Press Release ● Shutdown
For Immediate Release: 
January 15, 2019
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined Cheddar this afternoon to discuss the Trump shutdown and call on Senate Republicans to take up the House-passed appropriations bills to reopen government. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
 
Click here to watch the full interview.  
 
“...Four times last week we passed bills to open up the government. Today, we passed a bill to open up the government. Holding us responsible for keeping us shut down is irrational.”
 
“The only reason the government is shutdown is because Donald Trump wants it shut down until he gets his way, but he may want his way on some other issue tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after. So this is a much bigger issue than just his wall. This is an issue about how do we morally run and effectively run the government of the United States of America, and this is not it, and [Senator] Mitch McConnell knows this is not it. Mitch McConnell ought to do the right thing. Article I says the Congress sets policy, and the President executes policy.”
 
“And very frankly, I’m convinced, if we got the government open, and as soon as we get the government open, we’re going to get to an agreement pretty soon on how we make sure the borders are secure. We’ve invested a lot of money when we were in charge, and we’ve supported the invested a lot of money even when we weren’t in charge, in making sure our borders are secure. That’s an objective that we agree on.”