Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on House Republicans' new proposed continuing resolution, after they had to pull their previous proposal from the schedule last week:
“I am deeply disappointed that Republicans continue to risk a government shutdown by appealing to the most extreme members of their party through a continuing resolution that has no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President. This latest gimmick by the House Republican leadership doubles down on their dangerous policy of sequester and includes poison-pill policy riders to defund the Affordable Care Act and pursue a ‘pay China first’ approach that paves the way for Republican threats to default on our debt.
“With just days remaining before the end of the fiscal year, there ought to be no doubt that Republicans are more interested in partisan games that risk a government shutdown than meaningful dialogue with Democrats to avert that possibility through a bipartisan compromise. I strongly urge the Republican leadership to reconsider its approach and work across the aisle to craft a continuing resolution that will keep our government open and operating in a responsible way.”