WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) testified today at Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher’s Senate confirmation hearing on her nomination to be Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“Thank you for offering me the opportunity to speak on behalf of Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher. I am here to testify on behalf of her outstanding character, integrity, and ability to take on a demanding and essential job as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security. Most of all, I am here to vouch for a good friend.
“I have known Congresswoman Tauscher since she ran for the House in 1996. During her service for over a decade in the House, she has always impressed me with her grasp of the issues, her commitment to making America better, her pragmatism, and her skill at building consensus. I am not the only one whom Ellen impressed—in a Congress that is too often polarized along partisan lines, Congresswoman Tauscher has won friends and respect on both sides of the aisle. Her temperament makes her well suited to a position at the State Department, where I am sure that her diplomatic talents will be an ideal fit for the challenging work she has ahead of her.
“Congresswoman Tauscher will also bring a wealth of substantive experience to the State Department. She has served for years as a high-ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and has carved out a place as one of Congress’s most trusted voices on counterproliferation efforts. She has traveled to the Middle East six times, has frequently attended the international Munich Security Conference and has helped lead the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation’s Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign. As Chair of the House New Democrat Coalition, she has often spoken for centrist Democrats on pressing issues of national security. In my view, Congresswoman Tauscher is eminently qualified to serve as Undersecretary.
“The House will miss her unique set of skills and experience—and I will miss a dear friend. But Secretary Clinton’s team, and our Nation’s security, will be better off for all of the contributions that Congresswoman Tauscher will make in the years to come. I urge her speedy confirmation.”