Hoyer calls on McConnell to back House bills to reopen government amid shutdown

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDemocrat accuses GOP of opposing DC statehood because of 'race and partisanship' News outlets choose their darlings, ignore others' voices Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE (D-Md.) on Sunday called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.) to take up Democratic bills to reopen parts of the government as a partial shutdown stretches into its third week.

Hoyer argued Democrats have already compromised in shutdown talks by passing bills last week that were approved in the Republican-held Senate in December. He said Democrats in the House will introduce legislation in the coming week that would individually reopen each agency.

"What we ought to do is open up the government first. And that’s what we’re going to do," Hoyer said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "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."

ADVERTISEMENT

Hoyer said Democrats will vote in the coming week on bills that would individually reopen the Treasury and IRS as well as the Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development and Interior departments so that Americans can get tax refunds, receive food and housing aid and access parks amid the debate over President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE's proposed border wall.

Parts of the government have been shut down for 16 days and counting as Trump calls for $5 billion for his desired wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats have offered $1.3 billion for border security, but have said they will not give money for the wall.

The two sides have remained dug in, raising the prospect of a long-term shutdown.

McConnell has said the Senate will not vote on the bills passed by the House unless Trump indicates he will sign them.