Human and Civil Rights

US House Condemns Abuse Of Iraqi Prisoners By Troops

For Immediate Release:

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.

U.S. House Deplores Mistreatment of Prisoners

For Immediate Release:

May 4, 2004

Contact:Thomas Ferraro

Reuters

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

Contact:PHILIP DINE

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."

HOYER STATEMENT ON COURT’S ADA DECISION IN TENNESSEE V. LANE

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, the lead House sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision today in Tennessee v. Lane:

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HOYER ON REPUBLICAN ATTEMPTS TO WEAKEN WORKER SAFETY REGULATIONS

For Immediate Release:

May 18, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today regarding the four Republican bills being debated on the Floor today that would weaken worker safety regulations:

“The American worker has not fared well under the Bush White House. 

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Brown v. Board of Education at 50:

Hoyer Lauds Landmark Decision, But Says Continuing Inequities Demand Action

For Immediate Release:

May 17, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision made on May 17, 1954:

"Today, we commemorate a landmark Supreme Court decision that not only leveled the playing field in the American education system, but also permitted our nation to move much closer to achieving the full measure of its greatness.

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HOYER STATEMENT ON ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION TRANSPORTATION-TREASURY HEARING

For Immediate Release:

May 12, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement at the House Transportation-Treasury Committee Hearing with the Election Assistance Commission (EAC):

“As the lead House Democratic sponsor of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which established the Election Assistance Commission, I am pleased the House Transportation, Treasury Appropriations subcommittee is holding today's hearing regarding the new Election Assistance Commission. 

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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
202-225-3130

"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.

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HOYER: THE HOUSE IS NOT FULFILLING ITS DUTY

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

For Immediate Release:

May 11, 2004

Contact:Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

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.

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HOYER ON HOUSE RESOLUTION REGARDING ABUSES OF IRAQI PRISONERS:

“An Outrage That Demands Full Accountability”

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2004

Contact:Rep. Steny Hoyer
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following statement today on the House Floor regarding the Resolution condemning the treatment of Iraqi detainees:

“Mr. Speaker, the fact that we are on this floor today considering a Resolution condemning outrageous conduct by American soldiers against defenseless Iraqi detainees is an unmitigated and shameful embarrassment for this nation.

“This abuse – which is as criminal as it is un-American – demands full accountability!

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