House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer on Tuesday said he will urge Republican leaders to allow a vote in the "very near term" on increasing the nation's borrowing authority, signaling what may be yet another fight brewing over the debt ceiling.
"Do it now. Stop pretending this is a political position on which there are two reasonable positions," said the Maryland Democrat, while meeting with reporters. "There are not."
Hoyer's comments come after Republican Speaker John Boehner has been saying he will insist that any increase in the debt limit must be offset by cuts in spending and tax reforms before the end of the year.
But Hoyer said, "I would urge Mr. Boehner not to use this as a leveraging tool.