Foreign Affairs


For Immediate Release:

June 2, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding comments by President Bush at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado:

 “It’s no wonder that the American people have grave reservations about the President’s handling of the occupation and reconstruction in Iraq.  The courage and valiant efforts of our troops there are simply not being matched with the articulation of a concrete, clear plan for success by President Bush and his Administration.



Remembering the Bravery of Liberty’s Steadfast Defenders

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip (MD) Steny Hoyer released the following statement today in observance of Memorial Day:

“On the last Monday of May, our Nation collectively remembers and honors those who have given their lives defending America’s freedom. 


Democrats urge hearings in Abu Ghraib scandal

The top three House Democratic leaders sent a letter to House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Monday requesting he call for committee hearings to investigate the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.

Democrats have called for hearings in recent weeks, but Hastert and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, have declined on the grounds that Congress should exercise its oversight power only if the military's investigation is deemed insufficient.

DeLay, Hoyer Laud U.S.-Israel Relationship

House Majority Leader DeLay and Minority Whip Hoyer addressed the American Israel Public Affairs Committee today, reaffirming the U.S. commitment to a secure Israeli state and to a united force in the war on terror.

"Ours is a relationship of principle and conscience, of shared values and common aspirations, of peace and opportunity, and of a mutual commitment to freedom and
democracy," said Hoyer, who defended Israel's decision to construct a security fence along its border, and said a secure Israel is an "absolute precondition for peace" in the Middle East.

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From GOP, Zero Tolerance For Democratic War Critics

Republicans have adopted a scorched-earth strategy toward Democrats who challenge the wisdom of the way the war in Iraq is being conducted. Such critics, GOP officials say, are not merely misguided but are craven cut-and-runners who help the enemy and put politics ahead of U.S. troops' safety.

Congressmen to AIPAC: We'll legislate Bush's promises

WASHINGTON - Leading Democratic and Republican Congressmen told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee annual conference Monday that they plan to work toward formalizing in American law the contents of the letter U.S. President George W. Bush gave Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last month.

In the letter, Bush rejected the Palestinians' claim of a right of return of refugees to Israel and said it was unrealistic to expect a full Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

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US House Condemns Abuse Of Iraqi Prisoners By Troops

"The overwhelming majority of America's troops are heroes," said House Majority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo. "Unfortunately, in recent days, their brave and extraordinary actions have been overshadowed by the cowardly actions of a few."

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., echoed Blunt's comments, but also said that the only way to "remove that dark cloud" that hangs over U.S. troops would be for Congress to investigate and hold those responsible accountable.

Appropriation political, necessary

For Immediate Release:

May 7, 2004


Jackson Clarion-Ledger

Democrats in Congress are zeroing in on President Bush's request for $25 billion in more war funds, perhaps rightly.

The president had left out the request in the budget he presented to Congress earlier. But increased violence in Iraq has pushed up costs more than the Pentagon had expected.