December 27th, 2012
05:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Hoyer compares GOP debt limit tactics to hostage taker threatening to shoot child

Washington (CNN) - Less than two weeks after one of the nation's deadliest school shootings, the No.2 Democrat in the U.S. House, Steny Hoyer, compared Republican tactics for dealing with the nation's debt limit to someone threatening to shoot a child hostage.

"It's somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, 'I'm going to shoot my child if you don't do what I want done.' You don't want to shoot your child. There's no Republican leader that wants to default on our debt, that I've talked to," Hoyer said at a Capitol Hill press conference.

Hoyer's comments came in response to a question about the Treasury Department's notice that the nation was approaching its debt limit. He criticized Republicans for previous resistance to raising the debt ceiling and used the gun analogy to argue that the issue should not be part of the negotiations involving the fiscal cliff.

In a session on the House floor lasting less than 10 minutes – and at which just a handful of members were present - Hoyer called on GOP leaders to bring the House back into session to craft a compromise to avert the fiscal cliff.

Shortly after Hoyer spoke to reporters, House Republican leaders held a conference call with their members and told them the House would reconvene on Sunday night - just a day before the year-end deadline.


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soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. Saboth

    If the shoe fits...Republicans have time and again balanced hurting our country with getting their way. It didn't pay off for them last time – they got our credit rating downgraded. The debt ceiling and taxes are not "bargaining chips". Americans are tired of the GOP bs. That's why we took their seats in the House, Senate and the Presidency and gave them to Dems. If they don't want to lose their majority in the house next election, they'd better get to work.

    December 27, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Bobby

    So very sad that this many US citizens are brainwashed by political parties. These fools in Congress have had 15 months to get all of this done including the debt limit and they did not even have a meeting for the first time until Nov. 13. US citizens need to raise expectations of ALL folks in Congress. They are playing you like fiddles, and as long as you can blame the other party you are happy. Sad, so sad.

    December 27, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Patricia Taylor

    The repubs are only for the rich and the corporations

    December 27, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. tony

    T in T Party seem to stand for Treason. and Fiscal Terrorism against their own people. . I'll never, ever, vote Republican again. T = Treason without Reason.

    December 27, 2012 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. 22

    The republicans are beholden to the Addelsons,Kochs and Norquists of this world.They claim to be patriotic,to love our freedoms but they will sell this country to the highest bidder in a minute.They are holding 98% of the country hostage and will stop at nothing until they've stripped us of every dime.The good news is that a majority of people have wised up,and as shown in the last election,we will beat them every time.We're a few days from 2013,that much closer to 2014 when we can throw them all out.....I can't wait!

    December 27, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. West Virginia- Buck

    Republican party is more concerned about hurting Obama than helping the country. They should all be brought up on treason charges. Help the 1% while hurting 99% makes sense only to a republican.

    December 27, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Disgusted

    And these people vote? We are in trouble folks!

    December 27, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. milkawhat2

    I don't see the problem. If Liberals want to tax the Rich and redistribute the wealth THEY accumulated, let's just do it. Get around to maybe, kinda talking about,...setting up a committee to look into spending cuts, great!!! (We can just ignore them like last time. Allow UNLIMITED debt ceilings, forever, anytime a Liberal wants to throw a few Billion at a problem and see what happens?? Perfect! Let's face it, we are generating enormous debt, while simultaneously buying that enormous debt, from ourselves. It should be simple to just give everyone whatever they want, whenever they want it, and eliminate money all together. Work if you want to....or not, it doesn't matter. Open all the prisons, eliminate all guns, everybody gets everything every day from your local Federal Gov't Walmart store

    December 27, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. Knucklehead

    Pay close attention this is what these morons we elected have done: created a deadline out of thin air in some kind of misguided attempt to force themselves to act to curb spending. Instead of actually curbing spending. So now the time bomb they set to force themselves to act is about to go off. All self-inflicted. All very principled and ideological. And ignorant and stupid.

    And now, rather than compromise their principles, they will allow taxes to go up on everyone, rather than negotiating (and yes, compromising) a settlement somewhere in between. Let them go up. And quit strangling Social Security and calling it a tax cut. Restore the full employee contribution.

    December 27, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. jrm03063

    I think Rep. Hoyer gives the House GOP credit for more honor and integrity than they have actually shown. Hostage takers around the world are probably offended!

    December 27, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Bill

    Lawmakers are holding hostage:

    -a balanced budget
    -fiscal sanity
    -prevention of runaway inflation
    -jobs
    -a government for the people, by the people, and of the people.

    December 27, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  12. marita

    NICE TALK!! He couldn't find a different way of expressing himself?! Shame on him!! – @Marita.

