Press Releases

Currently showing only: Foreign Affairs
September 10, 2013
“Thank you very much, Leader. I join the Leader in supporting the President’s posture. I believe that the President is right to suggest the use of military force in order to prevent, constrain, prohibit the use of chemical weapons which for over 100 years has been perceived by the international community at large as unacceptable to be used in any form of warfare.  I am for giving the President the authority and will vote to do so in an appropriate resolution.
September 4, 2013
Today’s vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was an important first step to give the President the authority he needs to take decisive action to deter the Assad regime from further use of chemical weapons and degrade its capacity to do so.  
September 3, 2013
“I support the President’s call for authorizing limited but decisive military action in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in Syria.  While recognizing that the details of the authorization language have yet to be finalized, the use of chemical weapons, including against innocent children, is intolerable and cannot go unanswered. 
August 31, 2013
"President Obama has carefully weighed the case for taking action along with our international partners to respond forcefully to the Syrian regime's deadly and nefarious use of chemical weapons. Now it is time for Congress, as the representatives of the American people, to do the same. 
August 29, 2013
I continue to be deeply concerned about the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people – action which demands outrage from the international community and cannot be tolerated.
August 27, 2013
The repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people is an appalling and blatant violation of international laws and abuse of human rights that cannot be tolerated and must be condemned.
August 2, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) will serve as the senior Member of a group of 37 House Democrats visiting Israel and the West Bank from August 5th to 11th to learn more about issues critical to the U.S.-Israel relationship and international security.
July 26, 2013
“Sixty years ago tomorrow, fighting on the Korean peninsula ended with an armistice that brought to a close a brief but poignant chapter in our history in which American troops and our allies once again stood in defense of democracy and freedom.
July 18, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and leaders from both the House and Senate this morning at a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
June 5, 2013
“I am pleased that President Obama will appoint Susan Rice as his next National Security Advisor. 
June 4, 2013
"We are deeply disappointed by today’s verdict at the Cairo Criminal Court, which represents just the latest assault by the Egyptian government on civil society.
May 17, 2013
House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and senior House Democrats have sent letters to nine separate U.S. retailers calling upon them to join a broadening global coalition supporting a May 12 Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, developed by the Worker Rights Consortium and a number of key stakeholders.
May 16, 2013
In wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse, which killed more than 1,100 people, House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) signed onto a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strongly urging the Bangladeshi authorities to join in a comprehensive, concrete, and coordinated plan to ensure workers' rights and safety in Bangladesh.
May 2, 2013
“In selecting Penny Pritzker as his nominee to be our next Secretary of Commerce, President Obama has tapped a talented and experienced individual who is committed to making sure U.S. businesses can compete and succeed in the global marketplace.
April 24, 2013
“I join in remembering the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian genocide, which began on this day 98 years ago with the persecution of political leaders, clergy, journalists, and other leading figures in Armenian society.
April 16, 2013
“Today, on the sixty-fifth anniversary of the modern State of Israel’s founding, I join in celebrating the achievements of an extraordinary people who daily prove to the world the power of freedom and democracy to triumph in the face of great adversity.
April 10, 2013
"Thank you so much. I am humbled and honored by this award.  Few awards are as meaningful as for work done to protect our children and expand the opportunities they deserve to succeed in life.
April 8, 2013
"I join in mourning the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher and in celebrating her historic role as the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
March 7, 2013
“I think the senators that went obviously wanted to talk to the President about whether or not they could reach common ground on a lot of very important issues including most importantly a compromise that we could get this country on a fiscally sustainable path and have what we call a big deal
February 28, 2013
Today, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer joined a global coalition of 98 politicians from the United States, United Kingdom and Australia calling for urgent action to address the humanitarian crisis in the Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan. Mr. Hoyer signed the letter addressed to the coalition’s respective Foreign Ministers urging them to lead the UN Security Council to action on Sudan at this critical moment.
December 21, 2012
John Kerry has served his country throughout his life, from Vietnam to the United States Senate, and now as our next Secretary of State.  He will bring his experience and knowledge from his time as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to his new role, and I look forward to his swift confirmation. 
December 6, 2012
Today, the Senate ensured that U.S. companies will have better access to the Russian market when it passed H.R. 6156 by a strong, bipartisan vote of 92-4.  By granting Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia, Congress has provided the President the tools needed to ensure Russia follows World Trade Organization rules and the market access commitments it has made.  This will help create a level playing field for American businesses and workers seeking to export to the growing Russian market.  In addition, this bill provides for tougher sanctions against those officials responsible for violating human rights and basic freedoms, including those involved in the tragic death of Sergei Magnitsky.  I look forward to seeing President Obama sign this bill into law and take the steps it makes available to enforce fair trade rules that benefit American businesses and the jobs they create.
December 4, 2012
I am extremely disappointed that Senate Republicans blocked ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today. Its ratification would enable the United States to play a leading role in helping other nations set policies that expand opportunities for their own citizens with disabilities. Modeled after the bipartisan Americans with Disabilities Act signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities represents a major step forward for individuals throughout the world living with disabilities and hoping for increased accessibility, equal opportunity, and greater independence. I was proud to have worked with former Rep. Tony Coelho and others, including former Republican Sen. Majority Leader Bob Dole, to pass the original Americans with Disabilities Act, and I strongly urge Senate Republicans to reconsider today’s vote and allow this treaty’s ratification.
November 30, 2012
Tomorrow, on World AIDS Day, we renew our commitment to fighting this terrible disease and helping to improve the lives of those millions affected by HIV-AIDS worldwide.  Together, the United States and other nations have made great advances in treating HIV-AIDS and raising awareness about how to prevent infection.  Our commitment to research and the discovery of advances has not waned, and we must not rest until HIV-AIDS no longer threatens communities here in America and around the world.                                                      
November 16, 2012
“With the passage of this bill, American exporters will have greater access to Russian markets, and the United States will be better positioned to enforce trade rules through the World Trade Organization and safeguard a level playing field for our businesses overseas.  This will contribute to job creation and new opportunities for our workers here at home.  At the same time, it reaffirms America’s commitment to human rights and individual freedom in Russia and throughout the world.