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For Immediate Release: 
August 1, 2014
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Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this morning in opposition to House Republicans’ partisan border supplemental, which they had to pull from consideration yesterday and are rewriting today to make it even more partisan, and their failure to work in a bipartisan, transparent way to address the humanitarian crisis at the border. Below is a transcript of his remarks and a link to the video:

Click here for the video.

“I thank the Gentleman for yielding. In today's paper there’s an op-ed, it's written by Mr. McCarthy, the new Majority Leader. In that op-ed he said, quote: ‘I have always believed that you must win the argument before you can win the vote. In Congress, committees act as idea factories for policies from both sides, and as Majority Leader I will commit to the committee process and regular order.’ Apparently he didn't start yesterday doing that, and we don't start today doing that.

“This legislation has not been considered by Committee, Subcommittee – or any of us have not seen it at this point in time. I heard the Gentleman from Oklahoma say, the legislation is going to do this, that, and the other. We haven't seen it. It is 10:15 [a.m.]. We haven’t seen it. No regular order. No exercising of responsibility.  We saw irresponsibility rampant yesterday in the House of Representatives. We saw a few months ago shutting down government if you don't ‘do it my way.’  

“I will tell the American people, Mr. Speaker, none of the leaders of the Republican Party have reached across to say, ‘how can we do this in a bipartisan way?’  And so, because of their unwillingness to do that, Mr. Speaker, the Senate is gone. What we do today will be useless. A show – a form without substance. A pretense. A political message to their base of how hard they can be, because they're moving in exactly the opposite direction of trying to create bipartisanship. And so I urge my colleagues, stand up for doing the right thing and giving the resources necessary to meet the challenge that America has and America ought to be meeting today and yesterday and the day before, and I yield back the balance of my time.”