Democratic Whip on Hill: 'We're Doing Stupid Things'
Steny Hoyer sums things up on Capitol Hill
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 5, 2013 3:19 PM CST
House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer of Md. gestures during a news conference, Dec. 27, 2012.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Democratic leaders say they won't try to block a GOP spending bill to fund the government, despite taking issue with its contents. "We're not whipping at this time," Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters, according to the Hill and Politico. The reason? Because Democrats don't want a government shutdown. "A shutdown is stupid policy," Hoyer said. "But the sequester is stupid policy. We’re doing stupid things here."

Republicans yesterday unveiled a plan to avoid a shutdown, with a bill that would undo some of the sequester cuts for the Defense Department and Veterans' Affairs, Reuters reports. Democrats say the bill doesn't do enough to protect domestic programs, but it looks like it will pass even without their help. In the Senate, meanwhile, Democrats are preparing to present their first budget in years, Roll Call reports. Patty Murray will unveil and mark up the bill next week.

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BarackMustGo
Jan 22, 2014 11:30 AM CST
Truth be told, Democrats six year jungle fever has finally broken, now that Obama's shiny exterior has been tarnished beyond repair. They will do just about anything to distance themselves from him, and his hate mongering, race baiting agenda. They fool no one but their fellow fools, as to the reason for their new found reasonableness.
BenDunn
Mar 7, 2013 8:49 AM CST
Democrats are preparing to present their first budget in years, Finally, DO your job Democrats!
Person12345
Mar 6, 2013 10:09 AM CST
Of course they're doing stupid things. They are stupid old farts who have no idea what life is like away from their offices in Washington and away from their multi million dollar homes. Remember when elder Bush didn't know what a upc code was at the store? It's 100 times worse than that now.