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Hoyer: Trump Impeachment Talk a 'Distraction'

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Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 06 January 2019 01:15 PM

Calls for impeachment from some House lawmakers are a “distraction” from the Democrats’ agenda on wages and healthcare, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Sunday.

In an interview on NBC News’ “Meet The Press,” Hoyer dismissed the talk that has included a profanity-laced vow from freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., enraging conservatives.

“I think that impeachment talks right now are [a] distraction,” he said. “We’ll have to see what the Mueller report says. [House Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi, D-Calif.] and I have both said that. We have voted that way on the floor."

“What we want to do is concentrate on our substantive agenda… focus on wages and healthcare, all those issues we campaigned on,” he added.

Hoyer also called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring up bills passed by the House that would reopen shuttered government agencies while negotiations continued on President Donald Trump’s demand for a border wall to bolster security.

What kind of a wall — whether it’s concrete or steel — “will be discussed, Hoyer said, but not until the government is open.

"What we ought to do is open up the government first,” he said, according to The Hill. 

“And that’s what we’re going to do. I would hope that Sen. McConnell would take the responsibility as the leader of the co-equal branch of government, the legislative branch, and send this to the president."

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