Cantor says no to jobs bill spending
September 12th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
8 years ago

Cantor says no to jobs bill spending

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor continued to reach out to work with President Obama on his jobs bill Monday, but emphasized that Republicans are focused on items they support in the plan like the tax breaks and will oppose the administration's request for new federal spending for infrastructure projects.

"Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill is not going to be acceptable to the American people," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

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The number-two House Republican argued that the 2009 stimulus that aimed money at boosting public sector jobs didn't work and instead the GOP wants to target aid to small businesses.

"The fact is we don't have the money and we've got to prioritize and right now it's about getting people back to work," Cantor said.

In addition to throwing cold water on more federal spending to rebuild schools and roads, Republicans pushed back at the president's proposal to limit tax deductions on high end wage earners and close several tax loopholes as the way to pay for his $447 billion jobs package.

"I sure hope that the president is not suggesting that we pay for his proposals with a massive tax increase at the end of 2012 on the job creators that we're actually counting on to reduce unemployment," Cantor said at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill Monday.

House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman also said the White House's proposal to pay for the $447 billion jobs bill was unacceptable.

"It would be fair to say this tax increase on job creators is the kind of proposal both parties have opposed in the past," Michael Steel said in a written statement.

But Steel added Republicans want to find another way to pay for it, "We remain eager to work together on ways to support job growth, but this proposal doesn't appear to have been offered in that bipartisan spirit."

Cantor cited tax credits for employers, reforming aid for the jobless, and passage of the three pending trade deals as areas he sees as ripe for bipartisanship. While he agreed that infrastructure projects were worthy of focus, he said Congress should not be adding new money, but instead streamlining the process for getting current resources to state and local governments.

He repeated his criticism that the president's repeated "pass my bill" message was not sitting well with Republicans.

"I do not think the president's all or nothing approach is something that is constructive," Cantor told reporters, adding, "let's not allow the things his bill that we disagree with to get in the way of producing some results."


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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. I'm For Obama

    Party of "No" strikes again

    September 12, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Lord Bedlam

    Anyone who didn't see this coming has not been paying attention to the 112th Congress. Basically Cantor is not willing to part with any current programs to fund the Jobs bill.

    September 12, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Moderate Sean

    He is just such a clown...the man has not original thought!

    September 12, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Orchid333

    Boy, I love how these guy are only focused on passing their own favorite parts of Prez Obama's bill, yet won't compromise on anything that the Dems want. Notice how they call the wealthiest folks who benefit from all these loopholes that allow them to pay fewer taxes than the average hard-working American, "Job Creators" - um, yeah, if they were real job creators then we wouldn't have over 9% unemployment!! Those "job creators" are sitting on HUGE profits over the last couple of years and still refuse to increase hiring. They're lining their pockets and redesigning their corporate jets while people struggle to feed their families. I think it's time those loopholes are closed, taxes are increased for those who can afford it and bring on more construction jobs & tax breaks for small businesses!! I, for one, would be more inclined to hire extra help for my business if it meant getting a $4k tax break like Obama had proposed.

    September 12, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Sandy

    "The fact is we don't have the money and we've got to prioritize and right now it's about getting people back to work," Cantor said.

    We will have the money if we stopped giving tax breaks to the rich that don't need it. That's what the President is saying!

    September 12, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cantor is truly a crap sandwich without the bread.

    September 12, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Robert

    So, let me get this straight: There's a homeless guy outside my job, and he keeps asking for money... and I'm reaching out to him, but keeping my money and hands in my pockets. Is that about what you're saying, Mr. Cantor?

    September 12, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Yes Virginia, Cantor is an idiot.

    September 12, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Clyde the Slyde

    The Party of "Hell No!" took the whole weekend off before they resumed their rules of standard procedure. The American People may not have such a short memory this election cycle and make the proper adjustments at the ballot box.

    September 12, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. Jess C

    "Bi-Partisan" to the GOP means there must be nothing that flies in the face of supporting their agenda which is to continue to pander to the wealthiest to to pad corporate profits....to hell with the rest of us. I am so pissed at this reaction I'm writing every rep. in my area! Though I'm not surprised at all, the gall to stop jobs creation at this time is beyond comprehension. This needs to show up at the voting booths for sure.

