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Steny Hoyer Says House Will Cancel Recess Unless Government Reopens

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday the House will cancel its scheduled recess next week unless the partial government shutdown ends and the government is funded.

“If the government is not open, we will not have a recess,” the Maryland Democrat told reporters in a pen and pad briefing with reporters in his Capitol office Tuesday.

Hoyer’s announcement comes after news broke that a number of congressional Democrats spent the weekend on the beaches of Puerto Rico with dozens of lobbyists and corporate executives, despite the partial government shutdown. New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was one of the Democrats spotted at a beach at a resort in Puerto Rico on day 22 of the partial government shutdown. (RELATED: Congressional Democrats Vacationed In Puerto Rico During Government Shutdown)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Steny Hoyer and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin speak to the media following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Democrats also refused to participate in a lunch with President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday. The meeting was planned to discuss a compromise to an end to the partial government shutdown. However, all Democrats who were invited refused to attend.

Trump was on Capitol Hill Wednesday for a meeting with Republican senators to discuss the shutdown and border wall funding. He said Republicans were “unified” after the meeting.

The president also warned Democrats he might declare a national emergency if they cannot come to an agreement soon.

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