Press Release ● *Government Shutdown
For Immediate Release: 
October 16, 2013
Contact Info: 

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the bipartisan agreement to reopen the government and ensure America pays its bills on CNN with Erin Burnett this evening. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.

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“The government ought to be open. It ought to be serving the people and America ought to pay its debts. That's what we're getting in this vote. And it is hard for me to believe that people who say they want to keep the government open and they think the government ought to pay its bills, would vote against this for political purposes. But I think there are apparently people who believe that is a good political vote for them. That is unfortunate. That, frankly, is what led to the shutdown and led to putting America's creditworthiness at risk and it has hurt us - not only economically as you mentioned earlier in terms of $24 billion of costs, people out of work, economic slowdown - but it has also hurt our reputation around the world. Very sad. But we're going to do the right thing tonight; Democrats are going to vote for it and I hope, and I believe, that a significant number of Republicans will vote for it as well. As Speaker Boehner indicated, there is no reason to vote no.”