Press Release ● 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) released the following statement on legislation to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, which was introduced last night and voted on today in violation of Republicans’ rule to provide Members and the public with three days to review the text:

“Republicans brought this 2,200-page omnibus bill to the Floor in less than twenty-four hours, violating every rule they've set for themselves and exemplifying the kind of hypocrisy they've demonstrated throughout their House Majority.  In addition, forcing through such a significant funding bill with so little time for scrutiny cannot be called fiscally responsible.  However, what is even more egregious is that Republican leaders have continued to dissemble on their promises to address the DACA crisis, a creation of President Trump that threatens American families and risks damaging our economy.

“Six months ago, I joined Leader Pelosi and the Tri-Caucus in a meeting with Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy.  During that meeting, Republican leaders assured us that action would be taken before March 5 to protect DREAMers. Then, over three months ago, I joined the President and bipartisan Members of Congress for a meeting at the White House, at which the President said he would sign into law legislation addressing the DACA issue and work with us on comprehensive immigration reform soon thereafter.  Six weeks ago, Speaker Ryan made a commitment on DACA clearly designed to win Democratic votes on the budget agreement. He said during debate: ‘We will solve this DACA problem… we will focus on bringing that debate to this Floor and finding a solution.’

“Now we know that every single one of these representations made by the President and Republican leaders in Congress was untrue.  Since creating this crisis, the President has dismissed every bipartisan agreement out of hand, and the Speaker and Majority Leader have refused to allow a single vote on any DACA legislation – not the partisan Goodlatte bill, not the bipartisan DREAM Act, nor the bipartisan USA Act.  A majority of the House believes that the DACA issue should be resolved, and legislation would pass if the House were allowed to work its will.  But the Republican leadership’s continuing inaction clearly reflects its unwillingness to resolve this issue.  It is outrageous, and Democrats will continue to hold the Speaker to his word and demand action on DACA.”