Posts Tagged ‘Steny Hoyer’

Hoyer Calls for Compromise to Avoid Government Shutdown

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Rep. Steny Hoyer,  D-Mechanicsville, called for Republicans to compromise on the looming budget challenges during a press briefing this morning.

The House Minority Whip said he opposes short-term continuing resolutions like the one introduced by the House Appropriations Committee on Monday. He said the “episodic, sporadic funding levels” of continuing resolutions, in lieu of passing an overall 2011 budget, do not address the essential challenges of funding the government.

The continuing resolution measure would fund the government for one week. The Department of Defense would receive funding through the end of the current fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Hoyer said Congress is not going to solve the budget with non-security cuts and that all aspects of the budget, with the exception of the interest on the national debt, must be on the table in budget negotiations.

Without a continuing resolution, federal employees could face a shutdown that Hoyer calls “costly and demoralizing — not just for federal employees, but demoralizing for the nation.”

The ability to compromise is essential to the process, Hoyer said, and tea partyers who rallied on The Hill last week are unwilling to compromise.

Referring to last year’s tax cuts, he said, “In December, we made some compromises we didn’t like,” he said. “We’re prepared to compromise” on the budget issues, he said.

Hoyer said the budget is “a reflection of what people think is important.”

By Capital News Service’s Laura E. Lee

Hoyer Holds Forth on War, Health Care, Guarantees

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Mechanicsville, reflected on his recent discussion with President Obama regarding Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s call for more troops during his weekly pen and pad briefing Wednesday.

“I think there was a general feeling around the room that whatever your particular view on what General McChrystal had recommended, the president had to grapple with this and come up with a policy that accomplishes the objectives the president thinks are critical,” Hoyer said.

“This is an issue that requires us to think very carefully … Afghanistan has not been a successful venue for many great powers in the past, I can’t think of any. I think we also need to have some great confidence that the government in Afghanistan is a viable government, with the confidence of its people.”

Switching gears to health care, Hoyer talked about reconciling the Senate’s bill with one that would pass in the House.

“I would be shocked if there was not a very robust conference where we would come to grips with differences between the House and the Senate. We’re not there yet in determining what the Senate bill is going to look like.”

When asked if he could guarantee the House would pass a health care bill before Christmas, Hoyer said: “Can I guarantee that? No. Do I think it will? Yes. I am way beyond guaranteeing what we’re going to do and when we’re going to do it.”

- By Capital News Service’s David Johnson