Foreign Affairs

Week of June 13, 2005

Bill Text and Background

For Immediate Release:

June 13, 2005

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     H.R. 2862 - Science, the Departments of State,
        Justice, and Commerce, and Related Agencies
        Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2006

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Hoyer Statement on the United Nations Reform Bill

For Immediate Release:

June 17, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement on the House floor today in opposition to the Republican U.N. Reform Bill and in favor of the Democratic substitute:

“Mr.  Speaker, the question before this House today is not whether the United Nations should be reformed, but how that institution must be reformed.

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Hoyer Congratulates Israel On Its 57th Independence Day

Democratic Whip Prepares to Lead Another Delegation to Israel This Summer

For Immediate Release:

May 12, 2005

Contact:Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

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

“I want to congratulate the citizens of Israel and the entire Jewish community on this 57th anniversary of the State of Israel’s founding, also known as Yom Ha’atzmaut.

“For 57 years, the Israeli people have faced persistent challenges and threats, and they have prevailed – and will continue to prevail and flourish – because of their unshakable courage and faith in Israel’s democratic future.

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Democratic ‘Doves’ Vs. Internationalists

For Immediate Release:

March 21, 2005

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By David Nather

Congressional Quarterly

U.S. House Approves $81.4 Bln War Spending Package

For Immediate Release:

March 16, 2005

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Bloomberg News

The U.S. House approved $81.4 billion in additional spending in 2005 for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, about $500 million less than President George W. Bush had requested.

The package, approved today by a vote of 388-43, includes $76.8 billion in defense spending. The remainder of the money will be used for foreign assistance, including aid to victims of the tsunami in Asia, and State Department programs.

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

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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.