Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the House Republican budget on MSNBC this moring. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“I think the American people want us to adopt a common-sense path forward and get us to fiscal sustainability. They understand that we haven't been managing the finances of the country the way we ought to be. We're in debt, but they also know that we need to invest in growing the economy, they’re focused on jobs. We think the Democratic alternatives, both that Senator Murray is offering in the Senate, that [Congressman] Chris Van Hollen is offering in the House, do exactly that, while the Republican Budget offered by Mr. Ryan in the House will have a devastating effect, not only on average working Americans, but on job creation in this country. We don't think it's a real budget. We think that the consequences of the policies that are included in that budget would be very devastating to the country and to middle class families and the working people in America.”
“We should substitute- as both the Murray Budget does and the Van Hollen Budget does - substitute for the sequester, not adopt the sequester numbers. Sequester as I say starts with ‘s’, which stands for stupid. It's an irrational way to reduce government [spending], we need to reduce spending. We need to raise some additional revenues and balance our budget. But the sequester is a dumb way to do it. It's unfortunate that we went forward with it.”
"I'm also hopeful that we will come to our senses and adopt a rational, responsible budget for the coming year. The Ryan Budget is all a pipe dream and not a plan that's a responsible way forward.”