Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the motion to go to conference on an omnibus package:
"Democrats remain committed to working with Republicans on an omnibus package. But as we have made clear, the final package must adhere to the budget agreement reached in August, and it must not include controversial policy riders. As we work to complete appropriations bills for the remainder of the fiscal year, we also cannot forget that we must continue working on a big, bold, and balanced deficit reduction deal. We must step up and meet our fiscal challenges, and to do so we will need all options on the table. I hope Republicans will work with us to get this done well before painful and arbitrary spending cuts take effect in 2013."