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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and furloughed workers from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) at a press conference calling for an end to the Republican government shutdown and urging a vote on the Senate's bill to reopen the government and put federal employees back to work. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:
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“Every one of you here, every one of you here represents 100,000 who are not here.
“There are millions of Americans wondering why can’t we open up the government.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we cannot stop the rain, but we can stop the shutdown. We cannot stop the rain, but 218 people can stop the shutdown. We cannot stop the rain, but John Boehner can stop the shutdown.
"We need to put the people’s government back to work.
“God bless you, Godspeed, keep on keeping on.”