Cantor: No tax increases, denies split with Boehner
July 11th, 2011
04:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Cantor: No tax increases, denies split with Boehner

Washington (CNN) - Before returning to the White House to resume negotiations on a deal to raise the debt ceiling, number two House Republican Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, insisted Republicans will continue to oppose any tax increases as part of deal to raise the debt ceiling, telling reporters, "our members did not come here to raise taxes."

Cantor highlighted the current unemployment rate of 9.2 percent and held up a piece of paper showing a quote from Obama in 2009, when he spoke out against raising taxes in a recession.

"It is counter-intuitive to think you impose taxes on people right now and businesses if you want to get Americans back to work," Cantor said.

Responding to a question about a reported split between himself and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Cantor maintained that the two GOP leaders were "on the same page."

But in a not-so-subtle jab at Boehner's office, the Majority Leader said, "there wasn't a lot of information that was forthcoming" about the discussions between the president and the speaker pertaining to the so-called "grand bargain," a $4 trillion package of entitlement cuts and new revenues that Boehner took off the table over the weekend.

"I know you all love to write the soap opera here," Cantor joked, referring to the split, before repeating that he, Boehner and the GOP conference are all united against any tax increases.

Cantor reiterated what Boehner and other Republican leaders have underlined, that a bill with any new tax hikes won't pass the House.

"That is just an irreconcilable difference, and if the president wants the debt ceiling raised, we're not going to go along and raise that if they want to raise taxes, and that just is what it is," Cantor said.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • Eric Cantor • John Boehner
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  1. BOb the Prairie Dog

    Cut spending. Raise Taxes. Pay off the debt. Why is this so difficult?

    July 11, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  2. Stu Steinberg

    Eric Cantor is a greasy little weasel who lies without compunction. There is not a single piece of empirical data to support the premise that lowering taxes for the rich creates jobs–not one. This continues to be a completely false premise, paid for by Wall Street and corporate lobbyists who are in the daily business of bribing members of Congress and, particularly, members of the Republican Party, including Cantor, Boehner and McConnell. The Bush tax cuts, which the President, unfortunately, agreed to extend, have not created a single job. If you have any research not done for a Tea Party or anti-tax organization, such as Freedom Works (who does not believe in actual freedom) or scumbags like Grover Norquist, please post the link here.

    July 11, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. robert

    “We’re not looking for folks who just have speech capabilities,” quote from Okay Pawlenty which CNN took to mean that it was a swipe at Bachman – NO – more of a swipe against obama – now that he has a record to run on and not just his "speeches".....obama is a one term prez and the dems are happy with the idea that thier party were the first to prop up an african american, which goes a long way to restitution and what the democrats have stood for in the past.

    July 11, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Republican Robber Baron

    Cantor is a useless tool. All he cares about is serving his Big $ Corporatist masters. Keep on peddling the pack of lies about the GOP protecting the "job creators" so they can keep getting special tax perks and loopholes to avoid paying their fair share.
    Just make the middle class pay for everything and cut our Social Security and Medicare...nice job there Eric.

    July 11, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. cal thomas

    If you were looking at another country and saw an organized political group, threatening to destroy the economy and cause an international crisis for a PURELY POLITICAL REASON we we would call them we call them REPUBLICANS

    July 11, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. Dal From California

    So how we are going to raise money? Senator Cantor" By cutting costs." Fine.
    So how are we going to invest in the future? Senator Cantor" By cutting costs. " Great
    So how are we going to pay you? Senator Cantor " By taxing the Middle class and the poor". Excellent idea.

    July 11, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. duckbutter

    ok cut the loop holes....

    July 11, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Mike kern

    Who's in charge of the house boehner Cantor or Grover norquist.

    July 11, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |

    You're not raising taxes,.. just end the Bush tax cuts to the very rich. Cantor is a corrupt weasel of a politician,.. his mission is to protect the interests of the filthy rich, while screwing the middle class and seniors in the process. It would be patriotic if the rich paid their fair share,.. look at the young men and women who give up their lives in conflicts,. to protect our way of life, so that the rich can maintain their wealth and make more money,.. how many rich kids or sons of millionaires are serving in Afghanistan or Iraq?,..Pay your fair share of taxes you rich slobs,.. there is a price to be paid for your protection.

    July 11, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. The Prince of Common Cents


    You cannot have TRILLIONS in spending cuts without generating revenue-there has to be a tax raise on the wealthiest of Americans! Americans have been polled and overwhelmingly support this (especially middle-class Americans).

    July 11, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. Bill from GA

    So the dems say they have cut all they're cutting and cantor, boner & mcconnell say no tax increase. One side has bent all they're going to and the other side has bent NOT AT ALL. How does this get resolved?

    And, let's not forget, the repugs in the House last week voted to INCREASE the military budget. No problem spending more on what repugs want. It's not spending repugs hate; it's spending on middle and low income Americans. We got plenty for the military suppliers. More aircraft carriers, whatever. And let's repair more Humvees in boner's state, even though the military doesn't need them. More cargo planes the military doesn't want, while we're at it.

