Press Release ● Immigration
For Immediate Release: 
December 21, 2018
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" this evening to urge President Trump and Congressional Republicans to work with Democrats to fund government and avoid another Trump shutdown. Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video. 
 
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“I hope that the President will agree to [a bill] that can get 60 votes in the Senate and a majority of the House and be sent to him, so that we would avoid shutting down the government...”

"[Democrats and Republicans] have agreed on approximately 97% of the Homeland Security bill and 100% of all six of the other [appropriations] bills. So the President saying, ‘if you don't agree with 100%,’ [I’m going to shut down the government] – that's not a compromise. That's not working together. The President needs to understand and we understand there are two parties here, and we need to come together to get something done. Frankly, we don't agree with everything that's in all of these bills. However, we understand this is a process of compromise and agreement. That's what the Senate is going to try to agree to, but, again, I stress, Wolf, that Senator Schumer said, look, there are no votes on the Democratic side for a wall, but there are votes to open up the government, agree to the Republican bills that have been passed, and fund government, which we ought to do. And you're right. I have a lot of federal employees [in Maryland’s Fifth District], and they're put at risk too often. This using government shutdowns as a lever is bad for government; it is bad for the country; and it is bad for our respect around the world. This should not happen. Senator Alexander was absolutely right; it is not the correct way to do appropriations nor to threaten one another with taking captive and giving a lot of angst to our federal employees on whom we rely for so many things.”