Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House considered two resolutions regarding U.S. involvement in Libya:
“I oppose both resolutions that were voted on in the House today. Despite the assertion in Speaker Boehner’s resolution, I believe the President has indeed articulated a rationale for action in Libya: to prevent the Gadhafi regime’s brutal attacks on Libyan civilians. Gadhafi vowed to go ‘door to door’ to kill those who opposed him, a threat that we could not stand by and allow to be carried out. That’s why I supported this mission. I said at the outset that our allies needed to take the leading role, and I was pleased when NATO did just that. I am concerned that sudden withdrawal would strengthen Gadhafi’s hand, undermine our NATO allies, and negatively impact other democratic transitions underway in the region.
“However, the President has an obligation to consult with Congress on the operation and to keep Congress fully informed of the situation on the ground. Providing the information requested in Speaker Boehner’s resolution within the time frame suggested is both appropriate and necessary. Clearly the support these resolutions received today demonstrates that Members of the House have not, to date, received sufficient information about U.S. efforts in Libya. I hope today’s votes will lead the Administration to provide that additional information.
“I look forward to bipartisan discussions with the Administration as we work together going forward to support the democratic aspirations of the people of the Middle East and act to defeat terrorists.”