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June 25, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
When House Speaker John A. Boehner tapped Rep. Eric Cantor to lead the GOP in White House talks to reach a deficit reduction deal, he gave the Virginia lawmaker a chance to shine as a potential future speaker. But Cantor's sudden, stormy departure from the meetings this week, citing an impasse with Democrats over taxes, helped solidify his position as a champion of the conservative right rather than as a negotiator who could achieve a budget compromise. Now, President Obama, Boehner and Senate leaders must resolve the standoff by striking a deal to raise the nation's borrowing limit before a threatened government default in August.
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June 23, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
White House-led deficit reduction talks unraveled Thursday as a top Republican pulled out, putting pressure on President Obama to help resolve an impasse over the key issue holding up a deal: whether to allow new revenue by ending certain tax breaks. The abrupt departure by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader and negotiator for House Republicans, shows just how toxic new taxes are to the GOP — even if the revenue is generated by closing loopholes on corporations or wealthy individuals, as Democrats propose.
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
The White House said Thursday that talks over a long-term deficit-reduction plan are "in abeyance" after Republican House leader Eric Cantor's decision to leave the negotiating table. Briefing reporters on Air Force One as the president traveled to New York, Press Secretary Jay Carney described the latest developments as a transition to a new phase of talks, though he would not say if President Obama would play a more significant role, as Republicans are calling for. "Obviously part of the design of this was to find areas of agreement and common ground and then identify areas of disagreement, which could then be referred to the leaders in Congress, obviously to the president, and [they]
NEWS
June 23, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House majority leader, said Thursday he was pulling out of deficit reduction talks, throwing into jeopardy the ability of the White House-led negotiations to strike a budget deal with congressional leaders by this summer's deadline. Cantor cited an impasse over the tax issue, and pressed President Obama to more forcefully lead the negotiations to a conclusion. "Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases," Cantor said in a statement.
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June 14, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro
Vice President Joe Biden will convene congressional negotiators Tuesday for a stepped-up round of debt reduction talks as the impasse over raising the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt limit enters a crucial period and both sides seek to avoid an unprecedented federal default. With the House and Senate calendars aligned, the next two weeks could offer a productive moment to move closer toward a deal. Democrats and Republicans have indicated an interest in resolving the issue before Aug. 2, when the Treasury Department has said it can no longer pay its obligations.
NEWS
June 13, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Monday tried to put fresh pressure on top Democrats to step up efforts to push Rep. Anthony Weiner out the door. The Virginia Republican repeated his call for Weiner’s resignation and added that Democratic leaders “should do everything they can to bring him to that point, if he’s not already.” Weiner said Saturday that he is taking a leave of absence from the House while he seeks treatment. The New York Democrat is in week No. 3 of a scandal that erupted after he was found to be sending explicit photos of his body parts to women he met through his Twitter account.
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May 23, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
The House majority leader said Monday he would welcome a presidential run from Rep. Paul Ryan, the architect of the Republican plan to privatize Medicare, adding that he expects to see the GOP’s presidential contenders embrace the Ryan budget proposal as they seek the White House. “What Paul Ryan is about is real leadership,” said Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader. The Medicare privatization plan has become a political lightning rod for Republicans as polls have shown Americans are reluctant to make dramatic changes to the popular healthcare program for seniors.
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February 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Michael Muskal, Washington Bureau
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.
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February 9, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
President Obama will host House Republican leaders for lunch on Wednesday, one week before the White House releases its budget recommendations that will frame the partisan debate in Washington. Obama's invitation to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy comes days after a previously unannounced lunch between the president and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last Friday. "The president will have a chance to talk through with them many of the things that he outlined in the State of the Union.
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February 8, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- Funding for President Obama's healthcare law will be stripped from legislation to keep the government running for the remainder of the fiscal year, a House GOP leader said Tuesday, setting up a showdown with Senate Democrats and the White House that could risk a government shutdown. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the majority leader, said he expected the spending bill the House intended to approve next week will be amended to prohibit funds for the healthcare overhaul, the signature achievement of the president and congressional Democrats.
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