Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the fiscal cliff on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" this afternoon. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“I think President Obama has made it very clear that he has been willing to move. He has moved both on revenues and on cuts and spending. But he has not met with any kind of positive response to this point in time. I think Speaker [John] Boehner wants to get a deal. Whatever happened last night it did not eliminate the risk that the cliff causes our economy, and our people. It's incumbent upon us, therefore, to continue to work towards a solution and to reach a solution prior to the end of the year.”
“Both Leader [Nancy] Pelosi and I, on behalf of the Democrats in the House, said if the President and Speaker Boehner reach an agreement, that we will do everything we can to make sure that that agreement has the votes in the House of Representatives to pass. And both Leader Pelosi and I believe that it's important for us to do so for the country, for the economy and for the American working people who are going to face a tax increase on January 1st if we don't get to an agreement.”