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For Immediate Release: 
September 17, 2013
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Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) participated in Politico’s Morning Money breakfast briefing series this morning, hosted by Politico Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White.  During the discussion, Whip Hoyer discussed the fiscal challenges facing Congress, including the continuing resolution and the debt ceiling, as well as the tragic Washington Navy Yard shooting and the situation in Syria.  Below are excerpts and a link to the video:

Click here to watch the video.

On the Washington Navy Yard Shootings

“I'm sure that it will renew the discussions about access to weapons that can be used to kill a lot of people quickly. …  what we have seen in so many of these instances are that the perpetrators have given previous indication of instability, even inclinations to use weapons, and to talk about violence. So there was no doubt this was somebody who had a record of instability and certainly should have been, I think, subject to closer scrutiny, particularly in access to a facility such as the Navy Yard, or any facility that has large numbers of people in it, that has security concerns in the United States.”

On Syria

“I think the President has been successful in attaining a substantial movement on the removal of chemical weapons. It remains to be seen whether the Russians and the Syrians will be good to their word, but nevertheless, I don't think any of us would have predicted the kind of progress that's been made over the last 10 days on the issue of chemical weapons in Syria … and it was attained, in my opinion, because the President was willing to use military force to undermine the ability of the Syrian regime to use weapons…. So I think he showed resolve and I think it's had results.”

On a Continuing Resolution

“I think there's nobody in the Democratic party that wants to shut down the government. The President clearly does not want to shut down the government. I think we're talking about tactics of how to make sure we don't do that.”

“Well, my observation has been that the Republicans have a large number of their… conference that are obsessively obstructionists, who are so focused on defunding Obamacare, which is something that none of their leaders reasonably believe is going to happen and in terms of getting progress, there are many Republicans who agree with Democrats that getting rid of Obamacare is not going to happen and that the sequester is irrational.”

“Compromise is the key. What do I think is attainable? I think frankly, I think Mr. Rogers and another 100 Republicans or 80 Republicans need to join the Democrats in reaching a reasonable compromise. The Democrats understand that we're not going to get our $1.058 trillion [funding level], which the Budget Control Act called for. My own view is we need get a compromise figure and we need to eliminate the sequester.”