    September 12, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    "Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill is not going to be acceptable to the American people,"
    ---------------------------------------
    Speak for yourself moron. There are 90+ bridges in YOUR district that are under code prick. So I guess we'll just wait for a bus full of kids to fall into the Potomac. Infrastructure spending creates jobs. What part of that don't you fascists understand? The people can see right thru you. If the bill can actually produce jobs, your party is against it because it will look good on the President. We all see the games that you're playing and YOU'RE going to be unemployed next year.

    September 12, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. CTYank

    Both Cantor and Boehner just don't get it. It's all about timing, same as in comedy.
    This is NOT the time for such parsimonious recalcitrance. Let's talk about that once unemployment is down below 5%, and the top 2% have done their little bit to cut "W"'s deficit-maker.
    Seems to me, these guys ARE a poison-pill, thinking their tactic will help in upcoming election. They think we're stupid.

    September 12, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Here we go with the spin machines. One side says it is paid for, while the other side is calling it new spending. But, did you notice that Republicans are all for the things that they like, which they don't consider new spending at all. But, anything the Republicans do not like is "new spending" so they do not even want to talk about it.

    I am glad the President told the Congress, "Pass My Bill." What is he supposed to say? Republicans are offended by that remark. Who cares? We already know Republicans do not care about the American people. What goes around comes around.

    September 12, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. Time for a change

    I think it is time for a change in representation for the state of Virginia. If this guy gets re-elected then the people of his district deserve everything they get or won't get from this small minded little man.

    September 12, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. We ALL Know, Mami

    Hey, I know - let's get the Gov. Good Hair GOP Pres. candidato to weigh in on this...

    I STILL want to know: What DID they tell him about his hair? ("Que le dijieron del pelo?!")

    September 12, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Why? It's simple: It would work....again...andt he GOP can't have that happening before November 2012.

    ""let's not allow the things his bill that we disagree with to get in the way of producing some results." "

    Translation: "We're going to run around like our hair is on fire screaming that it is compromise when we tell you that we should get what we want while you get nothing."

    September 12, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. nobama

    Whatever the Republicans do, they cannot pass it immediately. The first time that Obama wanted something done "right now" was the monsterous stimulus bill with all of those "shovel ready" projects and half a billion dollars to a "cutting edge "green company that is now bankrupt (despite the half a billion of our money). Oh yeah, and one of the Presidents top bundlers had a large stake in that company and was protected from the bankruptcy. Then we got the disastrous ObamaCare that we were told had to passed to find out what is in it. That onion is still being peeled and stinks worse by the layer. Don't fall for this again. Clearly state why you are not passing it right away, that the bill needs to be carefully considered. If the plan was so urgent, why did it take the Pres 2 1/2 years to develop it?

    September 12, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. John

    What are you dumb Republican and Tea Party People Going to do wait until bridges start falling down be for you do something. Or may be a dam break. You Republican and Tea Party won't do anything until people start doing be for you do anything. And than you will blame the President for not doing anything be for It happen.

    September 12, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Luke Brown

    Eric, buddy, you have no clue what the American people want. We need jobs, not your political agenda. Wake up pal or change your name to Herbert Hoover.

    PS ... Tax cuts do not create jobs. How many times do we have to learn this lesson?

    September 12, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. BeStill

    pass the bill. pass the bill. pass the bill. pass the bill. pass the bill. pass the bill. pass the bill. Mr. Obama will win no matter what the opposing folks say, do, or tries to stop. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012 – OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    September 12, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    Why is it always their way or the highway? This is why our president is sinking in the polls. People are sick and tired of these TP thugs acting as if they run our country and dictating their brainless ignorant rants on all of us. I sure hope the people who voted these ignorant unAmerican Klansman into office will realize what a BIG mistake they made and try to undue this damage in 2012. These people really make me sick.

    September 12, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Texas Doc

    Wow,it only took him 4 days to shoot it down. He should have been clearer "Anything that will help the American People we (GOTea: by GOTea I am refering to all Republicans they have forfeited their party to these people) find unacceptable."

    September 12, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. Sissy

    the Republicans do not want the economy to improve. They think it is in their vested interests to have a weak economy so they can stir up the tea party and regain power. And I suppose some of the public might be foolish enough to vote for them – even though they were the ones who cause this economic crisis to begin with. Hopefully people will wise up and start to see that tax cuts for the wealthy does not equate to jobs.

    September 12, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. ObamaCares

    What's new? Virginians, I think he just made it easier for you to pick someone who has the interest of struggling folk at heart, because Cantor is heartless toward you folk.

    September 12, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. EddyL

    What a surprise. Cantor says no to an Obama idea.... Vote this clown OUT.

    September 12, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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