The ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Sunday that if Democratics aren't willing to act on extending the Bush-era tax cuts before leaving for campaign recess, they might as well step aside.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), appearing on "Fox News Sunday," blamed the Senate for obstructing movement on the tax cuts while acknowledging "I doubt we will" get to the extension before leaving.

"The Senate has refused to move forward on that issue," Hoyer said. "It would be a specious act" for the House to rush to extend the cuts. He added that Democrats would "absolutely" get to the tax cuts before the end of the year.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) fired back with a statement calling the Democrats' move "embarrassing" and accusing the party of being more concerned about winning midterm elections "while abdicating their responsibilities as members of Congress."

"Every Democrat in Congress should be appealing to Speaker Pelosi to allow this vote before adjourning," Issa said.

"If Congressional Democrats refuse to put the interests of the American people ahead of politics, they should just resign, because this whole thing is disgraceful."