Hoyer Remarks at Press Conference on Republicans' Partisan Continuing Resolution

I would urge our Republican friends in the Senate and Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor to do exactly what they suggested 12 days ago, what we all ought to do: seek common ground. In our view, we want a higher level of funding which the Administration and FEMA says is necessary. But because Republicans do not agree on that figure, we have come to their figure in Leader Reid’s proposal, and we suggest we move forward on a number we agreed to to fund government. Everybody said yes yesterday on the House floor and Senate floor that we do not want to shut down the government. At a time of crisis in our economy, shutting down the government would be a job destroyer.