Hoyer Gains Support of Key Committee Chairs in Quest for Minority Whip

By John R Parkinson

Nov 9, 2010 1:35pm

ABC News' John R. Parkinson reports:

In a Dear Colleague letter circulated today, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer receives support from seven key committee chairmen in his bid for House Minority Whip in the next Congress. 

In the letter being sent to members of the House Democratic caucus, Hoyer is described by the group of chairmen as a “tested leader” and one of the Democrats’ “most effective messengers.” 

“Steny Hoyer is a tested leader who can help Democrats rise to the challenge of the next Congress, protect the interests of the middle class, and win back the majority,” the group writes. “For those reasons, we support Steny Hoyer as our next Democratic Whip, and we hope that you will do the same.” 

Barney Frank (Financial Services), Silvestre Reyes (Intelligence), Henry Waxman (Energy and Commerce), Edward J. Markey (Energy Independence and Global Warming), Howard L. Berman (Foreign Affairs), Nick J. Rahall, II (Natural Resources) and Bob Filner (Veterans’ Affairs) all signed onto the letter supporting Hoyer in his showdown against House Majority Whip James Clyburn.

“Americans sent us a strong message about their dissatisfaction with the pace of our economic recovery, and we must show them that we hear them loud and clear,” the letter states. “We can begin to do so by choosing a strong leadership team committed to aggressively defining our opponents, defending the middle class, and winning back the House majority. That’s why we’re writing to encourage you to support Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for the role of Democratic Whip.” 

The full letter is copied below: 

Dear Colleague: 

            Congratulations on your election, which we know took tremendous effort and commitment in this difficult political environment. Americans sent us a strong message about their dissatisfaction with the pace of our economic recovery, and we must show them that we hear them loud and clear. We can begin to do so by choosing a strong leadership team committed to aggressively defining our opponents, defending the middle class, and winning back the House majority. That’s why we’re writing to encourage you to support Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for the role of Democratic Whip. 

            As Committee Chairs, we have worked closely with Leader Hoyer for years. We have seen, up close, his inclusive leadership and his strong relationships with Members from across our Caucus. He played a crucial role in the legislative achievements that made the 111th Congress so productive for America's middle class. 

            Now, Leader Hoyer is ready to hit the ground running as Democratic Whip. He is one of our party’s most effective messengers, with the ability to challenge Republicans on the Floor, build support for our party’s middle-class policies across America, and fight back against the special-interest money that played such an important role for Republicans in this election. Like us, Congressman Hoyer understands that Americans do not support the Republican agenda of repealing health care reform, loosening rules that protect consumers and our environment, privatizing Social Security, and funding tax cuts for the wealthy with billions of dollars in new debt. 

            Steny Hoyer is a tested leader who can help Democrats rise to the challenge of the next Congress, protect the interests of the middle class, and win back the majority. For those reasons, we support Steny Hoyer as our next Democratic Whip, and we hope that you will do the same. 

Sincerely yours, 

Barney Frank, Chairman, House Financial Services Committee

Howard L. Berman, Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee

Nick J. Rahall, II, Chairman, House Natural Resources Committee

Bob Filner, Chairman, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee

Silvestre Reyes, Chairman, House Committee on Intelligence

Henry Waxman,
Chairman, House Energy and Commerce Committee

Edward J. Markey, Chairman, House Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

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