Statement ● Tax and Appropriations
For Immediate Release: 
March 22, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) spoke on the House Floor today in opposition to the Rule for the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus, which was released late last night, will be voted on today, and violates House Republicans’ rule to provide Members and the public with three days to read the bill. Below is a link to the video and transcript of his remarks:

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“I have been here for long enough to see my Republican colleagues bring to the Floor these bills and plop them down heavily on the table. I’ve been here long enough to have citizens assault me in a town meeting and say ‘Have you read the bill?’ I have been here long enough to hear the demagoguery about: ‘What's in the bill?  Do you know what's in the bill? Have you read the bill? How can you do this?’

“I have heard demagoguery about the three-day rule. I call it the twenty-four hour and two-second rule. That is the last second of the first day, twenty-four hours of the second day, and first second of the third day. We're not even going to make that. This was filed eight o’clock last night.

“I ask any Member, any Member in this House: join me in the well if you’ve read this bill. Join me if you have read this bill. No one is joining me. 
“These are earmarks. Now, they call them authorizing legislation. But they’re earmarks. They are pieces of legislation in this Rule that are against the rules, of course, but we'll waive those rules. And they are things that are going through in the dark of night, eight o’clock last night. This is the appropriation bills – the only piece of this legislation that was done properly.

“The Speaker said, when he became the Speaker: ‘We will advance major legislation one issue at a time.’ How can any self-respecting Member of this House – how can any self-respecting Republican who made that representation to my Tea Party friends vote for this Rule? I have no idea.

“This is an abomination of the legislative process. And you’ve had six months to get it right. 
“And, six weeks ago, the Speaker promised that an issue of great importance to us, DACA, would be solved.  Hasn't been addressed, much less resolved.

“But the real problem is nobody knows what's in this legislation. With all due respect to the Chairman of the Rules Committee, he hasn't read this bill.  Mr. McGovern hasn’t read this bill. Ladies and gentlemen of America, I have not read the bill. Eight o’clock last night – the only person that could read this bill is the supercomputers. None of us even claim to be supercomputers. This Rule ought to go down.

“Very frankly, there are a lot of things in here I know that I like – and I know that everybody else likes. But if we defeat the Rule, we ought to go back to a process that we can respect, you argued we’re going to follow, you pledged to the American people you were going to follow – and that Mr. Cantor and Mr. McCarthy and Mr. Ryan wrote a book about. And said they we’re going to change this institution and do it right.

“This is wrong. Vote no.”