December 27th, 2012
05:31 PM ET
10 years 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.

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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)

    Hoyer should be ashamed of his suggestion "to someone threatening to shoot a child hostage" It is clear in my mind that he is exploiting the unfortunate deaths of the 20 children and 6 adults for his political gain. His insensitivity should be punished and perhaps it will be by the voters. One can only hope.

    December 28, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Canadian John wrote on page 9:

    Let's now remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a household budget:

    * Annual family income: $21,700
    * Money the family spent: $38,200
    * New debt on the credit card: $16,500
    * Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
    * Total budget cuts so far: $38.50

    Got It ??.......OK now,
    But, you have to realize that the problem didn't exist until the wage earner went to his boss, demanded a cut in pay, and then came home and nearly doubled the annual spending over he span of 8 years.

    So the family kicked the wage earner out. Next thing you know, the former wage earner is knocking that front door blaming the his replacement for fixing the problems fast enough. Got It ??? OK, now?

    December 28, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. rob

    You really put it into perspective. The realty is frightening, we have a runaway federal Govt machine that is driving us into oblivion and cannot controll itself. This past election was the most blatently deceptive one in history. The media would not and still won't give us the truth about our predicament.

    December 28, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. callmecrazy

    Actually John, the cliff will be the equivalent of cutting the family spending and getting a raise using your analogy. Lets do it.

    Seriously, I get your point, but to use another analogy, it takes two to tango. They should have resolved this issue two years ago, but republicans would not go along with it. To accept a deal now means they will get the same things as they would have then, but we could have been benefiting from it all this time. That would be the equivalent of admitting they were wrong. They won't do it, so we are going over.

    December 28, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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