Hoyer: White House should look to redirect stimulus money

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) wants the White House to look at unspent money from the 2009 stimulus package instead of asking Congress for a new fiscal package.

President Barack Obama on Saturday night wrote to congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation extending tax cuts and add new spending to prevent "hundreds of thousands" teacher layoffs, among other cuts. Obama said that without such measures the economy could "slide backwards."

Hoyer said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that there is "spending fatigue" across the country and that he is encouraging the administration to look at last year's $787 billion stimulus package to see if some money can be redirected.

"I have asked the White House to look at the package we already passed," Hoyer said. "I personally believe if we have dollars not yet expended in the recovery act we could apply to this immediate need."

Centrist Democrats in recent weeks have been more vocal about their concerns that new spending would lead to higher deficits and debt.

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said: "To move without finding other offsets is irresponsible."