Press Release, Office of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) engaged in a colloquy on the House Floor today with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and asked Leader McCarthy if House Republicans have a plan to keep the government open and operating on behalf of the American people or if they will shut down governmentlike President Trump wants. Below is a link to the video and excerpts of his remarks:
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“…The Republicans control the House, and they control the Senate. They could pass [legislation to fund government]. They haven’t passed it. But [House Democrats] don’t control that. That’s out of our hands. Our suggestion was, we have agreed on five of the bills that have been signed into law – about 76% of government’s discretionary funding has already been passed. We have about 25% left. That 25% is in seven bills, one is the Department of Homeland Security. It’s clear that we do not have agreement on the Homeland Security appropriations bill, but on six [other appropriations bills], it is my understanding, Mr. Leader and Mr. Speaker, that we do have agreement – that the two Appropriations Committees have worked together, the leaders have worked together, and that we have agreement on those six bills. So our second alternative, the much preferred alternative, is to pass those six bills, as they have been agreed to, funding those agencies to which those bills apply between now and September 30, the end of the fiscal year, and do a [Continuing Resolution] for the balance of the year for Homeland Security. Or alternatively, do a CR on Homeland Security at some date next year. Neither of those alternatives, apparently, has been pursued by the Majority party, Mr. Speaker. And the President, as I just quoted, says, ‘I am proud to shut down the government.’”
“…We’re at an impasse just about one issue, and [Democrats] suggest – we agree with 95%. Wouldn’t that make sense for the American people for us to pass the 95% on which we have reached agreement after hard work all year? And on that which we can’t agree, agree that we can’t agree and fight that another day. But here we are, 12 days before Christmas, and I would ask the Majority Leader, do we have a plan, Mr. Leader? Do we have a plan to fund government on or before the 21st of this month, so that we can do what all of us say we want to do, and that is keep the government operating on behalf of the American people?”