Foreign Affairs

News Analysis: New wind in Washington blows ball

by Ron Kampeas

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2005

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (JTA) — It used to be that a bipartisan barrage of Beltway backing for “democracy in the Middle East” meant something comforting for Israel: another show of solid U.S. support. Now it could mean profound change.

Two congressional resolutions praising the Palestinians for their presidential elections last month, coupled with administration suggestions that substantial material support is on its way, hint at a subtle but far-reaching change in how the United States treats the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Hoyer: Palestinian Elections Offer An Historic Opportunity For Peace

Democratic Whip Sponsors House Resolution

For Immediate Release:

February 2, 2005

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer

WASHINGTON DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today sponsored a bipartisan Resolution with House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (MO) to congratulate the Palestinian people for carrying out an historic and peaceful election and to congratulate the newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.  The text of Mr. Hoyer’s statement on the House floor is below:

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BLUNT, HOYER REVIEW PREPARATIONS FOR IRAQI, PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS

For Immediate Release:

December 16, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

BAGHDAD, IRAQ--- House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) led a congressional delegation to the Middle East to assess ongoing preparations for the upcoming national elections in Iraq and the Palestinian Authority.  In advance of the scheduled January 30th elections in Iraq, the Whips met this week with Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi, as well as members of the Independent Election Commission of Iraq, and Carlos Valenzuela, who heads the UN election team.

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MENENDEZ HAILS PASSAGE OF 9/11 BILL

Passage is a Victory for All Americans

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Andrew Kauders
202-226-3210

WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Bob Menendez, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and a conferee on the 9/11 bill, today made the following statement on passage of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, following months of negotiations.  The bill passed by a vote of 336 to 75.

Pelosi: '9/11 Bill Will Help Protect America and All Americans

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider
202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on the final version of the  9/11 intelligence reform bill, which passed the House by a vote of  336 to 75:

“More than four months ago, the 9/11 Commission made a critical judgment.  It concluded that the United States intelligence community was not structured properly to counter the threats, including terrorism, that our nation was likely to face in the years to come.

Statement of the Family Steering Committee on Stalled Intel Reform Bill

For Immediate Release:

November 24, 2004

Contact:Afshin Mohamadi
202-225-7944

Last week, the American people saw Washington at its worst.  Partisan politics, turf battles and status quo complacency took precedence over Congress's most fundamental and sacred obligation - to protect the citizens of this country against our enemies. America saw members of Congress sent scurrying home by Speaker Hastert, leaving unfinished the most important legislation of all - fixing the core problems that allowed 9/11 to happen.

HOYER STATEMENT ON 9/11 INTELLIGENCE REFORM

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today regarding House passage of the 9/11 Intelligence Reform bill:

"I am pleased that our friends on the other side of the aisle and the White House have finally resolved their differences on intelligence reform and that the Republican leadership is allowing the Members to vote on this important conference report.

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In the House, both parties’ leaders pledge to maintain Jewish outreach

For Immediate Release:

November 3, 2004

Contact:Ron Kampeas

Jewish Telegrahic Agency

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (JTA) — The Democratic and Republican whips in the U.S. House of Representatives have a lot in common when it comes to Jewish issues — such as bipartisan agreement on support for Israel and an understanding that neither party can take the Jewish vote for granted any longer.

In exclusive interviews with JTA, Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) each explained why reaching Jewish voters will continue to preoccupy them long-term, even after an election that saw unprecedented attention paid to the Jewish vote.

HOYER: IMPASSE ON INTELLIGENCE REFORM DEMONSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF ELECTING DEMOCRATS TO HOUSE MAJORITY

Democratic Whip Says House Republicans Are “Constitutionally Incapable” of Bipartisan Consensus on Key Issue

For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2004

Contact:Anna Bell Farrar
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the continuing impasse on an intelligence reform bill and the failure of this Republican Congress to enact legislation on other major issues:

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