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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House and Senate Democrats held a joint press conference unveiling a national security agenda, “Real Security: The Democratic Plan to Protect America and Restore Our Leadership in the World.” Many of the policy proposals in that document are included in a similar national security strategy released last September by Hoyer and other House Democrats, including Reps. Ike Skelton, Jane Harman, John Spratt and Ellen Tauscher. The latter document, “Ensuring America’s Strength and Security: A Democratic National Security Strategy for the 21st Century,” is available at www.democraticwhip.house.gov.
“The national security plan that House and Senate Democrats are releasing today is a vital contribution to the ongoing debate on this preeminent national issue. This plan conclusively demonstrates to the American people that Democrats are intensely focused on national security, and that we will use the full range of our national power to protect our people and our homeland.
“For years, our political opponents have sought to portray the Democratic Party as somehow weak on national security issues. However, the release of this plan – with its emphasis on robust, pro-active proposals – proves otherwise.
“Furthermore, this Democratic national security plan simply highlights the Republican Party’s failure to make our nation as safe as it can be. The fact is, nearly five years after the devastating attacks of September 11, our nation’s ports, railways, and chemical and nuclear plants remain vulnerable to attack. We have still not implemented the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. We have still not secured loose nuclear materials. We have still not taken the steps needed to wean our nation from its dependence on foreign oil. And, the incompetence and misjudgements of our civilian leaders have hampered our ability to accomplish our objectives in Iraq.
“The Republican Party’s failures on national security are manifest and ought to deeply concern every American. Democrats have every intention of engaging our Republican colleagues on this critical issue, and offering voters a clear distinction with smart but tough proposals.”