The Washington Times - April 12, 2011, 01:06PM

The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday he’s uncertain if he or his caucus will support the fiscal 2011 spending deal struck late Friday between the White House and congressional leaders.

House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, said that because details of the plan weren’t released until early Tuesday morning, lawmakers haven’t had time to sift through the massive document.


“I don’t think either side has had an opportunity to review it fully,” Mr. Hoyer said during his weekly briefing with Capitol reporters. “My presumption is [Republican leaders] aren’t sure where their people are, and we haven’t asked our people where they are at this point in time.”

“We’ll have to see first of all what the specifics are of the legislation,” he added.

Mr. Hoyer said President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, “made a bad situation less bad” during negotiations with Republican leaders to keep government agencies funded through the rest of the current fiscal year, which runs through the end of September.

A temporary spending bill expires at midnight Friday.