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March 18, 2011
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, 2011
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 11, 2011
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, 2011
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, 2011
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 12, 2011
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, 2010
"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...
November 30, 2010
“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 15, 2010
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:
October 8, 2010
“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...
August 6, 2010
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).
December 18, 2009
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.
November 28, 2009
I applaud Prime Minister Netanyahu's announcement of Israeli plans to suspend new settlement construction in the West Bank.
November 10, 2009
I am pleased that the Obama Administration is continuing to focus on the dire situation in Sudan.
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.
April 24, 2009
I am honored to accept this award, as the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress continue our efforts to strengthen the United States’ bond with Israel.
March 27, 2009
I applaud the Obama Administration for taking its time to develop a comprehensive strategy for the Afghanistan/Pakistan region.
February 17, 2009
President Obama’s announcement that he will send troop reinforcements to Afghanistan is the first step toward refocusing on the security and stabilization of that nation.
January 23, 2009
Today, President Obama signed an executive order repealing the ‘global gag rule,’ a policy that banned American funds for overseas family planning organizations that perform abortions or conduct abortion counseling.
December 29, 2008
Israel is acting in clear self-defense in response to heinous rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza.
December 10, 2008
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and 10 Members of Congress sent a bipartisan White Paper on Darfur to President-elect Obama today. This group traveled to Sudan in April 2007.
August 12, 2008
The bipartisan leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives stands united in condemning – in the strongest possible terms – the recent Russian invasion of the sovereign state of Georgia.
July 24, 2008
Five years ago, the United States made an unprecedented commitment to the people of the world who suffer from HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
May 23, 2008
“As we observe the Memorial Day holiday, let us be reminded of the simple, yet apt words of Elmer Davis, Director of the U.S. Office of War Information during WWII: ‘This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.’...
April 16, 2008
Last November, I joined Majority Leader Reid, Senator Schumer, and Congresswoman Maloney as the JEC released a report about the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the American economy.