The No. 2 House Democrat on Friday cited Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels's (R) call for a "truce" on social issues as a reason the GOP should drop controversial riders from legislation to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) name-checked Daniels, apparently looking to use the potential GOP presidential candidate against House Republicans.
Hoyer voiced a similar argument later on MSNBC, again naming Daniels.
Daniels is regarded as a fiscal hawk, and served as budget director in former President George W. Bush's White House. He's mulling his own run for president, and has called for a "truce" on the social issues, including abortion, that often dominate debate in Republican primaries.
Hoyer's mention of Daniels comes because of riders — policy measures contained in the hotly debated spending bill — that would cut federal support to Planned Parenthood and curtail some of the Environmental Protection Agency's regulatory powers.
Democrats have blamed those riders for holding up a deal before Friday night's deadline.