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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" this morning. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video.
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On Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s Primary Loss
“I think what the election showed was what we've been saying all along, that the Republican Party is a deeply divided, dysfunctional party at this point in time, with great differences internally, which are making it very difficult for them to lead in a positive way. We’ll see who replaces Mr. Cantor now that he's stepped down, and it will be some indication of whether they're going to stay far right or go even further right. It's going to show as well whether or not we will be able to be functional and move forward on important agendas that the overwhelming majority of the American people support.”
“I still think that the [Republican] party is deeply divided between what we perceive to be its very conservative wing and its far right and more radical wing. I think the Tea Party is going to be energized by this election. I think they're going to feel that they had better chances all over the country. We'll see what happens in Mississippi. So, I think there's still – the question is out, Joe, as to whether or not they clearly, for political reasons, they believe that their division has been hurting themselves electorally, and they've been trying to get back together. We'll see whether they can do that. I doubt it.”
On Moving Forward with Important Legislation
“I think the election will tell us whether or not we’re going to be able to move forward on issues that the American people overwhelmingly support. Comprehensive immigration reform, over 70%. The Wall Street Journal wrote an editorial this morning, that you perhaps read, which indicated that Republicans believe that comprehensive immigration reform ought to move forward, and the overwhelmingly majority of the American people. And the Export-Import Bank. We passed that with over 300 votes the last time we authorized it a couple of years ago. We need to get that done. Minimum wage – supported overwhelmingly by the American people. There are so many issues that we could address. Highway reauthorization needs to be done. So, there are so many important issues the American people believe that Congress ought to get done. We'll see whether or not the Republican majority in the House of Representatives will respond and what clearly the majority of the American people think ought to be happening in the Congress or whether we'll continue the gridlock which I assert is a result of the Republican gridlock and inability to overcome its internal divisions so they can move forward on the agenda of the American people.”