Statement ● Republican Government Shut Down
For Immediate Release: 
January 22, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on the Trump Shutdown. Below is a video and transcript of his remarks:
 

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“Mr. Speaker, it's important for us to understand why we're here. We are here because the Republican Majority in the House and the Senate and the President of the United States have not funded the government.
 
“Secondly, we also are here because there are a number of issues on which I think there is agreement in both houses that have not been brought to the Floor, irrespective of the majority's will.

“It appears from what the Senate Leader has said is that there is an agreement in the Senate. And perhaps, and I think we probably will, move forward today to open up government. But I hope my Republican colleagues do not misinterpret what is happening because the issues will not go away.

“Between now and February 8, if that's the date, we must resolve how we're going to fund the government. That is what has held us up. And we must bring to this Floor a bill to protect people that the President of the United States said we ought to protect.
 
“Let's do it. Let's do our work. I yield back the balance of my time.”