The number two Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, has publicly opposed a White House’s draft executive order that would require government contractors to disclose their political contributions as well the contributions of their employees.
“I am not in agreement with the administration on that issue,” Hoyer said. “It’s not a requirement now. I don’t think it ought to be a requirement . . . . The issue of contracting ought to be on the merits of the contractor’s application and bid and capabilities.” He added that there are “serious questions as to what implications there are if somehow we consider political contributions in the context of awarding contracts.”