Hoyer: Bipartisanship needed for grand bargain

January 1, 2013

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said he plans to vote for the bill, but did so in a slightly tepid fashion.

“I severely regret that this is not a big, bold and balanced plan,” Hoyer said. “We had an opportunity to reach such an agreement in a bipartisan fashion. And we will not reach a big, bold, balanced plan without bipartisanship, because the decisions we’ll have to make will be too difficult not to do in a bipartisan fashion.”

Hoyer said that when Americans wake in the morning, they will see that the Congress came together “not perfectly but in a bipartisan fashion to try to take a step towards fiscal responsibility, fiscal stability and yes, caring for those who most need our help in this country.”

He urged his colleagues to pass the bill, “not as a Democrat, not as a Republican, but as an American who understands that our people believe that action is necessary.”

Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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