Number two House Democrat undecided on his budget deal vote
April 12th, 2011
01:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Number two House Democrat undecided on his budget deal vote

Washington (CNN) – President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may have signed onto the budget deal with House Speaker John Boehner on Friday night, but the number two House Democrat hasn't made up his mind yet.

House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday he was still reviewing the legislation with his staff. Details of the spending cuts for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year were unveiled shortly before 2 a.m. ET on Tuesday and Hoyer, who is responsible for rounding up votes, said he hasn't begun asking House Democrats yet whether they will vote for the deal.

"I think the President and Mr. Reid made a bad situation less bad," Hoyer said at his weekly session with reporters.

A longtime proponent of voting rights for Washington, D.C., the Maryland Democrat said he was not consulted on the provisions of the bill that bar the District of Columbia from being able to spend any money, even its own, on abortions for low- income women. Hoyer said he opposed that provision and stressed that Democrats still believe D.C. should be able to decide how to spend its own budget.

"There are a number of things in this agreement that I don't like. There are a number of things that the President didn't like and Harry Reid didn't like, but again, that's the definition of compromise," Hoyer said.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office announced Tuesday morning that the vote on the spending bill was moved from Wednesday to Thursday in order to give members three calendar days to review the bill.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Yeah. That's compromise. Give and get nothing in return. I swear you democrats better grow a pair and starts fighting back or it's going to be armageddon for the middle class. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! These fascists republicans are waging a war on the middle-class and no one is doing anything to stop it. A second American Revolution is on the horizon.

    April 12, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. terry,va

    Vote it down and SHUT IT DOWN. Obummie will look like a fool.

    April 12, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "I think the President and Mr. Reid made a bad situation less bad," Hoyer
    --------------------------------------------------

    Then fall in line, stfu, and vote with YOUR President.
    I am so sick and tired of the dissenting voices within the Democratic Party.
    When will they learn that this is exactly what sets the stage for the Rethugs to spread confusion and division. The Democrats aiding and abetting is NOT helping the President lower the nation's stupid factor.

    April 12, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Steny, who? Hoyer? Anybody ever heard of this guy before? He's been the Majority Leader in the House until this year. Ever heard of him? I have been asking people this question a lot over the past couple of years. People who pay attention to DC politics, but do not have their ear to the ground. Ya know, the average voter, someone who knows who a candidate is and what the candidates stands for. They know what the issues are. They actually real facts, and can recognize hype, lies and rhetoric.

    I am talking about people who are familiar with names like Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, and of course McCain. They are very familiar with names like Pelosi and Reid, but not Steny Hoyer. Rep. Hoyer, you have an image and visibility problem.

    April 12, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    Hoyer is a fool. He would rather spend into oblivion than cut 2.5% of a budget that he was not able to pass when his party controlled the House and Senate. Euthanasia anyone?

    April 12, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    "There are a number of things in this agreement that I don't like. There are a number of things that the President didn't like and Harry Reid didn't like, but again, that's the definition of compromise," Hoyer said.
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Yeah, and there are 14 trillion things the American taxpayer doesn't like about the way Washington politicians have been managing our country. Sorry, but we are demanding better performance. The days of unchecked borrowing and spending in Washington are over. You have shocked us into paying attention now. Adding $2 trillion a year to national debt has become our breaking point. Thank Obama and Reid for finding it for us.

    April 12, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. gt

    sorry steny you dont have the votes... just swallow hard and like it....

    April 12, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Rep. Hoyer, you keep losing the current fights because you keep gearing up to fight the last one. You think you are correcting your past mistakes, when in fact you are simply keep repeating them over and over.

    April 12, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |