Foreign Affairs

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

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Nathan Guttman

Haaretz Israel News

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

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May 6, 2004

Contact:John Godfrey

Dow Jones

"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.

Democrats Lay Plans for $25B

For Immediate Release:

May 10, 2004

Contact:Mark Preston and Erin Billings

Roll Call

Congressional Democrats are preparing to lock horns with the White House over its appeal for a $25 billion wartime reserve fund, and will seek to triple the request as well as reallocate Iraq construction funds to help offset it.

Senate and House Democrats charged that the administration is “lowballing” the actual amount needed to hide the cost of the war from voters.

U.S. House Deplores Mistreatment of Prisoners

For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2004

Contact:Thomas Ferraro


President Bush's fellow Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives joined Democrats on Thursday in deploring the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners.

But with passions and partisanship rising, they rejected Democratic calls for congressional investigations into the mushrooming scandal that has eroded American credibility and renewed questions about the Iraq war.

On a vote of 365-50, the Republican-led House approved a resolution that "deplores and condemns the abuse of persons in United States custody in Iraq."

Congressional reaction to abuse scandal heats up

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2004


St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Congressional reaction to the prison abuse scandal in Iraq took on
an increasingly angry tone Thursday, with some Democrats calling for the firing
of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In response, Republicans accused the Democrats of partisan politics. Sen.
Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo., was among some who went even further. He said
calls for Rumsfeld to step down could endanger the U.S. military effort by
"undermining the authority of the Department of Defense."

House Democratic Leaders to Speaker Hastert: Investigate Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Scandal

Democratic Leaders Send Letter to Speaker

For Immediate Release:

May 24, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and House Democratic Caucus Chair Robert Menendez today called on Speaker Hastert to direct the relevant committees to investigate the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal. The full text of the letter follows:

The full text of the letter follows:

May 24, 2004

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert
Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 Capitol
Washington, D.C.  20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:



For Immediate Release:

May 19, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) issued following statement today announcing his support for the US-Australian Free Trade Agreement:


Hoyer Speaks to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

Remarks of the Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, House Democratic Whip

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer

"I cannot tell you how honored I am to speak to the members of this great organization, who understand better than anyone the imperative of a free, independent Jewish State and who know that a secure, successful Israel serves the national interests of the United States of America.

 My friends, Israel does not stand alone in this world.  Her fight against those who would seek her destruction is America’s fight as well – as it should be the fight of all who love liberty and reject terrorism.



Discusses House’s Role in Investigating Abuses of Iraqi Prisoners And Cover the Uninsured Week

For Immediate Release:

May 11, 2004

Contact:Steny Hoyer

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) made the following Floor statement today regarding the House’s role in investigating abuses of Iraqi prisoners and legislation being considered in the House for Covered the Uninsured week:

“Mr. Speaker, before I discuss legislation that will be considered on the Floor this week, I want to comment briefly on the continuing revelations about the abuse of Iraqi detainees in American custody and the need for vigorous congressional oversight through full and open committee hearings.