- Steny Hoyer has spoken about his time in management as he prepares to hand over the reins.
- He lamented the “confrontational” nature of some Republicans in the chamber in an interview with The Washington Post.
- Hoyer is leaving the leadership, but will remain in the House in January 2023.
Outgoing House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who has long had a strong connection in the political aisle, said in a recent interview that the “biggest change” he has noticed in the lower house is the more “confrontational” nature of Republicans.
Hoyer, a Marylander who has served in Congress since 1981, is often one of the first Democrats approached by top Republicans seeking to strike deals on various pieces of legislation.
But in an interview with The Washington Post, Hoyer — who will step down from the leadership but remain in the House in January — was remarkably candid about the record of partisanship in a chamber where he still seeks to forge bipartisan consensus.
“I think the biggest change in the institution is how divisive Republicans have become,” he told the newspaper.
Hoyer, who in 1990 was the main sponsor of the Americans With Disabilities Act, worked with then-GOP Rep. Steve Barrett of Texas and then-President George H. W. Bush to pass the radical legislation.
But after former GOP chairs John Boehner of Ohio and Paul Ryan of Wisconsin struggled to rein in their party’s more extreme elements, governing became more difficult.
“That’s the biggest change,” Hoyer said, while also highlighting the events of January 6, 2021.