Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this morning calling on Republican leadership to bring the Senate's clean government funding bill to the Floor for a vote to end the Republican government shutdown. Below are excerpts and a link to the video:
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“So we stand ready on this side of the aisle, I say, as one of the leaders of my party, to vote now to open government. And, yes, to do what in a democracy we ought to do: sit down and discuss compromises."
“The reasonable, rational, responsible thing to do is simply say, we have enough votes to open government at the number that the Republican Party sent to the Senate. Not a compromise. We are telling them we'll take your number. I don't like their number. But I like even less having government shut down. Because it costs the economy money, it puts at risk our national security, and it undermines the confidence of the American people, not to mention the international community."
“Now remember, ladies and gentlemen, I just told you that we took their number, their number that they passed through here. I don't like that number. Hal Rogers, the Republican Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, doesn't like that number. The Subcommittee Chairmen don't like that number. But we're saying, ok, yes, we'll take your number. Let's keep government working for our people."
"Now, the House Majority Leader …said this, 'we're trying to get the government open as quickly as possible.' That's 12:05 p.m today, ladies and gentlemen of this House. Mr. Speaker, it's 12:05 p.m., five minutes after noontime right now. You can get it open as quickly as possible, if that's what the Majority Leader wants to do. Mr. Cantor, bring that bill to the Floor and our side will overwhelmingly help you pass it and get government open for the people. Now, the Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee [Rep. James Lankford] said this. …he said this: 'I don't think anyone wants to stretch this out for two weeks.' But what we'll see today is little tiny slices of bills. It will take weeks and perhaps months to open at the rate they're going.... Here's what he said: 'I’d like to resolve this this afternoon.' We're ready. The American people are ready too. It's the responsible thing to do. Get the government working for its people."
“If Mr. Lankford and Mr. Cantor want to get this done as soon as possible, I tell them as a leader on my side of the aisle, I’ll help get them the votes to pass it this afternoon. Early this afternoon, by 1:00 this afternoon. Let's get this government open.”