House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said lingering bitterness over how Democrats passed the healthcare reform law has made Republicans resistant to compromise on the debt ceiling.
Hoyer, speaking on CNBC, said he thought part of the reason Republicans have refused to compromise with Democrats on the debt-ceiling package was because of how House Democrats pushed through the Obama administration's healthcare law.
"I think that's accurate," Hoyer said Friday. "I don't think healthcare was handled the way it should've been, but let me tell you why: There was an openness to compromise, but the Republicans said, 'Look, we don't like your plan, we're not going to go there at all,' " Hoyer said.
"It was no, no, no, 100 percent [from Republicans], so there was no attempt to bipartisan participation," Hoyer said.
Hoyer said some Democrats have been frustrated with how quick their colleagues and the White House have been to concede to Republicans in negotiations on a compromise deal.
"An awful lot of people on our side of the aisle think the president and the Democrats have gone way too far toward the Republicans already," Hoyer said. "So we keep moving every day, every week, every month and we don't get there. The Republicans walk out of the room."
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) tried to pass his debt-ceiling increase proposal through the House on Thursday but failed to win enough Republican votes to push it through without support from Democrats. GOP leaders hope to try again on Friday.
Watch Hoyer below.