Republican Outrages

Whip Hoyer Speaks on the Floor on the Partisan GOP Continuing Resolution

...Why is this a viable piece of legislation on the floor? Because you think you can hold the government ransom for an additional $12 billion?...

Whip Hoyer Debates Majority Leader Cantor on Government Shutdown

...shutting down the government was not a process that was useful for our economy, for jobs, for our people, or for the services th are expected of us. what is useful is for us to rationally provide a context in which negotiations which quite obviously have not yet been completed are completed...

Hoyer on the Floor Highlighting GOP Hypocrisy on the CR and the 2012 GOP Budget

...budgets are not simply about dollars and cents. They are about values and priorities. And the debate over spending has revealed the Republican priorities. First, Republicans passed a spending plan for the remainder of the fiscal year that would cripple America's ability to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build its competitors...

Whip Hoyer on CNBC Discussing the CR Negotiations and the 2012 GOP Budget Proposal

...There's so many Republicans taking the position that you either take what we passed, we'll not compromise, or we're going to shut down the government. That won't work...

Hoyer Floor Statement on GOP’s Deem and Pass Bill

“April fool's, America. This is a joke, America. This is not real, America. As a matter of fact, Mr. Wooddall of Georgia says it's not real; it's not going to pass the Senate. He made that very clear. The Majority Leader just said if the Senate won't take what we give them we're going to shut down the government. That's what he just said. And that's what I believe to be the case...

Hoyer: It’s Time to Find Common Ground and Prevent A Government Shutdown

“In 1998, as a Republican Congress was struggling to compromise with a Democratic president on a budget bill, a Member of the House rose to speak to what he called ‘the Perfectionist Caucus’—those Members who stood against compromise under any circumstances. Here’s what he said: ‘Now, my fine friends who are perfectionists, each in their own world, where they are petty dictators, could write a perfect bill…

Hoyer: Closing Tax Loopholes Must Be Part of the Answer to Budget Challenges

"Last week, former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said this about the hard work of getting America out of debt: 'The belief of some on the right that America can balance the budget by cutting education, infrastructure, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and home heating assistance to the poor is tantamount to budgetary witchcraft.'

Hoyer Discussing Budget Negotiations with Cantor During Weekly Colloquy

...so what i am saying to my friend very sincerely is he can preach all he wants is we need to cut spending. We agree with that. And the issue is where do you cut it from, what impact does it have, does it sustain the economy or does it deflate the economy? Does it create jobs or does it lose jobs? Does it help people who need help or does it abandon people who need help? That's the issue...

Leader Hoyer on MSNBC's Hardball Discussing the 9/11 Health Bill and Don't Ask Don't Tell

I think we had a lot of very important things that we wanted to get done and what the election did was it took away the high motivation for obstructionism that I think existed prior to the election. As a result, we were able to sit down at the table and agree on some things and move forward. The 9/11 bill, as you know, just got 70% of the votes that were cast...

Hoyer Floor Statement on Tax Package

...this bill, the President of the United States believes, and I believe, will have a positive effect on the economy and I think we need that. And unlike some of my colleagues whose views I share but have reached a different conclusion, I will vote for this bill. I don't want to see middle income working people in America get a tax increase...