Hoyer Uncertain About Supplemental’s Passage

Posted June 16, 2009 at 11:31am

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday expressed doubt that Democratic leaders have the votes to pass the $105.9 billion war supplemental.“I think we have the votes. Confident might overstate it,— Hoyer said at his weekly press conference. The supplemental spending bill is scheduled for debate Tuesday and will be voted on later Tuesday or Wednesday, he said.Democratic leaders have been scrambling to secure enough votes on the supplemental spending bill, which faces opposition from a bloc of 51 anti-war Democrats and, potentially, from all Republicans, who oppose the bill’s billions in spending for the International Monetary Fund. All combined, those lawmakers have enough votes to block the bill.The House initially passed the war supplemental in May with 368 Members voting for it. Of those, 200 were Democrats and 168 were Republicans.