For Immediate Release:
December 11, 2018
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour this evening to discuss the need for Republicans to work with Democrats to fund government and avoid another reckless, GOP shutdown. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
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“The President has said last year, he's repeated this year, and he repeated three times today how he would be proud to shut down the government, that he was looking forward to, and he would shut down the government. And if he didn't get what he wanted, he would shut down the government. I think that's awfully unfortunate for a President of the United States, who is responsible for the executive department, saying, ‘I’m going to shut down government if I don't get exactly what I want.’ None of us get exactly what we want, and shutting down the government should not be an alternative. And as a matter of fact, I think almost every Republican leader has urged the President not to shut down the government. We are prepared to fund border security. We believe in border security. We need to make our country safe. What we don't believe in is that the wall that the President proposes to build, which he said was going to be paid for by the Mexican government, we don't believe that's a very effective tool. And as a matter of fact, we think there are a lot of Republicans who share that view, so it is very unfortunate.”