Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks today at a press conference with House Democrats calling for House Republicans to bring the Senate’s clean government funding bill to the House Floor for a vote to end the government shutdown. Below is a transcript of his remarks:
“Thank you Leader Pelosi. Monday night, the Republicans shut down the people’s government. They did so for unnecessary and entirely political motivation. The only way to end the shutdown is for Speaker Boehner to put the Senate’s bill to open the government on the Floor for a vote. And it will pass.
“The Republican’s piecemeal approach is a waste of time. It wasted critical time yesterday and they are wasting more time today. It’s a gimmick. It’s a ploy. It’s politics as usual.
“The Senate will never take up these bills and the President has already said he would veto them. And he should.
“Let’s reopen our government and then go to conference on the budget - as we should have 6 months ago - and find a long term solution. That’s what the American people deserve, that’s what the American people expect. John Boehner, Speaker of the House, let’s do the people’s business and get their government open.
“And now I yield to my friend, the Assistant Leader, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.”