Press Release ● 2019 Budget
For Immediate Release: 
December 3, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Kasie Hunt on MSNBC this afternoon to discuss the importance of passing legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and the need for President Trump and Congressional Republicans to work on a bipartisan basis to fund government and avoid another GOP shutdown.  Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
 

Click here to watch the full interview.
 
On the Importance of Passing Legislation to Protect Robert Mueller

"We can pass [the Senate] bill [to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation]. It is essentially the House bill as well, which simply says that you can't fire Mr. Mueller without cause and that a court can review that removal, for obvious reasons. This is an investigation that involves the Administration, but it is on election sanctity, in effect – the sanctity of America’s votes. So it's a very, very important probe to continue until we get to the bottom of the facts. And we can pass legislation. I hope [Senate Majority Leader] McConnell would put it on the Floor. I think it has majority in the United States Senate. It will have a majority in the House of Representatives. I think we'll pass that relatively early [in the 116th Congress]. [Ranking Member Jerry] Nadler wants to move that – he's going to be Chairman of the Judiciary Committee – and it's something that we ought to do. I think the American public have the right [to know] and want the Mueller investigation to get at the bottom of what happened with Russia trying to interfere in our elections."

On the Need to Work in a Bipartisan Fashion to Fund Government

"[Congress] funded about 70% of the government, as you know. We have about 30% of government left to fund that is included in seven bills, one of which is Department of Homeland Security. As I understand it from [Ranking Member] Nita Lowey, who is going to be Chairman of the Appropriations Committee… essentially, the Senate and the House have reached agreement on almost every issue except the wall… It is our view that the spending of money on border walls, according to so many experts, is not the best way to make the borders secure and, as a result, we have been opposed to that wall. Of course, it's a wall that the President said throughout the campaign that the Mexicans were going to pay for. That appears not to be the case. I think it was an unreasonable representation. But we don't really think the wall is good policy. This is not about the politics of border security. We're for border security… Many Republicans don't think [the wall] is a good idea. We'll see what happens.”

“It's a shame that we might even speculate about shutting down the government, because the fact is… Republican and Democratic leadership have said shutting down the government is not something they want to do… Wouldn't it be ironic if we did that notwithstanding the fact that everybody doesn’t want to do it, except perhaps the President."