- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 7, 2014

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer made an attempt at humor over his title Wednesday by telling an audience at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that he does not “whip people.”

“First of all, let me tell my friends from Africa, I do not whip people,” the Maryland Democrat told the crowd, receiving muffled laughs. “And if you watch ‘House of Cards,’ it is not accurate.”

Wednesday’s event, titled “Dialogue with African CEOs,” was hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus, The Daily Caller reported.

Mr. Hoyer’s speech covered initiatives meant to boost economic growth in Africa.

“Right now, there are 600 million sub-Saharan Africans living without reliable access to electricity,” he said, The Daily Caller reported. “That’s 70 percent of the population — and a significant barrier to growing Africa’s middle class.”

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