February 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The second-ranking Republican in the House, in a speech Tuesday intended to unveil a new strategy for the politically hobbled party, cast the GOP as an advocate for improving the lives of working Americans even as he reaffirmed its insistence on balancing the federal budget. The heavily promoted address by Majority Leader Eric Cantor marked the latest attempt by a Republican to reframe the party's postelection agenda. And it was the most significant to date by a leader of the institution Americans see as the epicenter of political dysfunction: Congress.
February 9, 2011 |
The top Republicans in the House of Representatives dined with President Obama on Wednesday, and the menu was dominated by talk on the economy, budget deficits, regulatory reform and trade. Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Rep. Kevin McCarthy, of California, had lunch with the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Chief of Staff Bill Daley. There were no concrete agreements, but both sides said the session was agreeable. “It was a very good lunch, and we were able to find enough common ground, I think, to assure the American people that we are willing to work on their behalf and willing to do it together,” Boehner, of Ohio, told reporters after the luncheon.
April 7, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Republican Jeb Bush knew that calling illegal immigration an "act of love" was going to light up the political world even before he made the unorthodox comment, and then he did it anyway. The former Florida governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender served up a tough-love message to his party, which has tried but largely failed to soften its often rough tone against immigrants. "We need to get beyond the harsh rhetoric to a better place," he said over the weekend during a 25th anniversary celebration of his father's presidency at the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum in Texas.
October 1, 2013
Re "Phone call a shift in tone for U.S., Iran," Sept. 28 As the historic personal phone contact between our Nobel Peace Prize-winning president and the newly elected Iranian president reduces tensions between our two countries and offers a glimmer of hope for resolution of the nuclear issue (not to mention peace and understanding), Republican leaders like House Majority Leader Eric Cantor can do nothing but blast President Obama for what he didn't accomplish. This constant negativity is getting tiresome and raises the question of whether Republicans have the vision and capacity to be anything but an opposition party.
June 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders set a vote in two weeks to repeal the nation's healthcare law -- a largely symbolic act that is not be expected to go anywhere in the Democratic-led Senate. House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the vote will be July 11. "The House will once again vote to repeal ObamaCare," the leader said in a tweet. House Republicans already voted to get rid of the law in one of their first acts after taking the majority in 2011. They had promised another vote after the Supreme Court decision.
June 12, 2009 |
The No. 2 Republican in the House likened President Obama's plans for the auto industry to the policies of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, saying the White House has stripped credit holders of rights and given them to Democratic allies. "They said, 'Set aside the rule of law, let's strip secured creditors, bondholders, of their rights. Take them away outside of the bankruptcy process and give them to the political cronies and the auto workers' unions," Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.
June 23, 2011 |
Top Republican leaders backed House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's departure from bipartisan deficit negotiations, and in an orchestrated way insisted that President Obama must take over the negotiations. "I would expect to hear from him," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). "That's the president's job," said Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader in the Senate. "He needs to lead. " Boehner said the talks could resume if tax hikes are off the table. While all sides had expected Obama and Boehner would eventually negotiate the final agreement, Cantor's abrupt departure cuts short the talks at a critical moment, interjecting an air of uncertainty.
April 19, 2011 |
The guest list at Vice President Biden's powwow with Congressional leaders may be thinner than the White House expected. Republican leaders announced Tuesday afternoon that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) would represent the GOP at the May 5 gathering at Blair House to begin talks on a long-term deficit reduction plan. "Sen. Kyl is a key member of our leadership team and a senior member of the Finance Committee. He understands both the urgency of the debt crisis and the need for a significant effort to reduce that debt before any successful vote on the debt ceiling increase," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
February 28, 2011 |
House Republican leaders said Monday they intend to support the Defense of Marriage Act after the Obama administration announced last week it would no longer legally defend the law, which it considers unconstitutional. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is reviewing ways to provide legal support for the law, a spokesman said. The House could file friend-of-the-court briefs or take other steps. "All available options are under discussion," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.
February 7, 2013
Re "House leader seeks to reframe GOP agenda," and "GOP eases stance on immigration," Feb. 6 If the average American family has access to good infrastructure and affordable medical care, education and housing, their lives will improve dramatically. If House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is serious about helping, he will stop his implacable opposition to Obamacare and infrastructure improvements and end Republicans' efforts to gut Medicare and Social Security to fund tax breaks.