Press Release ● 2019 Budget
For Immediate Release: 
December 20, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined CNN’s "New Day" this morning to discuss funding the government and President Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.  Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
 
Click here to watch the full interview.
 
On Funding the Government

"I'm hopeful that we will pass the [Continuing Resolution] that's coming over from the Senate. It is unfortunate, however, that [Congressional Republicans] are kicking the can down the road, as opposed to resolving this issue, which I think was certainly within our reach. There are seven appropriations bills which are pending and have not been passed or signed by the President. Six of those have bipartisan agreement, and, very frankly, the seventh, Homeland Security, has overwhelming agreement, save for the wall. What we offered and what we would have thought a better policy was to pass the six on which we have agreement and fund those agencies through the Fiscal Year and then do a CR, which is a Continuing Resolution, which gives authority to spend money to [the Department of] Homeland Security for the balance of the year. Therefore, we would be stable and people would know what resources they have for the coming year. Now we have until February 8th, a short time, and we're going to have possibly another crisis where we fight about the wall. And that simply doesn't make sense. It is not economically responsible. We ought to get on to our agenda, which deals with health care, which deals with education, which deals with wages and jobs, and [government] reforms. That's what we ought to be doing."

On President Trump's Decision to Withdraw Forces from Syria

"I thought it was impulsive, irresponsible, and dangerous, and I would hope that the President would reconsider. The only people happy today about this decision, in my opinion, are the Syrians, the Iranians, the Russians, and ISIS and its allies. It was a terrible decision that puts our country in a bad spot, but more importantly puts some of our allies, like the Kurds, in a very terrible spot, who have been helpful to us, and it encourages ISIS. It doesn't defeat ISIS. The fact that the President says we have won, as Senator Graham said earlier today, is fake news. We haven't won. And all of his advisers, all the President's advisers have indicated we ought to be staying there to keep things as stable as possible and not to create a vacuum, which Russia and ISIS and the Iranians are going to fill. It is a very dangerous and ill-advised decision in my view. And I think the majority of Congress will share that view."