Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was elected by acclamation to serve as Minority Whip in the next Congress, and he defended Speaker Nancy Pelosis decision to seek the Minority Leader job.
Going forward, Hoyer said Democrats “need to renew our focus on jobs, renew our focus on economic growth.” In the coming weeks, he said he would be “talking a lot” about Democrats’ “Make It in America” initiative and that he would be working closely on that endeavor with the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organized labor “to reach common ground.”
“Growing jobs and growing the economy and reaching fiscal balance, I don’t think that’s left, center or middle. I think it’s common sense, and I think that that is the Democratic agenda, so I don’t perceive it as moving left or right. It is what our party has been all about and what it needs to be all about.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.