House and Senate Democrats Unveil National Security Agenda - Southern Maryland Headline News

House and Senate Democrats Unveil National Security Agenda

Hoyer: Democrats Will Use the Full Range of Our National Power to Strengthen America's Security and Protect Our People

WASHINGTON, DC -Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD) joined House and Senate Democrats on March 29th in unveiling their 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. The latter document, "Ensuring America's Strength and Security: A Democratic National Security Strategy for the 21st Century," is available for download at

"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," Hoyer said. "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."

Throughout his career, Hoyer has been a champion of deploying all of the assets necessary to protect the people of Maryland and the nation.

"This national security plan seeks to counteract the Administration's failure to make our nation as safe as it can be," Hoyer said. "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. These vulnerabilities have been exacerbated by our increasing dependence on foreign oil and the President's refusal to fully enact the 9-11 commission's recommendations."

Hoyer has also been an outspoken critic of the President's homeland security budget for failing to fully fund programs that assist Maryland's local law enforcement and fire departments.

"At a time when our first responders are critical to homeland security, it doesn't make sense to cut back on these valuable resources," Hoyer said. "I will continue to fight for greater support of our state's domestic defenders."

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