Foreign Affairs

DEMOCRATS WHO SUPPORTED IRAQ FUNDS WRITE TO PRESIDENT WITH CONCERNS

Stress Need for Plan for Iraq’s Future

For Immediate Release:

October 23, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Representatives Rahm Emanuel (IL), Howard Berman (CA), Harold Ford (TN), Martin Frost (TX), Baron Hill (IN), Darlene Hooley (OR), Charlie Stenholm (TX), and Ellen Tauscher (CA) sent a letter to President Bush late yesterday articulating their reasons for supporting both of the president’s war supplemental requests this year while stressing their deep concern that the Administration has failed “to articulate a clear, comprehensive plan that addresses the extent, duration and cost of our future involvement in Iraq.” 

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GOP Trying to Snuff Out Iraqi Loans Idea

For Immediate Release:

October 22, 2003

Contact:Alan Fram

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The White House predicted Wednesday that a final $87 billion measure for Iraq and Afghanistan won't make the Iraqi rebuilding aid a loan, despite signs of continued support for the idea in Congress.

"I don't think that that provision will be in the final language," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters as President Bush flew from Singapore to Bali on one of the last legs of his Asian trip. "It's very clear that it sends the wrong message."

HOYER CONDEMNS DIVISIVE COMMENTS BY MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER

For Immediate Release:

October 24, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement criticizing the anti-Semitic comments made by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad at the Organization of Islamic Conference on October 16.  Hoyer, Majority Whip Roy Blunt (MO) and Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced a Resolution today condemning Prime Minister Mohammad’s comments:

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House votes for Syria sanctions

For Immediate Release:

October 16, 2003

Contact:Stephen Dinan

The Washington Times

The House voted yesterday to impose sanctions on Syria that would prohibit it from buying dual-use technology and that could restrict diplomatic and economic ties until the nation ends its weapons programs and ties to terrorism.

House committee approves $87 billion for Iraq, Afghanistan

Full House to vote next week

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2003

Contact:David Espo

Associated Press

A House committee handed a victory to President Bush on Thursday by approving nearly $87 billion for Iraq and Afghanistan and fending off lawmakers who wanted Iraq to eventually repay some of the aid.

The Republican-led House Appropriations Committee approved the legislation by 47-14, paving the way to likely approval by the full House next Wednesday or Thursday. All 14 "no" votes were from Democrats, but 15 Democratic members voted for the measure.

The Senate plans votes next week on its own, similar package.

OBEY SUBSTITUTE TO IRAQ SUPPLEMENTAL BILL

For Immediate Release:

October 16, 2003

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On October 15, Rep. Dave Obey (D-WI), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, went to the Rules Committee and sought to have his Democratic substitute to the Iraq Supplemental bill made in order by the rule. The Obey substitute does more than the GOP bill to support our troops and encourages international participation in stabilizing and rebuilding Iraq. And the substitute does so at less cost to middle-class taxpayers.

Specifically, the Obey substitute includes the following provisions:

HOYER ADDS ACCOUNTABILITY TO IRAQ SUPPLEMENTAL

Stronger Reporting, Advance Review of No-Bid Contracts Added by House Democratic Whip’s Amendments

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, successfully amended the 2004 Iraq Supplemental Appropriations bill today in the full House Committee mark-up to require greater accountability on such areas as the money spent and progress made in Iraq and Afghanistan and the effect the war is having on our troops and readiness, as well as language requiring advanced review of the awarding of no-bid contracts.  Congressman Hoyer released the following statement regarding his amendments:

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HOYER STATEMENT ON THE $87 BILLION IRAQ SUPPLEMENTAL

For Immediate Release:

October 16, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer delivered the following statement today on the $87 billion Iraq supplemental currently being debated:

“Mr. Speaker, I will vote for this Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill providing $87 billion for our continuing efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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HOYER TO OFFER IRAQ SUPPLEMENTAL ACCOUNTABILITY AMENDMENTS

Requires Stronger Reporting than Chair’s Mark on 11 Issues, Requires Advance Review of No-Bid Contracts

For Immediate Release:

October 9, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, will offer two amendments at today’s House Appropriations Committee mark-up of the fiscal year 2004 Iraq Supplemental bill.  The first amendment requires quarterly reports that provide accountability in past and future spending, detail progress in reconstruction and obtaining international assistance, and estimate expected future costs, among other items.  The second requires advanced review of no-bid contracts, rather than after-the-fact review.  Co

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Democratic Leaders Respond to the President's Request for $87 billion for War and Rebuilding in Iraq and Afghanistan

For Immediate Release:

October 6, 2003

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<h4>Hoyer: "the Bush Administration did not have a plan for winning the peace, which was a serious mistake both in terms of American lives and money"</h4>

<p>&#187; <a class="sidebarBlue" href="/media/press.cfm?pressReleaseID=235">House Democratic Whip Hoyer's Statement</a></p>

<p>&#187; <a class="sidebarBlue" href="/media/press.cfm?pressReleaseID=276">Statement of Congressman John Spratt, Ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee and Assistant to the Democratic Leader</a></p>