Steny Hoyer: We’ll shut gov’t down unless sequester cuts are eliminated

Steny Hoyer: We’ll shut gov’t down unless sequester cuts are eliminated

[Ed. note: In other words, we will hold the gov’t and American people hostage.]

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer would oppose a continuing resolution to keep government funded beyond Jan. 15 if it doesn’t address the sequestration cuts.

“I believe that hurts our national security, it hurts our economy and it undermines our responsibility of running government at a level that is productive for our people,” Hoyer said.

Hoyer’s comments come as Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) are working toward reaching a small-scale budget deal that would fund the government at $1 trillion and replace some of the sequester. As a back-up plan if budget talks fail, Republicans have said they would advance a $967 billion CR for the next fiscal year.

Hoyer said if Republicans propose a CR, it would be a sign that the negotiating process has broken down entirely.

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