Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the Republican government shutdown and the need for Congress to ensure America pays its bills on MSNBC this morning. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“I think the votes are there to open up government and I think the votes are there to make sure the nation pays its debts. … In this case, however, both sides say they want government open. Both sides say they don't want the government to default. So it seems that we're in agreement. We ought to have a bill on the Floor to do both of those and pass it today. Unfortunately, that hasn't happened yet, but it can happen today and I hope it does.”
“I think the President is prepared to talk to [Republicans] and to discuss with them … the damage that's being caused by the shutdown in government …. And in terms of the debt limit, I can't imagine there's a Senator that will go down to the White House that doesn't believe that we need to extend the debt limit and make sure America pays its bills. I'm sure that's what the President is going to say; look, we need to get those two things done and then let's talk about a long-term picture. After all, this President has done a lot of negotiating with John Boehner, with senators, spent a lot of time with eight United States Senators talking about what can be done. This is a president who has not indicated an unwillingness to talk. What he has simply said is that he wants the government open, as the American people do, and he wants the government to pay its bills, as the American people do. And beyond that he's made no demands and taken nothing off the table to further discuss.”