Hoyer: Republicans Must Compromise on Long-Term CR to Cut Spending, Invest in the Future, Provide Certainty

For Immediate Release:

March 11, 2011

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after House Republicans introduced a three-week continuing resolution:

“We cannot continue funding government week by week. It is disruptive and wastes taxpayer money, and it causes significant uncertainty for the private sector. That is why it is imperative for Republicans to put forward a new long-term measure and tell us where they are willing to compromise. They don’t have any excuses left: the Senate rejected House Republicans’ reckless and arbitrary spending cuts, which would have cost thousands of jobs and harmed our economy. And using their own measure - $100 billion in cuts – Democrats have already offered to meet them more than halfway. So it’s time for Republicans to step up and put something new on the table.

“I may vote for the short-term measure, but it would be the last time I do so. Republicans must work with us to put together a long-term continuing resolution that goes through the end of the fiscal year so that we can move on to other pressing business, like job creation and strengthening the middle class.”

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