Foreign Affairs

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

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:

###

INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE ON INTELL. REFORM LEGISLATION

Intellsmall

(the Intell. Reform Clearinghouse will be continuously updated as new information is available. Last updated at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 6th)

» The Intell. Reform Clearinghouse

SKELTON: Republican Intelligence Reform Omits Bipartisan 9/11 Commission Recommendations

WASHINGTON D.C.— Republicans decline to include key recommendations of the bipartisan  9/11 Commission in their intelligence reform legislation.

Representative Ike Skelton (MO), Ranking Member on the Armed Services Committee made the following statement:

MENENDEZ: HOUSE REPUBLICANS CHOOSE PARTISANSHIP OVER SECURITY

WASHINGTON, DC -- House Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today made the following statement following the defeat of the Menendez Amendment by a vote of 213 to 203.  The amendment merged two bi-partisan 9/11 Senate bills (Collins/Lieberman, S. 2845; McCain/Lieberman, S.2774) endorsed by the 9/11 Commission, and supported by a majority of 9/11 families. 

HOYER STATEMENT ON INTELLIGENCE REFORM BILL

 
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer spoke on the House floor today in support of the bipartisan intelligence reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission and supported by House Democrats.  House Republicans  instead have chosen to back an alternative bill which excludes many of the Commission’s recommendations and fails to address serious threats to our nation’s security.   The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

###

MENENDEZ ON 9/11 BILL: HOUSE REPUBLICANS PLAYING POLITICS WITH AMERICA’S SECURITY

WASHINGTON, DC -- House Democratic Caucus Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today made the following statement on the Menendez Amendment during debate on H.R. 10, the House Republican 9/11 bill, which falls far short in its implementation of the 9/11 Commission recommendations.  The Menendez Amendment merges two bi-partisan Senate bills (Collins/Lieberman, S. 2845; McCain/Lieberman, S.2774) endorsed by the 9/11 Commission, and supported by a majority of 9/11 families. 

HOYER CALLS ON U.N. TO SUSPEND SUDAN FROM WORLD BODY

Supports Resolution to Suspend Sudan from Human Rights Commission

For Immediate Release:

September 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this evening after speaking on the House Floor earlier in support of a House resolution calling for the suspension of Sudan's membership on the United Nations Commission on Human Rights:

“The international community can no longer avert its eyes from the humanitarian and human rights catastrophe that is occurring in the Darfur region of Sudan today.

###

HOYER: AMERICA WILL WIN IN IRAQ BY TAKING THE SMART, RIGHT COURSE NOT BY STAYING ON THE SAME, WRONG COURSE

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the war in Iraq:

“I appreciate Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi’s visit to Congress today.  However it did not allay my serious concerns with President Bush’s failure to set us on a course to victory in Iraq.

###