Foreign Affairs

Hoyer Leads Visit to Darfur

Tragedy of War, Genocide Spur Call for Action

For Immediate Release:

April 12, 2007

Contact:Philip Rucker

Washington Post

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said he wanted to make a powerful statement by leading his first overseas congressional trip as House majority leader. So he went to Darfur, the region of Africa's Sudan that has been ravaged by genocide and torn by a civil war.

"I felt it was important to go where people are in trouble, who we can help, and there's nowhere in the world where people are in more trouble than Darfur," Hoyer said.

Hoyer: “No, Mr. Vice President, It Is Not ‘Pointless’ to Listen to the Views of the American People”

For Immediate Release:

April 2, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement this afternoon after Vice President Dick Cheney – during a speech in Alabama – urged Congress to continue to rubber-stamp the Administration’s funding requests for Iraq as previous Republican-controlled Congresses have done.  The Vice President, according to transcripts, stated: “And so it is pointless for the Democrats to continue pursuing [the House and Senate passed supplemental appropriations bills]:"

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Hoyer Leads Congressional Delegation to Sudan, Egypt, Greece and Germany

For Immediate Release:

April 6, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) is currently leading a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Sudan, Egypt, Greece and Germany.  Joining him are Congressman John Barrow (D-GA), Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Congressman Ray LaHood (R-IL), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY), Congressman Brad Miller (D-NC), Congressman Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).

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Hoyer: Misleading Claims Must Stop, President Should Work with Congress on Iraq Bill

For Immediate Release:

March 30, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today following the release of a non-partisan report that showed the Army could maintain its wartime operations well into July 2007 with funds the Army has already been provided.

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Hoyer Calls Iraq Vote a Vital Step Forward in Forging a New Direction

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 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 of Representatives approved the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act:

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Majority Leader Hoyer’s Statement on Iraq Supplemental Appropriations Bill

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2007

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke today on the House Floor on the Iraq Supplemental Appropriations Bill (U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Health and Iraq Accountability Act).  The following is his statement as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, there is not a Member of this body – on either side of the aisle – who does not pray for our success in Iraq and the safe return of our brave servicemen and women.

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The Leader's Report: Week of March 19, 2007

For Immediate Release:

March 23, 2007

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAJORITY LEADER


Democrats are Changing America's Course in Iraq

For Immediate Release:

March 22, 2007

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Broad Range of Groups Endorse Democrats' Iraq Plan

NY Times Op-ed: The Troika and the Surge  - "I hope the Democrats, under Speaker Nancy Pelosi, keep pushing to set a deadline for withdrawal from Iraq, because they are providing two patriotic services that the Republicans failed to offer in the previous four years..."

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?