Earlier this month, I led an official bipartisan Congressional delegation trip to Sudan and the Darfur region that has been ravaged by genocide. I chose to go to Sudan in my first trip as Majority Leader because I felt it was important to see first hand the continuing humanitarian crisis in Darfur and explore possible responses to the crisis by the United States and the international community.
Upon returning, I launched a Sudan Webpage, with details of the trip, including a video message, photo albums, and information about how to get involved in the campaign to end the Darfur genocide. Click here to visit Hoyer's Sudan Webpage. And just this week, the House passed a resolution to step up the pressure on Sudan. More information, including a press release and video clip of my floor statement can be found below.
The Sudan resolution is just one of several important measures that the House has approved this month. Over the past couple of weeks we have voted to give residents of the District of Columbia a voting representative in the House, passed legislation to create more opportunities for small businesses, and made significant headway with our Innovation Agenda, which will work to ensure that America is prepared to compete in the 21st century global economy.
This week, the House also approved an Iraq supplemental spending bill that fully funds our troops, holds Iraqis accountable to benchmarks for success, and holds the President accountable for meeting his own military readiness standards. The bill also includes a responsible strategy for a phased redeployment of U.S. forces, and strengthens our efforts in fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
I am also pleased to announce that just days before Earth Day, the House passed long overdue legislation to authorize critical water resource projects in Maryland, including restoration efforts for the Chesapeake Bay and the Anacostia River Watershed. This news was well received at an Earth Day celebration I attended in Bladensburg with organizers and volunteers of the Anacostia River Earth Day Cleanup. See my Earth Day statement as well as a press release detailing the Maryland water projects approved by the House.
You will have the opportunity to hear a live report from me next Tuesday, May 1, from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. when I conduct my very first telephone town hall meeting. The town hallis intended to provide an additional forum for 5th district constituents to hear directly from me and to have an opportunity to communicate your thoughts, concerns, and questions about federal issues that are important to you. To participate in the call, dial 866-447-5149 and enter the pin number 12897.
For more news from my office, please continue reading below. As always, thank you for allowing me to share this update with you. If there is anything you wish to share with me or bring to my attention, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Steny H. Hoyer
Hoyer Calls on Arab League & World Community to Step Up Efforts to Stop Genocide in Darfur
On the House floor Wednesday, April 25, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer demanded immediate collective action to end the genocide and urged his colleagues to support a resolution calling on the League of Arab States to acknowledge the genocide in Darfur and to step up efforts to stop it.
Hoyer Announces Authorization of Important Maryland Waterway Restoration Projects
Congressman Steny H. Hoyer announced that programs and projects important to the environmental and economic health of Maryland and the 5th Congressional District were authorized in the House-passed version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007. Each of the programs listed below were included in the bill at Congressman Hoyer’s request.
Hoyer Announces 26th Annual Congressional Arts Competition; Invites High School Art Students to Participate Congressman Steny H. Hoyer encourages high school art students who reside in Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, which includes Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties, and parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties, to participate in the 26th Annual Congressional Arts Competition for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.