    July 11, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Billy

    They aren't even raising taxes, they are letting the Bush Tax cuts expire. 98% of the country won't feel a thing. And where are all these jobs that Boehner is talking about when he talks about the "job creators?"

    July 11, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    Raising taxes will cost jobs. Cutting spending will create jobs. Bill Clinton raised taxes by 3 % on the wealthy; 22 million jobs were created. George W. gave back the wealthy their 3 % and 5 million jobs were lost.

    July 11, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. GonzoinHouston

    Wheels within wheels. Cantor, who has always been after Boehner's job, is throwing in with the TP's. Obama is trying to drive a wedge between the TP's and the (dare I say) saner republicans, which could lead to a number of things in the House and even the 2012 election. The democrats have finally copied the GOP's ultimatum tactics to defend SS and Medicare. Obama's only demand is for compromise, which is exactly what most of the population wants in the first place. A few said Pelosi was out of touch when she recently suggested a "clean" hike in the limit, but I wouldn't be surprised if that is exactly what is eventually passed.

    Where is JR Ewing when you need him? You couldn't write a soap opera this good. If it wasn't for the trivial detail of potentially destroying the entire world's economy this would be fun.

    July 11, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  15. Mike

    QUITTER! Maybe he and Palin can run together.

    July 11, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Spankster

    Fascism has come to America draped in a flag and carrying a cross.........

    July 11, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    The problem is not that despicable dirtbags like cantor, boner & mcconnell have so much influence in our government. The problem is that so many Americans are fooled into believing them. Watch fox propaganda network for a few hours. Try the 1PM (eastern) Bash Obama Show. (To be truthful, I once saw a story there about something that they couldn't use to criticize our President. Once!)

    And NO ONE on network, and seldom on CNN, defend good 'ol Barry. Spitzer used to, but he's on the way out. Lesson learned.

    July 11, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. anthony

    Guys like THIS are the reason the divorce rate in America is so HIGH.
    He's the type of man that would never try to "work things out" for the better of the entire family if he cant have his way or has to change the slightest bit for someone else.
    This guy does realize his job is for the people, and not the Party, right? This guy would rather America fail, then to show any signs of cooperation or compromise. Negotiate?? Why are we wasting our time. He obviously isnt going to flinch, and Bohner is starting to realize this. Bohner fears if he has to submit to the Party lines, then Obama will be the only one left in the room looking like an adult.

    Take your ball and go home Cantor.

    July 11, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. Wes B.

    Mr Cantor:

    If you don't want to budge one inch from your position on the matter, why should President Obama and/or the Democrats budge one inch from their position?

    Your constituents may not want tax increases, but the one thing they hate even more is political nonsense like this.

    Block-headedness is not a desirable trait.

    July 11, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. Blackman in America "Cant"or....................if you were really concerned with the debt why on earth did you vote 3 Times for tax cuts for wealthy American's If that is your concern? WHAT a 2faced idoit. Republican's really do NOT mean anyone who works for a living in America any good at all. I have a suggestion Can'tor..............why not eliminate all of the position in Congress that way we can reduce the size of government and let the States run everything, well just keep a President as a soto government head. How bout that, that way with the reduction we can pay off our debt and since we don't need Congress for anything (because they do nothing anyway) everything will be alright?

    July 11, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. Howard Markowitz

    Why is it that T-Party, republican, conservative and just plain right wing politicians refuse to give any reason why taxes shouldn't be modestly increased. That's where the money is. Isn't it like the top 400 wealthiest individuals have around 50% of the wealth in the country? Does a person really need billions or hundreds of milliions to lead a nice cushy life? As the poor and the middle class continue to carry an unfair burden, the rich use their wealth to lobby and influence. It's appalling that many millionaires and billionaires don't pay any taxes at all!


    July 11, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. DA

    The Republican are really doing this so if it happen it will be the first time ever and will be a spot on the President record, however I would caution them to really think about it. This same sort of blocking progress is how they did under Clinton when they cause the Government to shutdown. It back fired and they were voted right out of office. I see the same thing looming here with this issue. They are trying to make the President look bad at the sacrifice of the Country!!!

    July 11, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Howard Markowitz

    correction: Why is it that T-Party, republican, conservative and just plain right wing politicians refuse to give any reason why taxes shouldn't be modestly increased ON THE RICH.

    July 11, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    What about the Bush era tax cuts Republicans extended claiming it would create jobs, hold up that paper Mr. Cantor and while you're at it how about the Ryan Budget proposal you and your fellow Republicans signed.

    July 11, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Blue19

    When one of the richest person in the world, Warren Buffett, supports raising taxes on the wealthy because currently he pays less tax than his secretary, it's time for the GOP to wake up. Let's not forget this is the same party that said they wanted this president to fail. The GOP isn't acting in the best interests of the country and are willing to trash the economy so 1) they continue wil tax cuts to people that don't need it and 2) they can fufill their promise of making the current administration fail at any cost

    July 11, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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