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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.
November 15, 2012
Israel, like all sovereign nations, has a fundamental duty to its citizens to defend their lives and their property.  For years now, Israel has endured thousands of rocket attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip.  These attacks have targeted civilian areas throughout Southern Israel  - and today even reached as far north as the outskirts of Tel Aviv.  As long as this terrorist organization continues to avoid disarming, abiding by past agreements, or recognizing Israel’s right to exist, it will continue to be isolated by the international community and be the cause of further hardship for the Palestinian civilians who suffer at its hands. 
September 19, 2012
“The resolution passed by the House today honors the memory of the Americans who died in last week’s attack in Benghazi and reaffirms our bipartisan commitment to the dedicated civilians who serve America overseas.  It also demonstrates our continued support for Libya’s ongoing democratic transition.
September 19, 2012
“I was incredibly proud to witness today’s presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal – our nation’s highest civilian honor – to Burmese human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.  For a quarter century, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has served as a guiding light for those who yearn for democracy in Burma, and indeed for all who espouse the principles of human rights and non-violence around the world.  In the face of enduring hardships, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has demonstrated a strength of character and perseverance that is helping to inspire a new period of hope for greater political freedom in Burma.”
September 13, 2012
“We are reminded of the danger that our men and women, who are sent abroad to represent the United States of America, to promote democracy and freedom around the world, we know the danger to which they are exposed. The tragic death of Ambassador [Christopher] Stevens, [State Department official] Sean Smith and others in Libya point out how dangerous the daily lives are in these areas of the world. We express our deep sympathy. But I'm sure that every embassy in the world has been put on high alert, particularly in areas where we know there are violent proclivities but also around the world, to make sure our embassy personnel are on guard, Americans are on guard and we keep our people safe.”
September 12, 2012
"I was deeply saddened to learn this morning of the news from Libya of the tragic death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two other American personnel in an attack in Benghazi. Their families are in my prayers today. Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith were distinguished career diplomats who embodied the best of our Foreign Service and were instrumental in helping Libya’s democratic transition.
July 5, 2012
“I commend the Obama Administration for continuing to take a strong approach to enforcing trade rules in response to the unfair import duties China placed on American autos. When American products compete on a level playing field, we win – and our workers win. China is not playing by World Trade Organization rules, and today’s announcement is part of a continuing effort by the President and Congressional Democrats to ensure a level playing field for American workers and manufacturers.
May 9, 2012
Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I thank my friend for yielding. I have known Mr. Berman for almost half a century. He has been an extraordinary leader, as a young person, as Chairman of this committee, as Ranking Member on this committee. And I want to thank him for his leadership on this issue. He has been instrumental. I want to thank my dear friend in whose district I used to live so many years ago, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, thank her for her leadership and her commitment. She's been a stalwart.
May 1, 2012
"Our men and women in uniform continue to carry out their mission in Afghanistan with distinction and courage.  Because of their service and sacrifice, Al Qaeda and the Taliban are seriously weakened and on the run, and the Afghan people have been able to take significant steps toward assuming control over their own security...
March 30, 2012
Today the President determined that sanctions can be brought against foreign financial institutions conducting business with Iran’s petroleum sector, which will increase the pressure on Iran’s leaders to abandon their nuclear weapons program.  As the President stated earlier this month, we do not have a containment policy with regard to Iran; rather, our aim is prevention, and every option remains on the table.  I agree with this principle, and I applaud the President for his continued leadership as he works closely with our allies to prevent a nuclear Iran.  The violent rhetoric against Israel by its leaders, the continued suppression of its people’s basic freedoms, and the support it provides for terrorist groups around the world and at Israel’s doorstep make it unacceptable for Iran to be allowed to reach such a capability.
March 5, 2012
“This bill reflects the immutable and enduring bond between our two nations,” Whip Hoyer said.  “It is a bond that reflects the shared values of our people and our shared interests in preserving stability in the Middle East.  The threat from Iran’s nuclear ambitions is real and demands serious, cooperative effort by both the United States and Israel.  I am proud to put forward this legislation along with Majority Leader Cantor, and I am hopeful it will pass with strong support from across party lines.  It is a reminder that support for Israel is not and should never be a partisan issue.” 
December 13, 2011
Last month, the IAEA released a report on Iran’s covert nuclear program that was greatly troubling. Not only is Iran continuing to enrich uranium, but they are also believed to be pursuing the development of delivery technologies to create a warhead that could threaten Israel and our allies in Europe and the Persian Gulf – and of course the many Americans serving and living in the region.
October 21, 2011
Today's announcement by the President to withdraw remaining U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of the year is consistent with his past statements and abides by the timeline established in the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement written by the Bush Administration and Prime Minister Maliki's government. Our troops have carried out their mission with dedication and have made great sacrifices in order to help advance a stable Iraq. Today, as we begin the transition to a new relationship with Iraq, we honor the more than 4,000 servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq, and we redouble our commitment to those who have returned home. I hope as we move forward that the Iraqi government will succeed in confronting the challenges of remaining democratic, representative, and free; succeed in providing for the security of the Iraqi people; and succeed as a model democracy in a region undergoing many critical transitions.
October 20, 2011
The death of Moammar Gadhafi marks a new beginning for the Libyan people and an end to a dictator responsible for the loss of many American lives. I hope today’s developments signal a return to peace in Libya, and I join in encouraging the Transitional National Council to continue working with the international community to build free institutions and provide for the safety and well-being of its people...
October 18, 2011
For over five years, the family of Gilad Shalit and the people of Israel have waited anxiously for word that he is coming home. Today, after what has surely been a horrific and terrifying ordeal for Gilad and his loved ones, the wait is finally over.
September 15, 2011
"We share with our friends and allies a determination to see this conflict ended peacefully," Hoyer said. "Voting together to oppose unilateral steps that set peace back would strongly reaffirm our common commitment to this shared goal and to the longstanding principle enshrined in the Oslo Accords that both parties ought to reach a solution through direct negotiations. Quite fundamentally, it would be an expression of our common values."
August 18, 2011
I want to express my deepest condolences to the families of those lost today in the vicious terror attacks in Southern Israel. Today’s coordinated attacks are a stark reminder of the danger Israelis face on a daily basis. America stands by Israel in the wake of these attacks, and we must do all we can to prevent such attacks from happening again.
August 5, 2011
I look forward to returning to Israel to continue learning first-hand about the evolving security situation in the Middle East, the deep challenges facing Israel, and the role the United States can play in the region during this time of uncertainty,” said Hoyer. “I'm pleased Members of Congress have this opportunity to study American interests in the Middle East and gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in increasing stability in the region.