Washington D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Joe Crowley, Congressman Steve Israel, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, and House Democratic Members held a press event today to demand that House Republicans bring the Senate continuing resolution up for a vote on behalf of the American people to stop the Republican Government Shutdown. Below is a transcript of Leader Pelosi’s opening remarks:
“Good afternoon everyone. Today marks the second day that the federal government has been shutdown at levels that already, that are unfair to the American people. The solution of this, to this crisis is just to pass simple legislation that has passed the Senate and is the figure that the Republican majority in the House have proposed for funding. And that is $986 billion. We gather here to say that we are willing to sign, we’re going to sign this letter to Speaker Boehner asking that we have a vote on a clean funding resolution immediately so that government functioning can resume and Americans can move on with their lives.
“We’re asking the Republicans in the House of Representatives to take ‘yes’ for an answer, we believe that if they put their own bill, with their own number on the floor, that it will pass. And we will help them pass that legislation. This is a specific proposal that we are making to them and we are making it in the form of a letter to the Speaker.
“With that, I yield to the distinguished Democratic Whip, Mr. Hoyer.”
(House Democrats stand up to demand a vote on the Senate continuing resolution and get the government back to work on behalf of the American people.)
Photo Credit: Office of Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi