Hoyer Says Tax Extenders Imperiled

Posted September 29, 2008 at 11:40am

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) blasted Senate Republicans on Monday for blocking House-passed tax-extender legislation and said there was no plan to come back to revisit the issue once the House adjourns.

“There’s not an intention to do that,” Hoyer said, urging the Senate to pass the House bill. “I’m going to continue to work with [Majority Leader Harry] Reid to see what can be done, even if it’s next year.”

Hoyer did not rule out the House returning later this year but said it would not stay in session after the Wall Street bailout vote on Monday.

“We have adjourned subject to the call of the Speaker,” he said repeatedly when asked if the House would return to address tax extenders after Rosh Hashana.

Hoyer’s comments came after Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) rejected a unanimous consent request this morning by Reid to take up legislation extending tax breaks for renewable energy and the alternative minimum tax.

Senate Republicans have opposed the House-imposed offsets in the package and have accused Democratic leaders of trying to steamroll the GOP without seeking compromise.