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 CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper today to discuss Republicans' inability to govern and address Americans' priorities. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:     

Click here to watch the full interview.

"Look, this is not solely about DREAMers. The Republicans have had 120-days plus, and, in fact, every Democrat voted for a 90 day-extension in September to give us time to reach an agreement on some of the important issues, the most important of which was working funding gaps so we'd know how much we were going to spend in the coming year. We asked for the same deal that Paul Ryan made with Senator Murray for four years running, and we've still not had that agreement. So we're asking for an additional time, but the Republicans have not done anything in the time that was given to them to get to the issues that we need to follow, including, for instance, in this bill, there's been a major disaster in two states and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There’s no supplemental relief here. We don't have Community Health Centers included in the bill. Yes, they include S-CHIP, but a lot of the CHIP children go to Community Health Centers, and they’re not funded in this bill. So there are a lot of things that Republicans have not done. We say, look, don't ask us to vote for just kicking the can down the road when you don't address in the time we give you any kind of compromises which will get a majority of votes in the House of Representatives.”

"You need 218 votes, [Republicans] have 241 votes; exercise your responsibility as the majority, as the people who have been given responsibility by the American people to run this House. Don't look to us to just kick the can down the road without any agreements from you on the priorities that we think are important.”

“Paul Ryan didn’t put this bill on the Floor, S-CHIP, which he talks being so concerned about, until long after the authorization had ran out in September. Paul Ryan put a partisan bill on the Floor knowing full well that it would not pass the Senate, and it did not pass the Senate. Paul Ryan knows that he can put the SCHIP bill on the Floor this afternoon, and it will pass, probably unanimously, and certainly will get every Democratic vote. Paul Ryan is trying to blackmail the Democratic party into doing what he wants without, in fact, coming to agreements that are necessary to move this country forward. I think it's pretty disingenuous, and I’m disappointed with the Speaker.”