Statement ● Shutdown
For Immediate Release: 
January 22, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today on the end of the Trump Shutdown. Below is a video and transcript of his remarks:

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“Mr. Speaker, as I said this morning, the reason why the government shut down is because the Republican majority has failed to fund the government. They have the majority of the House, the majority of the Senate, and the Presidency of the United States. And with all due respect to my friend, the Majority Leader, five previous shutdowns were purposefully perpetrated by my Republican friends, the last for 16 days. The Continuing Resolution on the Floor today reflects that failure. It does not, nine months after we should have been done, establish the level of spending for this fiscal year. Nine months late.
“As a result, another Continuing Resolution may be inevitable, and in this resolution we will extend the harmful effects of another CR to both defense and non-defense agencies for another 17 days. That means the Congress will be more than four whole months into the fiscal year without a budget agreement. This is dangerous, Mr. Speaker, both to our military and to our civilian agencies, each of which require budget certainty.
“Before February 8, Republicans must work with Democrats to resolve the issues at hand. This means working together to lift the budget caps in accordance with the principle of parity, which Speaker Ryan agreed to over the past four years and should continue today and in the future.

“It also means working in a bipartisan, bicameral way to address the status of DREAMers now that President Trump created a crisis with his ending of the DACA program. Congress should act responsibly to allow these young people to stay, as more than 80% of Americans believe should be done.

“And, Mr. Speaker, it requires reauthorizing community health centers and other critical health programs, essential to complement the passage of the CHIP reauthorization, which is included in this CR. 
“We also, my colleagues, have a responsibility to those impacted by the devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; those affected by the wilderness fires in California; and communities struggling to combat opioid abuse.
“Congress must not waste the next 17 days as it has the last 114. I will be voting no, Mr. Speaker, on this Continuing Resolution, not because I don't want to see it pass, but because it does not guarantee that the Congress will address the issues that have been referenced.

“I pray that neither I, nor the Congress, will be in this same position come February 8. I hope we will address in a positive manner the issues before us. And I am now pleased, Mr. Speaker, to yield one minute to the Minority Leader.”