Press Release ● *Government Shutdown
For Immediate Release: 
April 8, 2011
Contact Info: 

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Steny H. Hoyer (MD) was on The Last Word this evening to discuss the Republicans’ refusal to compromise on their divisive social agenda, despite the fact that Democrats have gone 70 percent of the way to Republicans’ position on spending cuts. See below for an excerpt and link to the video.

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"I hope the Speaker can come forward and say, 'we're ready to move forward, we're ready to keep the government open' and that we can move on. The fact of the matter is it's been self-evident for some period of time now that this issue was not over dollars. We 've made substantial cuts in spending. We know we need to make cuts. We need to effect efficiencies. We need bring this deficit under control.

"But the fact is this has not been about dollars. It's about social policy. It's been about, in particular, as you pointed out, women's health issues. And very frankly, it's a shame that we've come to the brink of shutting down the federal government over maintaining women's health. 

"It was interesting in the clip you ran of the Republican women refuse to answer the question. Why did they refuse to answer the question? Because they know that women's health is a very important to every family in America. And that the money being cut would have a substantially adverse effect on women's health. And, therefore, they didn't want to answer the question.

"I'm hopeful, I remain hopeful, even at this late hour, that in the next half hour or hour, hour and a half, that the Speaker is going to say that ‘yes, we have an agreement.’ And that he can get sufficient numbers of his caucus and we'll look at those numbers. We're certainly prepared to, as I have done now on three different occasions, have a bridge for keeping the government opened for three days, five days, until next Friday, so that this agreement, compromise, can be finalized and we can fund the government for the balance of the fiscal year to September 30th and move on."