Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the Republican government shutdown with Chuck Todd on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" this morning. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“Here, the issue is not numbers because we’ve taken the Republican number for funding in this interim…. We’ve adopted their number. We’ve said OK, we’ll agree with your number. But that’s not what they’re after. They’re after something they lost in the election. That the Senate expanded its numbers, they elected a Democratic President in the last election, all of whom were for the Affordable Care Act. And their premise is yes, we understand that, but unless you repeal that or… bring it down in some way, we’re not going to fund the government of the United States. That’s an irresponsible position and not only that but a very difficult position with which to make some sort of compromise.”
“It’s ironic that for 6 months they’ve been saying we won’t go to conference on the one thing that should be the object of this issue which is at what level do you fund government, how do you fund government. But they haven’t gone to conference. Now at about 5 minutes of 12, 5 minutes before the government is going to shut down, then they say let’s go to conference, not on the budget, but on the continuing resolution. The continuing resolution ought to be a slam dunk. We ought to pass it.”
“I think participating in a conference is fine, but when you’re 5 minutes from shutting down the government, a conference is a rouse, is a sham, is not an honest suggestion, it is simply delaying, and therefore inevitably assuring that there would be a shutdown of government, which as you know Chuck, and I think 75% of the American public are saying this is bad idea and I think they’re right. It’s going to hurt the economy, it’s going to hurt the national security, it’s going to hurt the confidence of our people, and certainly tank the moral of the people who work for the American people, federal employees.”