House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that hes confident that Democrats wont lose any votes on the bailout bill, adding that he hoped for significantly more Republican votes.
On our side, I think were not losing potential votes, he said.
The bailout failed by 12 votes Monday, and Hoyers comments suggested that Republicans are expected to come up with the bulk of the vote-switchers.
Hoyer also said Democrats would meet Thursday evening to discuss the bill and the Senates additions.
Changes are possible, he said, but I dont think probable because if you make changes, youre going to slow this process down.
Hoyer also expressed confidence that the Blue Dog Democrats would still vote for the package, despite the Senates inclusion of language to extend tax breaks. The Blue Dogs have insisted on offsets to pay for the extenders, but the Senate did not include offsets. In the long run, Hoyer said, voting for the bailout is the fiscally responsible choice.
They dont like the fact I dont like the fact that the Senate jammed on us the tax extension, he said, but the loss of Blue Dog votes is going to be minimal.
After the morning pen-and-pad session, Hoyer headed to House Minority Whip Roy Blunts (R-Mo.) office.