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) joined Ali Velshi on MSNBC’s “Velshi & Ruhle” this afternoon to discuss how Congressional Republicans should put the bipartisan, Senate-passed Continuing Resolution on the Floor for a vote and how the President should sign it to prevent a shutdown.  Below are excerpts from the interview and a link to the video:
 
Click here to watch the full interview.

"My view is we ought to pass the [bipartisan Senate-passed Continuing Resolution] that we all thought had been agreed to by all parties, including the President of the United States. Pass that again and send it down to [President Trump] and convince him that, look, you will have this fight about the wall. We understand maybe tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, but let's open the government. Let's be rational. Let's follow what we said we were going to do some 72 hours ago, until the President got angry or was bullied into sort of beating his chest and following through on his threat to shut down the government. Shutting down the government is an irrational act; an example of failure, not success; and clearly, I don't think he's going to get his way that way. He's simply going to be looked upon by the American people as in effect having a tantrum and making the rest of America pay for it.”

"I certainly hope we don't shut down, and that we reach agreement by tonight. I don't think that's likely, but I would hope that that would happen… We ought to come to grips with the fact we have agreement on about 98%... We agree on six of the seven bills entirely. We agree on almost all [of the seventh bill] except the wall… This is a seven bill package, so it's amazing we agree on 96% or 97% of the bills… and we can’t come to closure."