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.

Baltimore Sun: Maryland residents, officials pledge support, unity after Orlando mass shooting

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Southern Maryland said he was "both horrified and deeply saddened" by the attack. "Although the investigation remains ongoing," he said. "the fact that it targeted a place where LGBT Americans went to feel safe – and that it occurred during LGBT Pride Month – initially leads to the belief that this was not only an act of terrorism, but also a crime of hate and prejudice.

County Times: Hoyer wants answer on vets clinic

Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-Md-5th) stated this week that the effort to build a new community-based outpatient clinic (CBOC) for veterans in Southern Maryland is taking too long and has demanded a timeline for its construction and completion.

Hoyer Participates in Veterans Roundtable at College of Southern Maryland

I'm proud that Maryland's Fifth Congressional District has a long tradition of sending dedicated and talented men and women to our Armed Forces – and that they serve our country with honor and make a difference through their service.

Hoyer Statement on Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act

I have been a strong supporter of bipartisan defense authorization bills passed by Congress for more than three decades, but last night I voted against a partisan defense authorization bill that is simply bad for our nation's defense.

Hoyer Tours Northrop Grumman's Linthicum Facility

Today I visited Northrop Grumman to learn more about the important work they are doing in the manufacturing sector, including building sensors and radars that help protect our country and allies.

Hoyer Speaks to the Prince George's County Business Community

I was pleased to join the business community in Prince George's County for a luncheon today to discuss the outlook for Congress in 2016 and to thank them for all they are doing to help make the County a great place to do business.