Cantor opposes fiscal cliff bill
January 1st, 2013
03:27 PM ET
1 year ago

Cantor opposes fiscal cliff bill

Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday he opposes the Senate version of the fiscal cliff bill, as the hours wind down for the House to vote on a deal that would avert a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts.

"I do not support the bill," Cantor told reporters while leaving a House GOP meeting.

After the Senate passed the legislation in the early hours of the morning with 89 senators in favor of the deal, the ball is now in the House's court to act.

Cantor said no decisions have been made on the bill and leaders are looking for the best path forward.

House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy both declined to answer questions as they emerged from the meeting.

Spokesmen for Boehner and Cantor said in identical statements that the speaker and the leader "laid out options to the members and listened to feedback" in the meeting.

"The lack of spending cuts in the Senate bill was a universal concern amongst members in today’s meeting. Conversations with members will continue throughout the afternoon on the path forward," the statements read.

Meanwhile, several members said they were unsure whether the House would vote Tuesday.


Filed under: Eric Cantor • Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    The Senate republicans voted for this... Once again the house republicans are insistent to screw the bunch of us just to hurt Obama.

    January 1, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Catherine Max

    Can we cut off his tiny balls and shove them in his stupid mouth? What a friggin' idiot!! Hopefully the "leadership" of the GOP will tell him to STFU!

    January 1, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. jefflz

    What else would you expect from this Tea Party Ayn Rand fundamentalist? Something different from the way the Taliban behaves? Not likely.

    January 1, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    That was expected.

    January 1, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. librich

    Good for Cantor. I don't have a problem with the tax increases–the Bush rates were never realistic. But reductions in government spending are mandatory. It is an obscenity that our government can't cut back, and no citizen–at any income level–should sit still for more increases to the military budget and more insolvency in our social programs. Time to take a stand against Big Brother.

    January 1, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Facts don't Lie

    personally I am sick of the whole BUNCH of them. 2014 can't get here soon enough votes these clowns OUT and take their teapots with them.

    January 1, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. cocosegura

    In two years GOP will be a regional Party, that´s for sure...

    January 1, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Scott Cross

    It's clear to me the GOP is operating under the delusion that the 2010 electorate is reflective of the 2012 electorate. Republicans better start understanding that the electorate is changing because Americans are sick of party politics being a barrier to progress! Keep it up GOP and you will see next year just how fed up Americans are with your games...

    January 1, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. GOP Hypocrites

    If you want spending cuts, then all Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire. ReTHUGs get their spending cuts in the form of the sequester and DIMs get their tax increases on everybody. America wins as it will be sailing toward a path of fiscal responsibility. The road might be bumpy with the sudden tax increases and cuts, but at least the tea party will shut up about debt.

    January 1, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Time to charge Cantor and other obstructionist tea people with treason. They WILL be Voted out next election

    January 1, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. Mike

    Let's screw him and other GOP in 2014.

    January 1, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. edog

    librich

    Good for Cantor. I don't have a problem with the tax increases–the Bush rates were never realistic. But reductions in government spending are mandatory. It is an obscenity that our government can't cut back, and no citizen–at any income level–should sit still for more increases to the military budget and more insolvency in our social programs. Time to take a stand against Big Brother.
    -----------------

    They can make cuts! The GOP won't cut military enough. Why do we need to spend $680 billion a year on the military...

    January 1, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Dan5404

    This extremist and his Tea Party bunch have a suiciale death wish. They apparently care nothing for the American people's sentiment and forgot they got beat very soundly in this election, including losing some of their crazy fellow Tea-Partiers. They are perfectly willing to destroy our economy, shut down the entire government and take the country down with them. Get some backbone, Republicans, get on board with the majority of Americans and vote for them instead of extremists in your own party and lobbyists for billionaires.Spending cuts for the long term can't be done overnight and very thoughtful and careful planning is required to get a concensus. A meat cleaver approach to get your partisan hatred for government and Democrats satisfied means destruction of people's lives across the board except for millionaires and billionaires. Perhaps he Democrats need to take up Tea Party tactics and refuse to stop sequester provisions that they want until they get some sanity.

    January 1, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. 2020

    Cantor is the one who upstaged his boss every time he got a chance. He is the face for the TEA BAGGER.

    SEND CANTOR HOME!!! CAN him!!! CAN his tea baggers!!!

    Cantor is power hungry playing God with American families. HE unleash the hell of fire !!!

    We the People is mad like hell on these self centered, non performing bugger. GO GO GO HOME!!!

    January 1, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. cgelineau2012

    GROW UP and serve your country better instead of saying NO to everything!!!

    January 1, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. 2020

    Librich, it is time you have a brain transpant.

    January 1, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. CanadaONE

    GOP self destruct

    In Canada NO ONE would vote for the GOP

    and we have

    1. Higher edcuation per capita
    2. Higher take home income than Americans
    3. We live longer than Americans

    We know how to take care of our people NOT HOLD THEM HOSTAGE

    January 1, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Jill-IN

    I am so sick of Eric Cantor and the T Party members of the house. I will probably never vote republican again and I will work with and support any groups that run against and defeat our T Party Congressman from northern indiana when he makes a run again. He is t-party, has no business representing people from DeKalb and Allen County Indiana and the only reason he got in is because of the gerrymandered district that was created in the past decade.

    January 1, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. Name lynn

    well it doesnt matter whos calling the shots in the white house obama still has the first and last words them republicans an them white house leaders is mad because obama is black and hes not worried about nothing hes not letting them people hurt the poor an the middle class people

    January 1, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Logic N LA

    Recall them them all/

    January 1, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  21. Jill-IN

    Cantor is Boehner's enemy.

    January 1, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  22. Dave

    Congratulations to McConnell, Reid and Biden for creating a compromise deal with bipartisan support. Well done! The senate has often shown great political leadership and it has done so again. I'm so proud of the Republican senators who voted for this bill.

    Now, we have to see what the House does. Eric Cantor notwithstanding, I think there is reason to hope for better from his Republican colleagues. Perhaps the congressmen can be released from their party affiliation for a conscience vote. It will also be interesting to see if House Democrats can support this bill. Many are upset about the 400-450k limit. Frankly, so am I. I'd also like to see some cuts to our grossly inflated and wasteful defense budget – before we change Social Security and Medicare.

    January 1, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Independent Thinker

    Our New Years Resolution as a country should be to collectively vote all these idiots out. They are playing with peoples lives.

    January 1, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  24. jomano47

    It's time to cean house of abunch of self serving republicans. They have all lost touch with the public and forgotten that their brand of economics did NOT work!

    January 1, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  25. Paul B. Edwards

    Cantor is just the latest idiot to drive another nail into the Republican Party. Has all of Congress gone berserk? Sane Americans are completed disgusted with rampart political in-fighting!

    January 1, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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