House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that the details of the multiyear budget deal that is being worked out between House and Senate budget negotiators remains sketchy, but that he does not like what he has heard so far about the proposal.
Mr. Hoyer said on CNBC”s “Squawk Box” that Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a fellow Maryland Democrat and ranking member of the House Budget Committee, has been kept out of the budget talks between the leaders of the House and Senate budget committees — Sen. Patty Murray, Washington Democrat, and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican.
“So, really nobody knows what the parameters of the alleged agreement or deal is,” Mr. Hoyer said.
Mr. Hoyer pointed out that some conservative groups, including Heritage Action, are also raising concerns about the rumored deal between Mr. Murray and Mr. Ryan because it is said to include new revenues and to replace the automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester, with alternative savings.
The budget negotiators are working to strike a deal that would set spending levels through 2015 and are considering generating new revenue by raising fees on airline ticket purchases. Republicans also have pushed to increase the amount of money that federal employees pay into their pensions — a proposal that Mr. Hoyer has strongly opposed.
Mr. Hoyer said he thinks that Congress should pass a bigger deal.
“We are talking about a very small niche in what we ought to be doing,” he said.