Foreign Affairs

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.

Democrats Meet Abbas, Sharon in Israel

Democrats Meet Abbas, Sharon, Press for Action Against Militants

For Immediate Release:

August 5, 2003

Contact:JERUSALEM

The Associated Press

A leading U.S. congressman on Tuesday accused Yasser Arafat of hampering peace efforts and told the new Palestinian prime minister he must take responsibility and strike a deal with Israel.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland, who is leading 29 House Democrats in a weeklong tour of Israel to discuss the Mideast peace process, made his comments after separate meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

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US Politicians Defend Israel's Security Fence

For Immediate Release:

August 6, 2003

Contact:Julie Stahl, Jerusalem Bureau Chief

CNSNews.com

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - The Israeli security barrier that divides Israel and parts of the West Bank is a "rational response" to security concerns, a U.S. lawmaker said in Jerusalem.

House of Representatives Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is leading a delegation of lawmakers - the largest ever to visit Israel - on a one-week fact-finding tour, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation, which has links to AIPAC, America's largest pro-Israel lobby.

Precondition for Peace - Security

For Immediate Release:

August 15, 2003

Contact:Steny H. Hoyer

The Jerusalem Post

The Bible tells us that men cry out for peace, and there is no peace. Such has been the stark history of humankind. And nowhere is that tragic truth more evident and more long-lived than in the Middle East.

Spratt Statement on the Cost of the War in Iraq

For Immediate Release:

September 8, 2003

Contact:Chuck Fant
202-225-5501

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) today issued the following statement on the cost of the war in Iraq.

VETERANS NEED RESOURCES, NOT RHETORIC

Hoyer Urges President to Fully Fund Veterans’ Programs

For Immediate Release:

August 27, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement in response to President Bush’s speech today to the American Legion in Chicago on military action in Iraq and veterans’ issues:

“Americans are praying for the safety of the hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women overseas.   Though they face violence and danger every day, they tirelessly devote themselves to defending America abroad, as did their predecessors.

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Democrats Put on Defensive by G.O.P.'s Israel Policy

For Immediate Release:

August 2, 2003

Contact:SHERYL GAY STOLBERG

The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 — In the battle for Jewish votes, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the House majority leader, undoubtedly scored a few points this week when, during a speech to members of the Israeli parliament, he proclaimed himself "an Israeli at heart."

Now it is the Democrats' turn.

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Hoyer Condemns Terrorist Attacks

"Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad, Jerusalem Demonstrate That Agents of Hate Must Be Fought"

For Immediate Release:

August 19, 2003

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD), who led a Congressional delegation of 28 House Democrats to Israel earlier this month and who met with both Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas during the eight-day trip, released the following statement this afternoon concerning the apparent homicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem as well as the truck bombing of United Nations headquarters in Baghdad:

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