House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerProgressives look to flex their muscle in next Congress after primary wins Lawmakers of color urge Democratic leadership to protect underserved communities in coronavirus talks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump to Democratic negotiators: 'They know my phone number' MORE (D-Md.) indicated Congress will act on the two biggest priorities in President Obama's two top priorities -- long-term budgetary stability and energy efficiency -- this year.

Hoyer called items like healthcare, tied to the long-term health of the economy, as well addressing energy and the environmental "priority items that we want to move this year" during a Thursday morning during an appearance on "Morning Joe."

"We're going to have to take the medicine here," Hoyer said of the overall difficult decisions facing the country.

"I think the president in his speech Tuesday night was pretty clear that we're not going to tolerate giving money to people who waste it," Hoyer said of Obama's speech, and more recent reports of bailed-out firms having wasted taxpayer money.

"We have not seen what we wanted to see," he added. "Hopefully, Secretary Geithner and the Congress see to it that responsibility is attendant to getting assistance."