Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered the following remarks today at a press conference marking the one-year anniversary of the bipartisan passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate, which is tomorrow, June 27. Below is a transcript of his remarks:
“I’m pleased to follow my friend, [Sen.] Dick Durbin. Leader Reid just told you that we came from a ceremony giving the [Congressional] Gold Medal to [Israeli President] Shimon Peres. Shimon Peres, in many ways, is a founding father of his country, a country, which for millennia, was peopled by the Jewish people, but in another sense, a nation of immigrants, as America is a nation of immigrants, made great and courageous and entrepreneurial by its immigrants.
“We have a new Majority Leader. I was once the Majority Leader, [and] had the power to put a bill on the Floor or keep it off the Floor. Mr. McCarthy and I talked yesterday, and I asked him to consider bringing this bill to the Floor.
“I urge Speaker Boehner to bring this bill to the Floor. America deserves the right to have its representatives vote on this critically important issue to our country. From an economic sense and from a moral sense. We demand, we plead, we ask, on behalf of the overwhelming majority of the American people. Bring this comprehensive immigration bill to the Floor, and do it now.”