Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Leadership at a press conference today calling on House Republicans to return to work. Below is a transcript of his remarks:
“Thank you Madam Leader. We met today and as so often been the case, the Speaker representing the Republican party walked away. He walked away when we asked for unanimous consent to proceed on some important business, or at least to talk about it.
“The to-do list of the Congress is a long one, you’ve all heard us mention that. [Republicans] walked away from job creation. The President offered a bill, many, many months ago. I’ve asked Majority Leader Cantor to put it on the Floor, they’ve walked away from the creation of jobs.
“Middle class tax cuts will expire December 31, we want to see them assured that they will get no tax increase but our Republican colleagues have walked away as they did this morning.
“We want to make sure we address the fiscal cliff and the sequestration that all of us think will be harmful, but the Republican colleagues have walked away.
“We want to make sure that violence against women was addressed so that we stop domestic violence in this country, and unfortunately our Republican colleagues once again walked away.
“Farmers are experiencing some of the worst drought – they’re in trouble – and our Republican colleagues walked away without passing a Farm Bill.
“Postal Reform is absolutely essential, but unfortunately, our Republican colleagues once again today walked away.
“The Democrats in the Congress of the United States are prepared to be here – prepared to do the work that the American people sent us here to do. We’re not walking away. And we don’t believe the American people are going to walk away on November 6. They understand that this Do-Nothing Congress is not what they wanted, and that’s not what they’re going to vote for.”