Foreign Affairs

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>

HOYER: STRONG SANCTIONS WILL DETER TERRORISTS

For Immediate Release:

October 15, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) today spoke out on the House Floor in favor of H.R. 1828, the bipartisan Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act, which would impose sanctions and other penalties on Syria.  The following is Rep. Hoyer’s statement as prepared for delivery:

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Clash Over Postwar Iraq Rises in Congress

For Immediate Release:

September 15, 2003

Contact:David Espo

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay "is in no position to question the patriotism" of President Bush's critics on Iraq, having once scathingly condemned President Clinton's military strategy in Bosnia, a Democratic leader said Thursday.

Rep. Steny Hoyer quoted DeLay as saying that the 1999 NATO-led bombing campaign was "President Clinton's war."

Spratt Statement on Potential Cost of Operations in Iraq

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2003

Contact:Chuck Fant
202-225-5501

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Spratt, Jr. (D-SC) today issued the following statement on release of his new report on the cost of war and reconstruction in Iraq. 

TOP ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE DEM ASKS PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS SECURITY AND QUALITY OF LIFE ISSUES FOR U.S. TROOPS IN IRAQ

For Immediate Release:

September 25, 2003

Contact:Lara Battles or Whitney Frost
(202) 225-2876

Washington, DC – In a letter to the President, Rep. Ike Skelton (D-MO) called on the Administration to address issues that are affecting U.S. service members’ security and quality of life while deployed in Iraq.  Skelton urged the President to provide funding for these urgent needs within the Administration’s $87 billion supplemental appropriations request for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Democrats assail Iraq spending plan

Congress OK likely, but critics want to scale back tax cuts

For Immediate Release:

September 10, 2003

Contact:William Neikirk and Bob Kemper

The Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON -- President Bush's $87 billion request to stabilize and rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan appears headed for approval in Congress, but at the same time it is giving new impetus to Democratic efforts to scale back his tax cuts and reap political gains from the administration's large budget deficits.

Bush Likely to Get Money He Sought, Lawmakers Agree

For Immediate Release:

September 9, 2003

Contact:DAVID FIRESTONE

The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 — Members of Congress said today that President Bush would get the $87 billion he requested for Iraq and Afghanistan, but that he would have to walk through a bit of fire first. Lawmakers said they expected sharp questioning of the request and a renewed debate about the effect on federal spending, taxes and the record-setting deficit.