Foreign Affairs

Hoyer Statement on Elections in Iraq

For Immediate Release:

December 14, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) released the following statement today regarding the parliamentary elections taking place in Iraq tomorrow:

“Tomorrow’s elections in Iraq could mark an important turning point for both the Iraqi and American people.

“For the elections to be successful, it is critical that they are inclusive and that the Iraqi people vote in large numbers.  This will help ensure the legitimacy of the results and provide the newly elected government with a strong foundation on which to build.

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Hoyer Statement on Iranian President's Latest Outrageous Outburst

For Immediate Release:

December 15, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding anti-Israel comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, including a comment that the death of six millions Jews in the Holocaust is a “myth” fabricated by the West:

 “The latest verbal outburst by the Iranian President against the Jewish people and the State of Israel must be swiftly and strongly condemned by all civilized people.

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Hoyer Statement in Support of DOD Motion to Instruct that Bans Torture

Whip Says Administration Policies that Allow for Torture Weaken America’s Security and Moral Standing

For Immediate Release:

December 14, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in support of the Motion to Instruct on H.R. 2863 Department of Defense Appropriations.  The Motion to Instruct was offered by Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) and mirrors a similar amendment offered in the Senate by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). 

“This critically important motion to instruct is identical to the amendment offered by Senator McCain – and passed 90-9 and by voice vote in the Senate – on the Defense Appropriations and Defense Authorization bills.

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Hoyer: Iraqi Election Critical to That Nation’s Future, and America’s Presence There

For Immediate Release:

December 12, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in response to President Bush’s speech in Philadelphia on Iraq:

“The President broke no new ground in his speech today.  In most respects, his remarks were simply a restatement of earlier comments describing what he hopes will happen in Iraq while failing to detail a plan for how the U.S. is going to help Iraqis make it happen.

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Hoyer Statement on the President’s Speech on Iraq

“Anecdotes Do Not Constitute a Plan”

For Immediate Release:

December 7, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding this morning’s speech by President Bush on Iraq:

“Once again, the President missed an important opportunity to articulate, in detail, what his strategy for success is in Iraq.  His comments this morning were more of the same vague generalities that he has invoked in the past, buttressed by positive anecdotes.  However, anecdotes do not constitute a plan.  Nor do they convey the real-world challenges on the ground.

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Hoyer Statement Against the Hunter Resolution

Whip Says Republican Resolution Trivializes War, Unworthy of Troops

For Immediate Release:

November 18, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House floor in opposition the resolution offered by Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Duncan Hunter (R-CA):

“Mr. Speaker, the most profound issue that this Congress must consider is whether or not to declare and prosecute war, whether or not to send our nation’s sons and daughters into harm’s way.

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Hoyer Statement on President Bush’s Speech on Iraq

President’s Speech Falls Short, Will Do Little to Bolster Support

For Immediate Release:

November 30, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

 WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this morning regarding President Bush’s speech at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis on the war in Iraq:

       “The President’s address today was long-overdue and a clear reaction to public questioning of his Iraq policy.  I believe he must regularly and candidly communicate with the American people if he is to maintain their support for this war.

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Hoyer Statement on House Resolution Supporting Israel’s Accession to OECD

For Immediate Release:

November 8, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), a strong advocate of the U.S.-Israel relationship, issued the following statement regarding H.Res. 38 (Expressing support for the accession of Israel to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)), which passed the U.S. House today.  In August, Hoyer led a Congressional delegation of 14 Democrats on a week-long visit to Israel that included presentations on the nation’s economy and security challenges:

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Hoyer: The U.S.-Indian Relationship Continues to Deepen and Flourish

For Immediate Release:

July 19, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), who led a Congressional delegation to India in January 2004, released the following statement today after an address to a Joint Session of Congress by Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India:

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