Cantor's hometown paper pushes for clean spending bill
October 3rd, 2013
01:00 PM ET
10 months ago

Cantor's hometown paper pushes for clean spending bill

(CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's hometown paper says, "Just do it."

The conservative Richmond Times-Dispatch published an opinion piece Thursday saying House GOP leadership should pass a clean continuing resolution and stop "placating the tea party caucus."

The paper's editorial board wants Cantor to face up to the minority group of 30-40 conservatives in the House who are at the helm of the GOP strategy to tie anti-Obamacare provisions with a bill to fund the government.

Republicans are trying to pass bills, one by one, that will fund various government entities. So far Senate Democrats have blocked each piece of legislation, including a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health.

"We passed a bill in the House last night that would provide the NIH with the necessary funding to reopen their clinical trials," Cantor said.

The Times-Dispatch, however, urged Cantor to move past the bit-by-bit approach, and called for Boehner and Cantor to pass a clean continuing resolution that funds the government all at once.

The paper said the only reason why House Speaker John Boehner was bowing down to the staunchly conservative faction of his caucus was because he was adhering to "the Hastert Rule."

Named after Dennis Hastert, the speaker who Newt Gingrich succeeded in the House, the rule maintains that legislation should not pass without a majority of the majority party, which the paper says translates to fidelity to lower-ranking members in a "loyalty down" approach.

Since House conservatives don't return that loyalty, the paper argues, Boehner and Cantor must reject the rule in order to exert and maintain their leadership roles. So, argues the op-ed, abandon the rule "to protect the best interests of the nation."


Filed under: Eric Cantor • Government Shutdown • Virginia
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "We passed a bill in the House last night that would provide the NIH with the necessary funding to reopen their clinical trials,""

    Sorry, but the Senate passed a bill that would fund that as well as everything else and they beat you to it, sent it to you and you're refusing to vote on it. Newsflash to GOPers/Teatrolls: NOBODY IS FOOLED. Heck, most of the GOP/Teatroll congresscritters and most of their base isn't fooled either...they're just doing this and saying these things because they think they can get away with it (and the MSM lets them).

    October 3, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "The paper said the only reason why House Speaker John Boehner was bowing down to the staunchly conservative faction of his caucus was because he was adhering to "the Hastert Rule.""

    I'm not even sure that's correct. I would bet good money that the "clean" bill will get a majority of the House GOPers' votes, more and more of them the longer this goes on and the more the pressure and public outrage builds, which means that the Hastert Rule really isn't even a valid excuse.

    October 3, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Clean bills have been given to every other President, so why not this one? What has changed? Gee might it be adding the Fascist Party (TBaggers for the slow of wit) to the GOP.

    October 3, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  4. ryan

    Don in Albuquerque, don’t use terms you have no clue what they mean. No party is fascist or communist. Name calling is for children.

    October 3, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    It's easy to spend someone else's money instead of your own. The Senate and the House even vote to give themselves raises without a vote from the tax payers. We have the best government money can buy. Wake-up people there is no Dem/Rep, there's just the HAVES and HAVE NOTS

    October 3, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |