Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the need to reach a balanced fiscal agreement to replace the sequester on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" this evening. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“Shutdown is unacceptable and certainly defaulting on our debt is unacceptable. We've had a long time to come to agreement. Republicans refused to go to conference. We are now in conference … I had urged the budget conference to report out a compromise by this break, by the 22nd which is tomorrow. That has not happened and appears it will not happen. As you know all the Republican chairs of the appropriations subcommittee urged the budget [conference] to get a deal which gave them relief from the sequester which is hurting our national security and our economy and the growth of jobs. We need to get a compromise.”
“I've always said as you well know is that you need a balanced compromise, you need a balanced deal. You need some revenues on the table, some spending discipline, some cuts on the table. But we need to remember, we've already cut $1.2 trillion in spending over the next ten years. …normally when you compromise you try to reach agreement somewhere in the middle and if we did that I think we could move forward in a responsible fashion. Whether or not they intend to do that or can do that, whether [Budget Committee Chairman Paul] Ryan believes that is the appropriate thing to do we'll have to see. But certainly, [Republicans] ought to stop playing this cliff game of coming right up to the cliff, [because I’m] fearful that if we go over it is going to attack the economy and destroy America's reputation, frankly worldwide. We'll see if they want to play that game again. Ryan says he does not want to do that. I hope he is accurate.”
“Clearly, [Democrats] believe this health care bill, the Affordable Care Act, is going to be good for the American people. We're disappointed with the rollout, we’re disappointed that the computer system ... doesn't work now but the substance of this bill is going to provide millions and millions and millions of Americans with access to affordable care.”