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WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered the following remarks today at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus's press conference on House Republicans' partisan border supplemental bill. Below is a transcript to his remarks and a link to the video:
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“Thank you very much, Leader [Pelosi]. I am honored to stand here with Mr. Hinojosa and the Hispanic Caucus. But let me make it very clear: the Hispanic Caucus speaks for all of us, not just for their Caucus Members but for the Democratic Caucus and for millions and millions and millions of Americans who see America as a welcoming, compassionate, humanitarian, fair country.
“There is a need that exists now. Everyone recognizes that the need exists now for resources to ensure that we treat not just children, but all people, in a humanitarian fashion. It is unfortunate, therefore, that Republicans are playing partisan games with a bill that has no chance of passing the Senate or being signed into law. In other words, it is simply a message they want to send, not a solution they want to effect.
“Instead of reaching across the aisle as the [Democratic] Leader has said – and she has reached across to them, as I have done, to see what could pass in a bipartisan way – they continue to move even further and further from the mainstream. We could work together to provide the resources to respond to a crisis and secure the border, and then, as the Majority Leader said in an op-ed today, we could pursue the regular order and consider legislation, debate it, and have it vetted by the American people.
“The Republicans are racing to the right, putting forward the harshest and most draconian policies they can think of. This crisis demands an immediate response, and it is also a stark reminder of why we need a long term solution to our immigration challenge.
“We ought to be passing comprehensive immigration reform – now. Speaker Boehner should allow the House to work its will on both the bipartisan response to the crisis at the border and the comprehensive immigration reform. I am honored to join my Hispanic Caucus Members in making that case to the American people and articulating the values that have made America the good and great country that it is.”