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Roll Call reports today that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (NYT photo) is hitting the road during the August recess to support a slew of House candidates -- including newbie Mark Critz, D-Johnstown.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer plans a busy August on the campaign trail, with appearances planned for more than two dozen House Members and candidates, particularly moderates for whom the Maryland Democrat is the go-to leader, according to his office.

Among the Democrats who can expect visits from Hoyer are Reps. Larry Kissell (N.C.), Mark Critz (Pa.), Christopher Carney (Pa.) and Tim Bishop (N.Y.) as well as Denny Heck, who is running to replace retiring Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.). The packed schedule is part of a multifaceted effort by Hoyer to shore up his base of support heading into a difficult election year where the party's majority is at stake and many of his allies are potentially on the chopping block.

Hoyer has also raised more than $4.7 million for other Democrats so far and given a series of meaty policy speeches offering a robust moderate perspective on fiscal responsibility, national security and the economy.

Full story is here, though it requires a subscription. (h/t The Huddle)

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