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.