Hoyer argued that it is a waste of time for the House to consider the bill, H.R. 1363, because the White House has issued a veto threat, and it is not expected to be taken up in the Senate. Hoyer went further by reiterating his charge that Republicans are holding the government "ransom" by effectively demanding $12 billion in cuts over one week as the price for keeping the government open.

"You do it to pretend you want to keep government in operation," he said. "We ought to reject this specious political act which pretends that we want to keep the government open."

In an earlier colloquy, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorIf we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling to retire after end of current term MORE (R-Va.) rejected Hoyer's request to pass a clean continuing resolution, without policy rides, in order to give both parties more time to negotiate.