Washington (CNN) - After several weeks of news coverage indicating Democrats could be on the verge of losing control of the House of Representatives, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer proclaimed Democrats are a "party on the move," and maintained the more the public learns about what Republicans are proposing, the better Democrats' chances are of keeping their majority.
"No I don't think there's a death knell. I think there's a resurgence of Democrats throughout the country," Hoyer said, responding to a reporter's question about whether recent news stories show a "death knell" for Democrats.
The number two House Democrat mocked news coverage of a generic ballot poll done by Gallup several weeks ago that showed the American people favored Republican candidates over Democratic ones by double digits. He noted that he didn't see the same blaring headlines this week when a the same poll showed the parties were virtually tied.
Although Hoyer's tone was confident about Democrats' chances in November, he admitted that the massive budget deficit is a major issue his party must confront.
"We're going to have to adopt policies and they are going to be tough and we're going to have to look across the board to do that," Hoyer said.
Hoyer also shot down a report that the House would wrap up its work this week and go home early to campaign. He said the House would be in session for at least another week to vote on a must-pass spending measure to fund the government. He said leaders may also schedule votes on some other bills dealing with child nutrition and health problems for those who worked at ground zero after 9/11.
But he conceded that members do want to spend more time in their districts campaigning.
"There's nobody here that doubts that our Members – Republicans and Democrats – would like to be in their districts talking to their constituents," the Maryland Democrat said. "After all, they have to ask them to be re-hired."
The Majority leader sidestepped questions about whether the House would have a vote before the midterm elections on extending the Bush era tax cuts, saying House leaders are waiting to see how the Senate handles the issue. But Hoyer pledged that Democrats won't let tax breaks for middle income earners - those making $250,000 a year or under - expire.
"They should not and will not under our watch receive a tax increase as a result of the Republican policy of phasing out the tax cuts for working Americans," he said.
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