Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
May 8, 2019
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on Iran:

“Iran continues to be a malign actor in its region and around the world, sowing instability in Syria and Yemen, positioning forces across Israel’s northern border, supporting violent terrorism, and threatening the United States and our allies.  That is why our approach to Iran historically has been one of careful and strategic actions designed to protect U.S. interests, promote stability in the region, and work with the international community to limit Iran’s ability to threaten others. In that vein, I continue to be deeply concerned by this Administration’s lack of any clear strategy with regard to Iran, particularly in the aftermath of its withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and its designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization.

“Now we are seeing the consequences of the Administration’s lack of strategy, with tensions escalating in recent days in direct response to recent Administration-directed actions.  Congress must be briefed in full on any new actions Iran has taken to threaten the United States or its allies, why escalating steps are being taken and what responses from Iran are anticipated, what new strategy is being implemented, and what goals it hopes to achieve.  Congress has a responsibility to the American people to ensure that our country is not again pushed into a military conflict without clear cause to risk the lives and safety of our service-members and our security.”