Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the fiscal cliff with Chuck Todd on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown" this morning. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“Clearly, the Republicans know that what they are doing today is simply a waste of time… What we’re doing today is wasting time pretending, making political points but not moving the ball forward to get to a compromise that will be necessary if we're going to avoid the sequester that nobody wants, not go over the cliff, and take very positive steps toward getting this country on a fiscally sound path.”
“Both Leader [Nancy] Pelosi and I have said we're going to work to pass a plan to avoid the sequester, put ourselves on a fiscally sustainable path if the President puts forward a plan that he can get agreement with Speaker Boehner on. We've said we're going to work to get that passed.”
“[An agreement between President Obama and Speaker Boehner] won't be the deal that we would like perhaps – it won't have everything. It will have some things in there we won't like, and it will have some things in there the Republicans won't like. But if we're going to be a functional Congress, if we're going to serve the American people well, we're going to have to come to grips with compromises to get to where we need to be. And it's clear that Speaker Boehner, at this point in time, does not have the votes in his conference to do that, and that's a shame.”
“I'm hopeful [we can pass an assault weapons ban] because I think that's what the American people think is a reasonable step to take. It's not a perfect step. It won't get us to where we need to be to decrease the violence, and decrease the risk to our children that we have seen so dramatically and tragically recently and over the years. But it is certainly a rational, reasonable, common-sense step to take.”