Press Release ● Tax and Appropriations
For Immediate Release: 
January 18, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Meet the Press Daily on MSNBC this evening to discuss Republicans' failure to address the priorities of the American people and the urgent need to protect DREAMers. Below is excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:

Click here to watch a video of his remarks.
On Republicans' Failure to Address the Needs of the American People:

“[Republicans] have been kicking the can down the road too often. In September, all 183 Democrats that voted, voted to extend for 90 days the government funding so that we could negotiate and reach agreements. That time was wasted. We didn't get there. I agree with, frankly, Mark Meadows who said 'all this does is kick the can down the road one more time.' So the Republicans are in charge. They have the Majority. They have enough votes. If they want to simply not agree, [not] have agreements with us, they could move on their own and that is what they've chosen to do.”

"...We're a third of the way into 2018. We still don't know what the expenditure level is going to be. We want to see the CHIP bill pass with other health extenders as well, including the Community Health Centers included. They're a whole and they need to be considered as a whole. And we want to see disaster relief pass. That's not in there. So, is there a way? Yes, there is a way to sit down, reach agreements, and compromise. But Paul Ryan has, all this year, decided to go his own way in a partisan way and, fine, nothing we can do about that, but if you are going to do that, you've got to do it with your votes.”

"...[W]e've been asking for agreements and the agreement we've asked for is the one that Ryan entered into for the last four years and that is equal increases in spending for domestic and defense spending. That's what he put forward. That's what he agreed to with Senator Murray. That is all we're asking for. If he does that, maybe we could move forward. If he gives us some ability to make sure the DREAMers are safe, maybe we can move forward. If he does something on the health care side, with CHIP and the Community Health Centers, and other health extenders, maybe we could move forward. But there's been no movement on those for 120 days. What makes us think that another 16, 20 days is going to make a difference?”

On the Urgent Need to Protect DREAMers:

"At the White House meeting with the President... 25 Members of Congress said we want to take care of the DACA-protected individuals. Twenty-five. There was nobody that said no to that.... Let's agree to it and put it on paper and pass it and make it happen."