Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) discussed the Republican government shutdown on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" this afternoon. Below are excerpts and a link to the video.
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“[Republicans] shut down the government. They think that gives them leverage to accomplish what they couldn't accomplish in the election and it's harmful to the American people. The losers are not the silent majority in the Republican Conference. The losers are the American people. Their government is now shut down. Their government is not available to serve them as they want themselves served, as it ought to serve them. Clearly, Americans want an efficient, effective government but they don't want no government.”
“Frankly, the Members of Congress ought to be on the job working hard, getting this job done for the American people, getting the government open, getting federal employees back to work and serving the public, serving the growth of our economy, serving our national security ends. All of these extrinsic issues, these side issues they want to bring up which they think are politically salient miss the point of their irresponsibility in shutting down government.”
“Don’t lard up with extrinsic issues, with side issues, don’t lard up the funding of the government, one of the most basic responsibilities that the Congress of the United States has. Obviously there are political differences, we know that, but funding the government - we can argue about the level, we have taken their level - ought not to be an argument and ought not to have literally hundreds of thousands of people now out of work, worried about paying their mortgage payment, worried about whether or not they're going to be able to meet their bills at the end of this month. That is not a responsible management of the federal government. It's not a responsible majority in the House of Representatives and they ought to support opening up government, making sure that it is operating for the American people and then yes, debate these differences we have – that’s fair, that's what we ought to do in a democracy.”