    December 27, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  13. milkawhat2

    Why is it wrong for ,"Rich, White People' to want to keep what they earned? I don't see too many complaints about the NBA,(Rich, Black people) making OBSCENE amounts of money for playing a game. Wall Street is mostly Democrats, Movie Stars, Hollywood in general, are DEMOCRATS!! Let's just give ole' BoyObama and his crony Liberals EVERYTHING they want, and expect nothing back, and all will be perfect, right? All can be Unionized, all can make the same money no matter what you do. Doctor, Dishwasher, College Professor,NBA All-Star,....everybody gets the same money, everybody gets the same Healthcare. Then everything will be glorious, and ALL will work toward the PERFECT world, right?

    December 27, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Ed1

    When are you stupid people going to wake up. The current Congress was elected two years ago to stop all the out of control spending Obama and his fellow Democrats were doing.

    Guess what they were re-elected again this year to do the same thing.

    I guess stupid is as stupid does.

    House Republicans care more about this Country than any current Democrat in any office that we have now. They don't want our Country to go under but the Democrats want to give everything away and keep spending more than we take in.

    i don't know about how your math works but mine says you can't do that and stay afloat.

    Stop your winning and stop spending money we don't have. If I did that I would be in jail right now.

    December 27, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Daily Llama

    Democrats and their crushing debt agenda will – financially – shoot *everyone's* kids – and THEIR kids, too! – RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES – in the not-too-distant future.

    This "spend whatcha don't have" – spend what you can't possibly pay down!!! – is pure suicide to our economy.

    If Obama's economic plan and reckless spending plans are so brilliant, why has the United States suffered the first decline of it's credit rating in our ENTIRE history?!?

    Why is Greece – playing the almost identical crazy debt and spend game – bankrupt?!?

    Keep it up and the end is nigh ......

    December 27, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. Mr. Mark

    Since Harry Reid and the Demoractic Senate has BROKEN THE LAW by not presenting a budget they should be fired!

    December 27, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. CH

    This whole Republican/Norquist reminds me of Shakespeare. These republicans sold their sould to the devil by signing this Norquist tax pledge against the country. They now know that they did something wrong but they are scare to death as if the devil would claim their souls if they dare to violate the pledge. So the only way out for them is to take the country hostage. They can't wait to let us go over the cliff; then they would come back to make a tax cut deal after the cliff and they would tell Norquist that the tax went up and they cut it back. Who are they fooling Norquist or the Country? Let see what they are going to tell the President tomorrow...

    December 27, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. hoosier1234

    If you just arrived at this comment section, you need go no further.

    Here's a synopsis: Most comments say that Republicans hate everybody and Demoncrats love everybody - except, of course, Republicans, who, they believe, are devils and should be either imprisoned or executed.

    That's about it.

    Yours,
    A Republican Devil

    December 27, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Jack Duggan

    Don't negotiate with the terrorists!

    December 27, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  20. tommyj

    the posters here sound just as civil and forward thinking as the politicians.

    December 27, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  21. Pheziwig

    Hoyer said what I've been thinking for a long time now. I can't tell the difference between the GOP and terrorist organizations any more. These guys want to tie up the legislator like the nazis did in Germany.

    December 27, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  22. craig

    On the internet, Godwin's Law speaks to the idea that eventually any comment thread will include some reference to HItler and the Nazi Regime. Originally the idea spoke to a comment thread becoming "extreme" and saw Nazi Germany as the ultimate "bad guy." I don't think that sort of idea is really in play here, partly because the comparison is actually pretty apt. The GOP has again demonstrated that they will do anything BUT consider the best interests of the American People in pursuit of their own party. That's sad, but it doesn't make it untrue. Stating a case in stark terms doesn't make the case untrue, it just makes it more obvious what's really happening. The House is in vacation mode while we all know significant things need to be addressed. Maybe a better comparison would be with Nero...but too few Americans would understand that one.

    December 27, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  23. FREEDOM

    And what does this guy call Obamacare? Let's shoot our sickly to push an agenda through? Pelosi, Obama, and Justice Roberts need to feel the sting of what they just put into law.

    December 27, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  24. Bill in Pleasanton, CA

    The debt ceiling should be automatically increased. It is the wrong place to put all of the effort. We are all tired of this nonsense.

    On the fiscal cliftt, this grandstanding by Republicans over a few percentage points increase in marginal taxes is stupid. They are going up. Realize this and lets move on. The game is over. Waiting for the Bush rates to expire so you can then vote for reducing the tax rates below $250k is not going to fool anyone. Just accept Obama's position and work on other critical areas for high income families like the expiring estate tax limits or capital gains rates. Think!!!

    December 27, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  25. taxpayer-usa

    impeach them all if they don't do their jobs

    December 27, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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