Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the need to stop the Republican government shutdown on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co." this morning. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“Look, I think that comprise can happen but the longer the Republicans have held hostage the Affordable Care Act the less time we’ve had to get there. Yes I think compromise is possible, but as [Representative] Charlie Dent, one of the Republicans to which you refer, said yesterday they don’t have to be in the same package. Let’s open up the government. That can be done this morning. That can be done, as President Obama said, by John Boehner putting the bill on the Floor, and the Republicans say they want to get the government open. Hooray – we do too. …I think every Democrat will vote to make sure that the government doesn’t default on its debt. Then when we get those two critically important issues [we can] sit down at the table and rationally discuss the bipartisan plans that are on the table to get us to a fiscally sustainable big deal. This country ought to do that. I’m for that. Democrats are prepared to sit down and Republicans say they are prepared to sit down. Let’s do it.”