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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor this evening in opposition to House Republicans’ partisan bills that do not offer a real solution to the humanitarian crisis at the border and have no chance of becoming law. Below is a transcript of his remarks and a link to the video:
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“Mr. Speaker, House Republicans have taken two bad bills – that fail to meet the challenge of the humanitarian crisis on the border – and made them worse.
“They are worse for children. They are worse for women. They are worse for those who were brought here as children, grew up here, and know no other home than America. These bills do not reflect America’s values and our highest ideals.
“The bills that were put forward yesterday had no chance of seeing action in the Senate. Neither do these. In fact, Rep. John Fleming is reported to have said that the supplemental bill is, and I quote, ‘political cover’ and that, and I continue to quote: ‘not a single Republican in the House believes it’ll be signed into law.’ I believe that statement to be absolutely accurate.
“Chairwoman Granger, my friend with whom I served on the Appropriations Committee, said just a few minutes ago: ‘doing nothing is not an option.’ And I very politely suggest to her: what we are do tonight is nothing.
“But what we do tonight will not pass [the Senate], will not solve a problem, will not change policy, and it will not give the needed resources that are necessary.
“Republicans have once again embraced their ‘my way or the highway’ attitude – the same attitude that led to last year’s shutdown, instead of reaching across the aisle and working with Democrats on bipartisan legislation that can address this crisis and be enacted.
“We are debating a bill that is not only bad in substance, but that was brought to the Floor in near secrecy, in violation of the Republican majority’s own ‘three-day rule.’
“How ironic that Majority Leader McCarthy said in an op-ed in the Washington Post today: ‘I will commit to the committee process and regular order.’ This is neither the committee process, nor regular order. Unfortunately, the House action tonight does not reflect his words from this morning’s op-ed.
“Mr. Speaker, we ought to have a responsible, bipartisan measure to provide the needed funds to address the border crisis.
“But we also must see this as a reminder of why we must pass comprehensive immigration reform. Speaker Boehner himself said the House would act, saying last May: ‘the House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system’ This is not a fix.
“But tonight, we must address the crisis before us.
“Our Republican friends should work with Democrats on a solution that can pass the House, this probably can; pass the Senate, this cannot; and be signed by the President, nobody here, as Congressman Fleming indicated, believes that will be the case.
“Tonight will be a loss for rational, humanitarian action, and a victory for partisan, negative policy.
“How sad. How wrong. How disappointing to the American people.”