Hoyer asks GOP to be 'constructive' and join budget-enforcement agreement

In praising an agreement reached this week on statutory pay-go legislation, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) asked Republicans to back the budget enforcement effort in the Senate.

Hoyer said the deal reached between senior Democrats in Congress and the White House would help reduce the record budget deficit and restore fiscal discipline.

"I hope Republicans will choose to be a part of offering constructive solutions for addressing the fiscal challenges facing our nation," he said in a statement. "It has received bipartisan support in the past, and I hope that it will receive bipartisan support in the Senate and the House."

Republicans have criticized the Democrats' pay-go plan, saying that it contains too many loopholes. Some Senate Democrats, including Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) previously criticized the House bill. Conrad, though, was part of the negotiations with the White House.

Under the deal, the Senate would pass pay-go legislation similar to the one passed in the House in June. The Maryland Democrat issued his statement after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed the pay-go amendment Friday afternoon.

The agreement also cleared the way for President Barack Obama to appoint a fiscal commission, a proposal also opposed by Republicans who say that the panel would have little impact.


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