Statement ● Republican Government Shut Down
For Immediate Release: 
January 21, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today and asked for unanimous consent to bring his bill H.R. 4872 – a clean Continuing Resolution to reopen the government – to the Floor. Below is a video and transcript of his remarks:

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“We are in the second day of this Trump shutdown because Republicans won’t take yes for an answer.

“Senator Schumer went to the White House and had a deal with President Trump until the Freedom Caucus vetoed it and forced the President to go back on his word - again.

“Senator Schumer offered President Trump his border wall. Republicans said no.

“Senate Democrats offered short-term Continuing Resolutions to keep the government open. Republicans said no.

“Mr. Speaker, I offered a four-day CR while we work on working on a budget agreement that adheres to parity. Mr. Meadows objected, and the Republicans said no.

“When will Republicans take yes for an answer? I ask: will the Republican leadership allow its Members to vote for a clean CR to reopen the government, instead of giving its Freedom Caucus faction a veto in order to perpetrate the Trump shutdown?

“I ask unanimous consent to bring up H.R. 4872, the End Of Shutdown Act of 2018, a Continuing Resolution that would reopen government through Tuesday while negotiations continue on a budget agreement that adheres to parity and on other critical issues.”