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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on CNBC's "Squawk Box" this morning. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video.
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On Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Primary Loss
“I have been saying for some period of time that the Republican Party is a deeply divided party and has been dysfunctional. We have seen that. [Speaker] Boehner has not been able to lead on issues he thought were important. The Republican Party has not put on the Floor an agenda which the American public overwhelmingly supports – comprehensive immigration reform, Export-Import Bank, voting rights, minimum wage. So many issues that the American people, poll after poll, overwhelmingly support, the Republicans haven't been able to bring it to the Floor and to act on it. I think the Cantor election showed, again, starkly and historically, the deep divisions within their party.”
On Comprehensive Immigration Reform
“I don't think [immigration reform and reauthorization of Export-Import Bank] is entirely dead. I don't think any one person, Mr. Cantor or others, will be the determination on that. But it will be – we'll see whether the Republican Party can move forward and reflect what the majority of the American people think ought to be the agenda of Congress. If it can’t, I think it will continue to fall deeper and deeper into its ideological corner.”
“If you read The Wall Street Journal this morning, it says clearly that the majority of the American people and the majority of Republicans want to see immigration reform. Most Republicans say the immigration reform system is broken. The Speaker of the House John Boehner put forward five principals. Now they were rejected, and they were rejected because the far right of the Republican Party has control way out of proportion, in my opinion, to its numbers. But it clearly has been able to work its will on a number of elections around the country. Mr. Cantor, who was clearly a conservative, and sent out some very tough stuff in the election on being opposed to amnesty, being opposed to moving forward on immigration. So that the Republican Party is going to have to come to grips with the decision between its presidential wing, which feels it's got to show much more support of immigration, immigrants, and getting this country to fix its broken system or it's going to lose national elections.”
On Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank
“I will tell you Democrats historically during this Congress have been able to marshall overwhelming majorities for issues that I was able to work with Eric Cantor, for instance, Export-Import Bank. Every Democrat voted for the Export-Import Bank.”
“I think it is an ideological issue. Ninety-three Republicans, it wasn't like four or five Republicans voted against it. Ninety-three Republicans, while, frankly, the overwhelming majority of labor and the business community are for that because they want to be competitive. I think the Export-Import Bank, which is a big part of the Make It In America [jobs plan], which I’ve been pushing... We had a big press conference on it yesterday. The creation of jobs and making sure that America is competitive internationally is a critically important component. Very frankly, Eric Cantor was for it, but in his deeply divided party he couldn't bring it back on the agenda. That's unfortunate.”