Statement ● Foreign Affairs
For Immediate Release: 
April 4, 2019
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the Floor today in opposition to House Republicans’ Motion to Recommit that would kill a resolution ending U.S. support for intervention in Yemen’s civil war, which has deepened the humanitarian crisis. The motion was defeated. Below is a link to the video and a transcript of his remarks:
 
Click here to watch the full remarks.

“Mr. Speaker, I take no back seat to my support for Israel for half a century. I rise in opposition to this cynical, political ploy.

“Ladies and gentlemen of the House, we are about to vote on a resolution concerning U.S. involvement in the conflict in Yemen and how to promote an end to a humanitarian crisis in a country that threatens the lives of 22 million people. They are hungry; they are displaced; they are scarred by war and violence. This resolution is about them and about what we as a nation can do to put a stop to that conflict.

“The gentleman is incorrect. The gentleman did not tell us the truth. This kills this resolution. 

“In an effort to prevent Congress from taking action on such an important issue, however, House Republicans are trying to make this a vote about something else, and in doing so, they risk undermining the long history of bipartisan consensus supporting our ally, Israel.

“How shameful. How sad. The American people will not be fooled or misled by this tactic. Our fellow supporters of Israel will not be fooled.

"No one can accuse me of failing to defend the U.S.- Israel partnership and strongly opposing BDS, and I will be voting against this motion, and I urge all my colleagues to do so as well. I urge every single one of you to do so, and I urge every Republican who believes that using Israel as a partisan cudgel is dangerous, cynical, and harmful to Israel to join me in voting against this motion.

“Mr. Speaker, none of the major organizations supporting Israel have any illusions what this motion seeks to do. Its intention is not to unite, but to divide. Its intention is not to support our ally, but to sabotage a resolution about the conflict in Yemen.

“The vote on this motion is a vote to kill this bill through a cynical and dishonest tactic. So, let's move past this charade of a motion. Let's stop playing games with this very important and serious issue in support of Israel. Reject ‘gotcha’ politics.

“Let me be clear: for as long as I am Majority Leader, House Democrats will never waver in our party's steadfast support for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Vote no.”