Press Release ● Shutdown
For Immediate Release: 
January 20, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the Republican Majority shut down the government:

“Republicans control all the levers of our government: the House, the Senate, and the presidency.  They are the governing party and have the votes to decide whether the government remains open or shuts down.  There can be no disputing who ultimately is responsible for the grossly irresponsible act of shutting down the government. 

“Democrats did not want a shutdown.  We have said from the very beginning that we are ready to sit down with Republicans and with this President to pass legislation to prevent a shutdown and address pressing matters where we are already in agreement – and we gave them an additional three months to sit down with us to do so.  These include raising spending caps through the principle of parity, which Republicans have agreed to for the last four years; funding for 9 million children to remain insured through CHIP; reauthorizing community health centers and other expiring public health programs; enabling DREAMers to stay here; and helping communities impacted by natural disasters.  Instead, Republicans refused to compromise and tried – as they have done so many times before – to go it alone.  Knowing full well that they would need our help, Republicans insisted on a partisan process.  Now, having failed to fulfill their most basic responsibility as the governing party, they are seeking to blame Democrats for refusing to be blackmailed into giving them yet another short-term extension. 

“Short-term continuing resolutions are not a responsible way to fund the government.  Indeed, our military and domestic agencies both need the certainty of long-term appropriations in order to carry out their work effectively in service to the American people.  Democrats are ready to work with Republicans to end their costly and unnecessary shutdown through compromise – the kind they ought to have worked with us to reach beforehand to prevent it. 

“I urge Republicans to end their shutdown without delay.  Sit down with Democrats, and let’s work together to meet Congress’s responsibilities to the American people.”