Statement ● *Sequestration
For Immediate Release: 
February 15, 2013
Contact Info: 

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this morning about the dangers of the Republican policy of sequester. Below are his remarks and a link to the video:

Click here to watch the video.

“Mr. Speaker, we are on the brink of achieving the Republican policy of sequester.

“Why do I say it's the Republican policy? Because on July 19 of 2011, 229 Republicans voted for their ‘Cut, Cap and Balance’ bill, which said that the alternative to cutting spending in a rational way would be the irrational imposition of sequester, which cuts across the board, irrespective of priorities.

“It's the wrong thing to do. It will hurt America. It will hurt our economy. It will hurt the growth in jobs, and I am here to tell you: if Democrats were in charge of the House of Representatives, that sequester would not happen.

“We've been here six weeks, and not a single piece of legislation has been brought to this Floor by the Majority to stop sequestration from happening – to substitute a rational fiscal policy for an irrational one. So when sequester hits, as unfortunately it may, as tragically it may, as unacceptably as it may, the American people need to know - this is Republican policy included in legislation for which the 98% of them voted for in July of 2011.

“I yield back the balance of my time.”