Cantor: No tax increases, denies split with Boehner
July 11th, 2011
04:50 PM ET
2 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
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. C. Howe Yulikit

    Cantor should wear a sign around his neck that reads "I am completely useless", because he is.

    July 11, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. David

    Who is this Cantor fool anyway, who cares what his opinion is, you don't speak for the people (you certainly were not voted in by the public), your opinion means nothing so just go away.

    July 11, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Oregon Calling

    Ok, who's his daddy? The party of NO strikes again.

    Peace :-)

    July 11, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. payback

    ....Riddle, me this. With all the tax cuts, Why isn't their zero, unemployment?...............................................

    July 11, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Clwyd

    Cantor is nuts. Boehner is nuts. Gingrich is nuts. Bachmann is nuts. Palin is nuts. The pizza salesman (Cain) is nuts. All the republicans are simply put-Crazy, loony tunes.

    July 11, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Suppose anyone knows which members of the House will get voted out next year? Remember, their buddies give them money, WE VOTE. If you make less than $500,000/ year, vote DEMOCRAT.

    July 11, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  7. Thankfully Independent

    I have no doubt that Little Eric wants Big John's job. The only question is: will he wait for it or will he try to oust Boehner? I bet on the later.

    July 11, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Tax increases will have little or NO impact on jobs, whatsoever. That is a myth.

    July 11, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    BOb the Prairie Dog
    Cut spending. Raise Taxes. Pay off the debt. Why is this so difficult?
    __________________________________________________________________________________________
    Raising taxes would allow the government to continue getting larger and resist spending cuts. That's not what we need right now. We need government to operate within the real limits set by the nation's economy. Taking more resources out of the economy by raising taxes is exactly opposite of the real answer for what needs to happen. The government would get larger and the economy would get smaller. Wrong direction.

    July 11, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. rob

    @Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It was President Obama who signed the extension when it was passed by a Democrat Lame Duck Congress. Obama claimed he had to do it to creat jobs. All of a sudden the WH says and the media parrots Obama is for a BIG DEAL of 4 trillion in Deficit reduction??? Obama is the one whose back is against the wall on this, he has been warned about the credit rating if we don't fix our long term debt problem. Thats why Geitner, Obana, Daley et al are screaming about catastrophy. The problem for the country is the Dems would have Republicans raise taxes first then we can reform entitlements later, it never happens later.

    The Republicans should continue to call Obama's bluff, he will cave, he has to.

    July 11, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  11. Thom

    Only in this country can the rebublicans brainwash a certain
    segment of the population that taking away all of your rights and benefits that you've worked so hard for and paid into
    such as social security will benefit you. these republicans have no shame in telling you ball faced lies right in front of your faces. Go ahead and vote against your own interests. I'll assume it's you thats
    sleeping under bridges with your grandparents once they take away their medicare benefits. This country is getting unbelievably stupid.

    July 11, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    If the People of the United States or the government of the United States were looking at these problems in the XYZ Country, they would be talking about how both parties need to grow up and do a match of spending cuts and revenue increases and yet in our country with us headed down that road the members of congress are playing chicken with the future of our country. I think this says it all. The house is on fire. Do we call the Fire Dept located 2 blocks North of us, the Fire Department 2 blocks South of us or the Fire Department directly across the street?

    July 11, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. Joe

    The Republicans were so eager to raise the dept limit 7times for Bush but like to play politics with a Democratic President. Republicans promised jobs but has not come up with one job bill to pass, where are the Jobs Mr. Boener? It's very obvious that the Repubs are for the rich protecting the rich and mix truth with lies to get their votes and now they are making the voters believe that the Democrats want to raise taxes on the American people but actually the truth is the Democrats want to raise taxes on the rich, and most news networks fail to address this so also letting the public think the Democrats want to raise taxes on the American people. It all boils down to the Republicans want to make the Obama Presidency to fail, I'm voting them out in 2012.

    July 11, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  14. Shannon

    Republican seem bent on destroying America in order to protect the rich. They seem to worry more about what we don in our bedrooms than getting our fiscal house in order. Michele Bachman and Rick Santourim are even talking about how wonderful slavery was for black children. I wonder if they get the presidency, if they will propose that we bring it back. These people are so out of touch with reality, it's a wonder we've made it this far.

    July 11, 2011 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. thomas

    The Eric Cantor, blue blood , blue dog conservatives ordered three trillion dollars of freedom fry s for the American people , now he's complaning about sturated fat !

    Cantor betting short on America !

