Press Release ● Immigration Reform
For Immediate Release: 
January 19, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined CNN's New Day to discuss Republicans' refusal to work with Democrats and address Americans' priorities. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:  

Click here to watch the full interview.

“It's time to stop dissembling, failing to agree, being hardline. We have two parties, both parties are necessary to pass legislation. There needs to be compromise, and the Republicans have refused now for 136 days to come to some sort of compromise and agreement on what the funding levels of government are going to be.”

“We need to reach an agreement on what the funding levels are going to be. We are asking for the same agreement that Paul Ryan made with Senator Murray four years ago to be continued. That's all we're asking: what Paul Ryan, who is now the Speaker, agreed to. He has refused to negotiate on that. Now, when I say refused to negotiate, he's talked, but they have not come to an agreement with us on that. If they don't need us, if they just want to say no, tough, and we're going to go our way, and your way is out the window, that's fine. And last night they cobbled together enough votes to pass a bill which, by the way, does not deal with opioids. It doesn't deal with disaster relief for Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. It doesn't deal with Community Health Centers. Yes, it deals with CHIP for children, but guess where they go? Many of them go to Community Health Centers, and it did not deal with that; it didn't deal with other health extenders… They now want another 30 days to, frankly, do nothing. We don't know what agreements they're going to reach. They haven't offered anything as a compromise. So, frankly, we said enough. Let's get to a deal. Let’s get to agreement. Let's move forward.”

“Very frankly, the President called us down to the White House a week ago Tuesday. We thought we had an agreement, all 24 of us sitting around the table, that we were going to take care of DACA-protected individuals and DREAMers. The President said does everybody agree? Yes. Guess who changed his mind 24 hours later? The President of the United States. Lindsey Graham came down from the White House and said look, we've reached an agreement, we've worked hard. It's a give and take. We don't like some stuff, they don't like some stuff, and it was rejected out of hand. Mr. McCarthy and I and the Majority Whip of the Senate John Cornyn and Dick Durbin and I are trying to see if we can move forward. Frankly, we haven't moved forward yet. Yes, the President – it's nice he stays in Washington, but it's not where he physically is located that's the issue. It is that he frankly changes his mind from hour to hour as to what he's for.”