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 Praises Appointment of Mary Lacey as Program Executive Officer for the National Security Personnel System

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer released the following statement today following the Department of Defense announcement that Mary E. Lacey, currently the technical director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center of the Naval Sea Systems Command, and formerly the Executive Director of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Maryland, Division, has been appointed as the program executive officer for the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) by Secretary of the Navy Gordon England.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Statement on the 2005 Budget

WASHINGTON - Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following passage of the Republicans' Fiscal Year 2005 Budget Conference Report in the House of Representatives last night. The Budget Act requires a budget resolution to provide spending and revenue levels for five years, but the Republican Budget passed by the House provides budget policies for only one year masking the truly negative impact of Republican policies.________________________________________________________________________

Maryland Delegation Meets with National Guard and Reserve Leaders from Maryland

WASHINGTON, DC - The Maryland delegation in the House of Representatives met today with Major General Bruce F. Tuxill, Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard, and Colonel Vincent Taylor, from the Army Reserve to discuss ways to provide the resources needed by the National Guard and Reserve to improve their readiness and adequately provide for their continued service.________________________________________________________________________

Congressman Hoyer Meets with Veterans from Maryland

WALDORF, MD - Congressman Steny Hoyer met today with veterans from throughout the state of Maryland to discuss issues important to military retirees and their families.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer Urges House of Representatives to Protect Retirement Benefits of Military Widows

WASHINGTON, DC - Last night, Congressman Steny Hoyer signed a petition to force the full House of Representatives to consider H.R. 548, the Survivor Benefits Improvement Act; a bipartisan proposal to immediately end the benefit reduction received by a veteran's spouse when they turn 62 and protect the retirement benefits earned by military retirees.________________________________________________________________________

Hoyer: National Budget Should Reflect Maryland's Values

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer released the following statement today on the House Republican and Democratic fiscal year 2005 budgets. Congressman Hoyer supported the House Democratic budget which would balance the budget in 8 years, invest in America's priorities, and provide for a strong national defense.________________________________________________________________________

Rep. Hoyer, Members of the MD Delegation Denounce GOP Cuts to Federal Investments Critical to Maryland

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congressman Steny Hoyer and members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation denounced President Bushs proposed fiscal year 2005 budget, which contains harmful cuts to federal investments in Maryland that the state would be forced to absorb. The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider the fiscal year 2005 federal budget next week, which is expected to be approved today by the Republican-controlled House Budget Committee.________________________________________________________________________

Veterans Honor Congressman Hoyer

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny Hoyer was named one of the American Legions "Unsung Heroes" of the 108th Congress last evening. National Commander John Brieden presented Rep. Hoyer with the organizations Unsung Hero Award during the Legions 44th Annual Washington Conference on Capitol Hill. A delegation of Maryland Legionnaires joined Rep. Hoyer and the elected leader of the nations largest veterans organization.________________________________________________________________________