Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
June 17, 2014
Contact Info: 

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd" this morning to discuss House Republican leadership elections and the situation in Iraq. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video.

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On the Situation in Iraq

We have a real stake in this, a real interest in this. The question becomes, okay, what do you do? I think that's a much more complicated issue once we decide it has consequences for us, what do we do, I think we’re going to have to talk about that. I talked to the Administration over the weekend. I think we’re going to have to see what options are available to us to try to dissuade and defeat the proponents of terrorism. Clearly, there's a lot of blame to go around. Right now we need to look at what can we get done in an effective way that will have some long term consequence, not just temporary.”

On House Republican Leadership Elections and Remaining Legislative Items

“We have a lot of issues we need to deal with. We need to deal with unemployment insurance, minimum wage. We need to deal with voting rights. I was hopeful that Eric Cantor would be helpful on that. I'm hopeful that [Kevin] McCarthy will be. We need to deal with comprehensive immigration reform that everybody across the spectrum thinks is broken, and Kevin McCarthy has indicated he's been supportive of, he’s been more forward leaning on that issue. Highway funding. So many issues that we need to do for the American people. So hopefully, we’ll be able to do that.”