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March 23, 2011Press Item
My thoughts are with all those injured or killed in today’s bombing in Jerusalem. In the wake of this terrorist act, it is vital to reassert our commitment to the security of our ally Israel, as well as our condemnation of those who attack civilians and those who inspire such attacks by inciting hatred against Israel. As Israelis face cowardly attacks like today’s, as well as an ongoing barrage of rockets from Gaza, Americans must stand united behind Israel’s right to defend itself, and the right of civilians everywhere to live in peace.
March 18, 2011Press Item
I am pleased the UN Security Council has taken action in the face of broad and lethal attacks on civilians by Gadhafi. The UN has rightfully authorized international action to preclude further bloodshed, and the Arab League has also called for action in light of Gadhafi’s threats and actions. The President has indicated that the U.S. will assist international efforts to protect civilians and end the violence. I support this action and have urged the Administration to take a supportive role in this effort. I firmly believe that our European allies and the members of the Arab League must take the leading role.
March 1, 2011Press Item
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, established by President John F. Kennedy to foster international cooperation and provide life-changing service opportunities to generations of Americans. Since its founding, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps, promoting goodwill by addressing global needs and providing technical assistance to 139 countries throughout the world. Thanks to the hard work and service of its volunteers, more developing countries have the skilled workers needed to build and staff schools, strengthen public health, promote business development, increase access to clean water, and assist with other critical services.
February 18, 2011Press Item
We are pleased that the Obama Administration vetoed the anti-Israel resolution before the UN Security Council today. Moving forward, we must continue to make it clear that peace cannot be imposed; it must be negotiated directly between Israelis and Palestinians. It is high time that the Palestinians return to the negotiating table, rather than skirt the peace process by bringing biased, unproductive resolutions to the United Nations.  
February 15, 2011Press Item
We’re here today to recognize an historic moment for the people of Southern Sudan. Last week, we learned the results of the independence referendum in Southern Sudan, which showed that an overwhelming majority voted to secede from the north.
February 11, 2011Press Item
Today, the world witnessed a remarkable display of the power of ordinary people peacefully assembling to demand change. The resignation of Egypt’s President Mubarak is an inspiring and well-deserved victory for the protesters who have stood against his government. But Egypt’s future is still uncertain: the goal of a secular, democratically-elected civilian government, which keeps peace with its neighbors and meets its treaty obligations, will still take hard work and perhaps quite some time to realize in full. From my service as Chair of the Helsinki Commission at the end of the Cold War, I understand that the transition to democracy is an arduous process for any nation. That’s certainly true for Egypt, as well: its people’s work to shape their future is beginning today, not ending.
February 7, 2011Press Item
Today, the results of Southern Sudan’s secession referendum were released: they show that the people of Southern Sudan have overwhelmingly voted to secede from the north. This referendum marks an historic moment: it is an opportunity for the people of Sudan, both north and south, to put to rest the legacy of Africa’s bloodiest civil war. An independent Southern Sudan means the possibility of peace and security for its people; for those who have suffered from decades of civil strife, today is a day of great hope. I am grateful to those in Sudan, the international community, the Obama Administration, and the humanitarian community who helped make this vote possible.
January 25, 2011Press Item
President Obama delivered a compelling vision of how we can work together to address America’s challenges. While our economy is on the road back to health, we know we still have a long way to go—and tonight, the president discussed a strategy for getting us there.
January 11, 2011Press Item
When China’s president, Hu Jintao, visits here next week, the exchange rate between Chinese and American currency will inevitably become a big topic of conversation.
January 12, 2011Press Item
A year ago today, our neighbor Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and left many more homeless. As we mark this sad anniversary, our thoughts are with the victims and all those still struggling to recover and rebuild. Today is a day to take stock of those recovery efforts, which are still far from finished.
December 18, 2010Press Item
"Today marks the end of the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, with the Defense Department now empowered to implement its repeal. I have long called for the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and I am proud to have fought to end it, from writing the compromise language that passed the House in May, to serving as the original co-sponsor of Rep. Patrick Murphy's stand alone legislation that passed the House this past week...
December 5, 2010Press Item
A month ahead of a heated referendum that could split an African nation, leaders of the Sudan Caucus are urging President Obama to pull out all the stops in guarding against that country's secession vote erupting into new mass killings.
November 30, 2010Press Item
“Tomorrow, the House will take up the Help HAITI Act. This important legislation will help Haitian orphans become permanent residents of the United States in the wake of the tragic earthquake earlier this year..
October 8, 2010Press Item
“I want to thank General Jones for his service to his country as National Security Advisor.  General Jones is a good friend who I have known and respected for years...
October 15, 2010Press Item
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced that the U.S. is investigating China for its policies and practices affecting trade and investment in clean energy technologies in response to a petition filed by the United Steelworkers:
September 23, 2010Press Item
Today Republicans unveiled their agenda calling for the exact same failed policies of the past. The national security agenda presented, once again, does not focus on the real fight against terrorism and the places that give them sanctuary and put our nation at risk.
August 6, 2010Press Item
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) led a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to Haiti today, Friday, August 6th. Joining him were Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), Congressman David Price (D-NC), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL).
June 28, 2010Press Item
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks this morning on Democrats’ record on national security and a comprehensive security strategy that uses all of our tools to keep Americans safe at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies:
April 8, 2010Press Item
Today, President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new START Treaty.
February 25, 2010Press Item
Throughout the past year, many Congressional Republicans have attempted to use the politics of fear to score political points rather than focus on increasing our nation’s security.
December 18, 2009Press Item
The agreement President Obama announced this evening - including transparency measures, a mitigation target of two degree Celsius and a financing mechanism - is an important step forward that lays a key marker both in the global fight against climate change and in U.S. participation in such efforts.
December 15, 2009Press Item
Every Member in this chamber understands the deep danger inherent in a nuclear Iran.