Foreign Affairs

The Troika and the Surge

by Thomas L. Friedman

For Immediate Release:

March 21, 2007

Contact:New York Times

President Bush's Iraq surge policy is about a month old now, and there is only one thing you can say about it for certain: no matter what anyone in Congress, the military or the public has to say, it's going ahead. The president has the authority to do it and the veto power to prevent anyone from stopping him. Therefore, there's only one position to have on the surge anymore: hope that it works.

Does this mean that Democrats in Congress who are trying to shut down the war and force a deadline should take the advice of critics and shut up and let the surge play out?

Hoyer: Iraq Bill Will Change America's Course in Iraq

For Immediate Release:

March 21, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke at a press conference today with Hispanic Congressional leaders in support of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

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Hoyer: Reports on Iraq Demonstrate the Need for Accountability Measures in Iraq Accountability Bill

For Immediate Release:

March 15, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House Appropriations Committee approved the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, which will be considered on the House Floor next week:

“Just four days before the beginning of the fifth year of war in Iraq, it is fair to ask: What is it about accountability that this Administration and so many Republicans find objectionable?

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Majority Leader Hoyer Statement on 4th Anniversary of Iraq War

For Immediate Release:

March 19, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

Click here to view the video of Majority Leader Hoyer's full remarks.

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today to mark the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq.  Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

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Hoyer: Democrats Are Forging a New Direction in Iraq Through Consensus Through Consensus Spending Plan

For Immediate Release:

March 8, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

Click here for a summary of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health and Iraq Accountability Act.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today as Democrats prepared to introduce the “U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act,” which is expected to be marked up in the Appropriations Committee next week:

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On Oversight and Iraq, Congress Finally Asserts Itself

By Norman Ornstein

For Immediate Release:

March 7, 2007

Contact:Roll Call

The Iraq War is the topic of the day, the week, the month, the year. But before I get to it, I need to repeat a mantra that I will continue to chant: It’s the oversight, stupid.

Take the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It is clear that the problems of care for wounded veterans have been festering for more than three years and have been much greater for reservists and members of the National Guard. The lack of concern by the military brass has been matched by indifference elsewhere in the Pentagon.

Majority Leader Hoyer Statement on National Security First Act

For Immediate Release:

February 28, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the National Security First Act, which will implement changes to the CFIUS review process that will strengthen national security:

"Mr. Speaker, today, the new Democratic Majority in the House has brought legislation to the Floor - the National Security First Act - which will strengthen our national security by addressing a glaring deficiency that became public last year.

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