Office of the Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer
 March 6, 2015

House Took Bipartisan Action to Fund DHS,
Should Take Same Responsible Action
on Other Critical Issues


This week, the House of Representatives took responsible, bipartisan action to pass a clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year. After House Republicans took us to the brink of a shutdown last week by holding funding hostage to partisan, anti-immigrant policy, I was pleased that we were able to work together on behalf of the American people to provide this critical national security agency with the resources needed to plan ahead and ensure the safety and security of our communities. While both parties have disagreements over immigration policy, it was reckless for House Republicans to hold our national security hostage because they disagreed with the President’s executive action on immigration – which he took because Republicans failed to act on comprehensive reform. Everyone thinks that our nation’s immigration system is broken, so I encourage my Republican colleagues to bring a comprehensive immigration reform bill to the Floor so we can debate the issue in a bipartisan way.

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the King v. Burwell case. Plaintiffs in the case are suing to prevent millions of Americans from receiving tax credits to purchase health care coverage through the federal health insurance marketplace, claiming that the law only allows consumers to receive tax credit through state-run marketplaces. As the Majority Leader when the law was passed and enacted in 2010, I know that wasn’t the intent of Congress, and the text of the law is clear – the law makes premium tax credits and affordable health care broadly available to all Americans, wherever they live. Over 11.4 million Americans enrolled in quality, affordable health care plans during the 2015 open enrollment period, and I remain confident that the Supreme Court will rule in their favor, ensuring that Americans will continue to benefit from affordable, quality health care coverage.

Lastly, as we wait for House Republicans to introduce their budget later this month, I hope their proposal will include a balanced plan to replace the untargeted spending cuts called the “sequester. The sequester’s massive cuts to defense and nondefense spending alike – cuts which were never intended to go into effect – do not allow us to make the investments we need to lay a solid foundation for the next generation. I urge the Budget Committee to report a budget resolution that makes the tough decisions necessary to achieve long-term savings and adequately invest in our nation’s future.

Sincerely yours,

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