    July 11, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. catmom

    What American people are they listening to? Most Americans that I know of and reading the various blogs want the rich to pay their fair share. They see that the tax cuts these people have received for the past 12 years have not created jobs, why would we think they will start creating jobs now? Most American people also don't see what the point of giving oil subsidies to the oil companies when they are making record profits. Most American people that I know of have no problems seeing the millionaires in Congress, the Kardashians, Lindsey Lohan, Tiger Woods and athletes and movies stars who can drop a middle class persons entire yearly salary on a shopping spree paying a little more in taxes than middle class Americans.

    July 11, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. mike

    Cantor is a useless slave to the rich and wealthy. why should we even listen to him. He doesnt give a rats ass about ordinary american..not one iota. He can be bought and sold to the highest bidder. What more can the president do 4 to 1 ratio of spending vs revenue..These guys are absolute morons. even the average joe knows that if you are in debt you have to reduce your expenses AND get some more money into the bank (i.e work more etc etc etc) It doesnt take a genius to figure it out, but unfortunately we are not looking at geniuses here but rather total self indulgent fools and believe me it will come back to bite them hard!

    July 11, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. John

    Just tell me how signing a pledge with the Conservative Group Is not against the Law. You Republican have all Ready took a OATH when you were Elected Into Office To Sever all American People. It should be against the LAW to sign a Pledge to any Special Group. This Is not right. Republican or Democrats when Elected took a OATH to sever all American People and best sever America. Signing a pledge should be against the law ,because you all ready took a OATH. And Keeping This Pledge is meaning you are not severing all of the American people. So all you Republican have broking your OATH you took when you took office. And Rising tax will have little or no Impact on JOBS. For over SIX years now you Republican have say that giving tax cuts to the Rich would bring more JOBS, well It doesn't work and It never will work. Stop just worry about this Conservative group and start worrying about all AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    July 11, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America

    "We need government to operate within the real limits set by the nation's economy."

    More GOBPbagger lies from one of our leading CNN propagandists for the extreme right wing teatards. In fact, history teaches us that in bad economic times like today and the Depression, government needs to INCREASE spending to increase demand. Tax cuts don't create jobs, as has been proven by Bush over the last decade. Demand for goods and services creates jobs. This is all basic history. Learn it.

    July 11, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Ernest Toledano

    For years big companies have had the "republicans family discount" and no jobs were created, jobs were shipped overseas and since this recession started they benefit with big profits. My question is: If they have so many profits why they do not create jobs now?. Raise taxes to them in order to balance the budget is a necessity,cutting Social Security benefits is not for negotiations. I do not see any big company creating jobs, I see big companies benefiting for tax loopholes not paying their share.

    July 11, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Roscoe

    Cut spending, close loop holes, raise taxes to Clinton levels and get the US back to happy days again. If you love America, it's that simple....if you love the republican party more than the country, then you dig in and go for US bankruptcy. Of course, you don't have any idea of how bad things will get when bankruptcy is achieved. If you let it happen, you can flush republican party into the tea party sewer.

    July 11, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. LAUGHABLE!!

    Why can't they tell it like it is? It's not a tax increase. It is the EXPIRATION of a TEMPORARY tax break!!

    Ever get a new credit card with 0% or 3.99% interest for the first year? You know darn well it's going to expire...no ifs, ands, or buts. The temp tax breaks should be the same way. You had your relief. Now pay up.

    July 11, 2011 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. KDenver

    "Four"- call it what it is, please. Cutting tax loopholes is not "raising taxes". I read your posts on here all the time, you are the king/queen of Fox news talking points, especially the fear-inducing ones (raising taxes, oh my gosh! He's a socialist? Oh my gosh!). Repeating lies enough does not make them true, you are still lying.

    July 11, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  24. JohnRJohnson

    sonny chapman: "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."

    I don't know why more people aren't aware of this rather simple and well-reported fact. Businessowners do NOT hire more employees just because they pay less taxes. They hire when there is increased demand for their products. Regardless of the tax rate they're paying, the net income goes up when sales go up. If the middle class doesn't have any money to spend, sales go down. In the last 20 years, wages for low and middle income families have actually decreased, while executive income has increased many fold. Poor people don't pay taxes, and there are more of them now than there were just ten years ago. More than 16% of the population is living at or below the poverty line, while the wealthy have seen their share of national wealth increase by more than 250%. We've just seen the largest transfer of wealth in human history, and it all went from the middle class to the rich.

    July 11, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. bill

    Cut out obamacare.

    July 11, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
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