Floor Statements

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December 9, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my deep concern about the ongoing situation in South Sudan. 
July 17, 2014
Mr. Speaker, I rise in solidarity with our good ally and friend Israel as it defends its people from Hamas' deadly rockets.
April 8, 2014
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Never again. We intone those words: never again. We intone those words because we have seen horror and felt guilt that it happened on our watch. And so we say never again.
March 27, 2014
"I thank my friend, the Ranking Member, Mr. Engel from New York, and I thank Mr. Royce, the Chairman of the Committee, for bringing this bill to the Floor and working in a bipartisan fashion to affect an objective that I strongly support. I thank both of them for their work.
March 11, 2014
“I want to congratulate Chairman Royce for bringing this bill to the Floor, Ranking Member Engel, and my good friend from Massachusetts [Rep. Bill Keating] for his leadership on this issue.
March 6, 2014
“I thank the Gentlelady for yielding. I want to thank Chairman Rogers and Ranking Member Lowey for bringing this bill to the Floor in a very timely fashion.
February 28, 2014
“Mr. Speaker, I want to thank my colleague, the Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, for his taking the time here to discuss two critical problems that confront us. First of all, the crisis that is ongoing in Ukraine and the negotiations that are currently underway with Iran.
July 31, 2013
“I thank the Gentleman for yielding. And I rise in support of this legislation. But [I] also thank my friend, Keith Ellison, for his perspective on this, and I want to speak to that, as well. I want to thank Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel for their leadership on this bill.
November 29, 2012
We are deeply disappointed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' decision to seek symbolic non-member observer status through the General Assembly of the United Nations.   We have long believed the only way to achieve a two-state solution is through direct negotiations leading to a peace treaty fully accepted by both governments and both peoples.   We are concerned that today’s unilateral action by President Abbas represents a repudiation of the Oslo Accords and a setback for the peace process.  To be clear, non-member observer status puts the Palestinian people no closer to achieving statehood, and may in fact set back this goal by inflaming tensions and making already difficult negotiations even harder.
November 16, 2012
“Mr. Speaker, I join my colleagues today from both sides of the aisle to stand with the people of Israel in support of their sovereign right to defend themselves against Hamas terror.
August 1, 2012
“First I want to rise and thank Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for her continuing leadership and focus on this important issue, as she does on so many other issues as well.
May 15, 2012
I thank the gentleman from California for yielding and for his leadership on this issue.  Rep. Howard Berman has been the leader in Congress when it comes to reminding us how important it is to prevent the rise of a nuclear Iran. He has been instrumental in securing funding for the deployment of the 'Iron Dome' anti-missile system to counter the threat from Iranian-supplied short-range rockets in the hands of terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah.
July 7, 2011
Last month, the House voted against defunding the American military mission in Libya. That was the right decision, and it still is: along with our NATO allies, we intervened in Libya in response to Moammar Gadhafi’s violent repression of his own people, and the explicit promise of worse to come. It's also important to remember that Gadhafi has more American blood on his hands than anyone other than Osama bin Laden. And we must remember that we intervened in response to calls from the Arab League, the United Nations, the European Union, and a unanimous NATO.
July 6, 2011
I believe that there is only one lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a future of two states for two peoples, living in security and peace with one another. Such a solution is in the best interests of regional peace, and in the best interests of both parties to the conflict. That is why I strongly believe that ensuring the long term viability of the Jewish, democratic state of Israel also requires supporting a homeland for the Palestinian people.
June 24, 2011
In recent months, people across the Middle East have bravely stood to demand that their governments respect their fundamental rights. The Libyan people, who have been subject to the dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi for more than four decades, were among those who insisted that enough was enough. Gadhafi responded by unleashing widespread violence and threatening countless lives—publicly promising to go ‘door to door’ to kill those who stood against him.
December 15, 2009
Every Member in this chamber understands the deep danger inherent in a nuclear Iran.
November 4, 2009
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer spoke at a Helsinki Commission event this morning marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
November 3, 2009
I rise to voice my objection to the unbalanced and inaccurate Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, otherwise known as the Goldstone Report.
January 9, 2009
Today this House stands united in support of Israel as it faces enemies bent on its destruction.
December 4, 2008
Some awards mark a job well done. This one marks a responsibility that endures: our responsibility to an ally and a friend, a partner for peace and a fellow democracy, the State of Israel; our responsibility to stand by Israel and the Jewish people in a world where friends so often seem outnumbered by threats.
November 13, 2007
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) this morning to release a report by the Joint Economic Committee on the real costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
October 20, 2006
Staying the course’ is not a strategy, nor is sitting on the sidelines hoping that the Iraqis will eventually forge a political solution...
October 20, 2006
We write out of a deep sense of concern that the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate and that there is no effective plan for improvement...
October 17, 2006
If anything, the Military Commissions Act is not tough enough on terrorists because there is no certainty the act will withstand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court...
July 20, 2006
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) made the following remarks yesterday on the House floor in favor of the bipartisan House resolution condemning the recent terrorist attacks against Israel and supporting Israel's right of self-defense. The measure will be voted on today in the House.