headquarters.