Cantor opposes fiscal cliff bill
January 1st, 2013
03:27 PM ET
2 years 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. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It's called Fiscal Responsibility. Something the Liberal's seem to ignore.Over the next 10 years, 700 Billion in Tax Cuts, 10 Trillion (At Least) in new Debt. Comon people, open your eyes!

    January 1, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. jeff

    Maybe Cantor should have proposed some *specific* cuts during negotiations rather than demanding that Dems propose them. Unless you participate in a meaningful way you have no real grounds for complaining afterwards.

    January 1, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. AAVFL

    The spending and revenue are two different paths. They are really too stupid to see that you need to compromise on BOTH!!! Congress is too stupid to take everything one step at a time. Most of the reps fall under the new tax implications under the new law passed under the senate, thats why they don't want to vote for it. But if they don't vote for it their taxes are going to go up and it will be on them that the taxes went up. Its funny they can't see two feet in front of their faces

    January 1, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Larry L

    Cantor represents everything that's wrong with politics. He's a smug, spoiled preppy who has no clue about the life of average Americans. He thinks this is all a game.

    January 1, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. ST

    Does Cantor think that he knows more or has more brains than the 89 Senators combined, who voted for the bill yesterday? This bad apple is really stinking.

    January 1, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. AAVFL

    Thats the way the republican party has operated with you need cuts but never participate. They just hate the fact the democrats control 2/3's of the government and the people are against them

    January 1, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  7. Diridi

    2014, remember these nasty animals, then overthrow. Put all democrats. Did they forget this occurred two wars and trickle down.

    January 1, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Sheri

    Just listened to Republican Issa. He and Cantor want to derail the compromise on the fiscal cliff. They are arrogant, egotistical jerks, who are not grounded in reality. They care more about grandstanding and boosting their egos than about getting things done. If they can't come to an agreement it will hurt all of us! It's amazing that they can't see this. They are spoiled, squabbling children, and need to GROW UP!

    January 1, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Lisa

    House republicans are done...time to start making phone calls...

    January 1, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Marcia Wade

    Maybe if Mr Cantor and company had done their job – what him and members of congress get paid by the american people to do, we would not have a last minute bill to deal with now. He doesn't support it? Too bad. Hope he is the next one to get kicked out during election time. He is totally useless and a cancer to the house.

    January 1, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. RINO Bill

    Cantor just wants Boehner's job.

    January 1, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. rs

    The GOP is committing political suicide- and wants us all to watch- quite weird. Somehow in their bizarro world, after building monstrous deficits and debt (the old "Cut taxes and spend" Bush years); they created the groundwork for the recession of 2007 that stripped jobs and wealth away from the poor and middle class in a way not seen since 1929; the built the "fiscal cliff", and now all they want to do is protect the rich from their economic nightmare-
    What utterly sick individuals these are.

    January 1, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. ccb

    It has been quite obvious since Pres. Obama's election and re-election that the goal of the GOP/Tea Party is to stop 'this' president at any cost for obvious reasons. And they do NOT care about what happens to the middle class and those who want to be in the middle class. Romney said it 'best': 47% don't count. Unfortunately, the conservatives politicians represent parts of the country they have not interest in urban areas, the poor, single mothers with children, Medicaid and other such issues, but yet they say they are Christians??? How can such people go to sleep knowing that their fellow countrymen need food stamps, health care, college aid, etc.? If these and other programs are cut , and some severely, what do you expect these people and their children to do??? From God's Word, the Bible, there are some very negative consequences for those who oppress the poor! GOP/Tea Party beware!

    January 1, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. rs

    Ray-
    Please, do explain how setting off GOP recession part two is in any way "fiscally responsible".

    January 1, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    What an arrogant, little weasel!

    January 1, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Terry

    If all these so called public servants were actually that they would work for free – not set their own pay raises while the rest of us in the public are lucky to have an income at all. These public servants live in their dream world , getting paid by us and when they leave office they think, oh well, wish it would have worked out better but all of us, the public are always left with their mess to live with. Just my public opinion.

    January 1, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. Billy

    I hope the good people of Virginia fire Eric Cantor in Nov '14. Though I live in CA, I'm considering moving my entire family to VA to provide 12 more votes against Cantor. That's how pathetic I really think he is as a congressman!

    January 1, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Don

    Rep Cantor has the personal responsibility to state his preferred positon but his leadership reponsibility is to place the Senate's bill up for a vote. I'm a long time voting Republician that expects him to uphold his leadership responsibility.

    January 1, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. George

    I just dropped Eric a email, you can too!!! Let him know how you feel :)

    January 1, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Four More Years......... Can You Say 8 or 12, Eric?

    You have to applaud the Senate Republicans on this one, but Cantor just can't stop himself. He still wants Boehner's job so bad that he's lost complete focus on what he purports to be his priority. The American public is not as stupid as you think we are, Eric. They keep a record of votes you make, and your hypocrisy is showing for all the nation to see. Here's hoping that the House Republicans who are not teatards will step up to the plate like their fellow Senators. At least they seem to realize what Cantor and his fellow minions have not: America has rejected your crap and reelected President Obama. You lost. Repeating for the mentally challenged: You lost. You're little tea party is winding down. How much of the GOP will be left when you are long gone?

    January 1, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  21. Victor

    Fiscal responsibility? Democrats? What world are you on. The Dems left a HUGE surplus in 96, then inherited a HUGE defecit in 2004. Ray E., I'm sorry to say, is either an idiot or has a learning disability when it comes to simple arithmetic.

    January 1, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Martha in CF

    Does Cantors opposition surprise anyone? Typical redumblican–he is what is wrong with the House-you may not like it but could Cantor ever consider anyone besides himself. Get it voted in and do some fixing as is always the case with the redumblicans. My God, all these people in Congress knew the Bush tax cuts would be done on 12/31/12. Do nothing--DO NOTHING HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!! 2014 couldn't come soon enough!!!!!!

    January 1, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  23. carlos

    I love the fact that cantor is taking the lead in Washington as he did in the Movie, Smokey and the Bandit. Cantor did a great job in the role of Jackie Gleason's son, Junior. ....."But Daddy".

    January 1, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    @Ray E. (Georgia)

    It's called Fiscal Responsibility. Something the Liberal's seem to ignore.Over the next 10 years, 700 Billion in Tax Cuts, 10 Trillion (At Least) in new Debt. Comon people, open your eyes!
    -------------------------------------------------
    Where was your "fiscal responsibility" when the Republicans started two wars and ran the cut & spend economy that got us into the recession? Where was it when Ronald Reagan tripled the debt? Isn't he the conservative's icon? Open your eyes! We've never prospered under trickle-down economics – the core of every Republican economic plan.

    January 1, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    Oh goodie, issa (the car thief who was thrown out of the US Army) and tooth boy from VA who wnats everything he wants it and he wants it now while keeping federal money from areas in the country devastated by natural disasters.
    These are the two morons holding the US hostage? Can these people be impeached or thrown out on their sorry behinds on the Capitol steps never to set foot in DC again?
    The rethugts are a bunch of tea trolls! All that he wants is bo ner's job. I hope he loses all his $3+M before he gets his cushy retirement and medical insurance in the next elections! Let's see how you and that family of yours lives with almost nothing.

    January 1, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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