Lawmakers agree: Budget sequester isn't good
February 10th, 2013
11:56 AM ET
1 year ago

Lawmakers agree: Budget sequester isn't good

(CNN) - Lawmakers from both parties and both chambers of Congress agreed Sunday that if sequestration budget cuts go into effect next month, there will be a negative impact on the economy and the country as a whole.

In separate appearances on NBC's "Meet The Press," Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, both said they don't want the sequester cuts to take place. They suggested different ways to deal with the series of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, spread out over the next decade, which are set to kick in on March 1.
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Filed under: Budget • Dick Durbin • Eric Cantor
February 6th, 2013
11:51 AM ET
1 year ago

Borger: The new Republican reality show

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is CNN's chief political analyst, appearing regularly on shows such as "AC360˚," "The Situation Room" and "State of the Union."

(CNN) -
No matter how hard politicians try, party reinventions are never pretty - and hardly ever subtle. The trick is twofold: First, tell voters you weren't really wrong - your message just wasn't getting through. Next, shift positions, without admitting you had to change positions to survive.

Bill Clinton, both as a candidate and as president, was the master of reinvention. As a Southern governor, he saw a party that was too liberal, so he pushed it to the center. And when he took a shellacking in the 1994 midterm elections, with Democrats losing control of the House, he took advantage of it, forcing newly empowered Republicans to lead alongside him. Imagine that.

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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Republicans
February 5th, 2013
10:30 AM ET
1 year ago

Cantor says background checks a possibility

Washington (CNN) – The number two House Republican said Tuesday that he supports beefed up background checks for gun sales, an indication of where potential gun control legislation could be headed on Capitol Hill.

Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash that a system put in place in his home state of Virginia following the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech could be a model for a nationwide measure.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Gun rights • Immigration
We care: Cantor wants to give GOP a 'makeover', change the message
February 4th, 2013
07:41 PM ET
1 year ago

We care: Cantor wants to give GOP a 'makeover', change the message

Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is giving the Republican party a message makeover.

In a sharp departure from the GOP's emphasis on slashing federal spending, bringing down the deficit and moving legislation to assist the "job creators," the No. 2 House Republican is rolling out a more personal appeal in a speech on Tuesday with an agenda to "make life work."

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Cantor • Republicans
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.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
Cantor: Voters more concerned about problem solving than pledge
November 26th, 2012
12:05 PM ET
2 years ago

Cantor: Voters more concerned about problem solving than pledge

(CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor became another Republican on Capitol Hill to suggest he is willing to put aside the Grover Norquist-backed pledge he signed not to raise taxes when considering options to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.

Cantor said in interviews Monday that his Virginia constituents did not re-elect him earlier this month to a seventh term because he had signed the pledge not to increase tax rates advanced by Norquist's group Americans for Tax Reform.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Fiscal Cliff
Boehner renominated for House speaker
November 14th, 2012
03:34 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner renominated for House speaker

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner received a standing ovation after being renominated to his position Wednesday by the House Republican Conference.

Nominated by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Boehner gained support from members of his party to continue his speakership. He will be formally elected by a vote in the House of Representatives when the 113th Congress convenes in January.
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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Eric Cantor • House • John Boehner
August 20th, 2012
04:09 PM ET
2 years ago

GOP lawmakers reprimanded after swim in Sea of Galilee

(CNN) – It was the end of a long, hot day in Israel when it happened: Republican lawmakers, along with a smattering of aides and family members, dived into the Sea of Galilee, a holy site for Christians where the Bible says Jesus walked on water.

Several GOP sources familiar with the events on August 4, 2011 said one of those Republicans, Rep. Kevin Yoder of Kansas, wasn't wearing any clothes. Others say they dived in for religious reasons.
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Cantor accuses Obama, Democrats of supporting a 'tax hike'
August 4th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Cantor accuses Obama, Democrats of supporting a 'tax hike'

(CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor hit President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats on Saturday for supporting a "tax hike" in the ongoing dispute over who should benefit from an extension of Bush-era tax breaks.

"House Republicans, joined by 19 Democrats, passed a bill to stop the looming tax hike that will hit all Americans next year," Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, said in his party's weekly address.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor
Source: Cantor staff error to blame for anti-incumbent super PAC donation
April 10th, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Cantor staff error to blame for anti-incumbent super PAC donation

Washington (CNN) – A source close to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor tells CNN a staff error is to blame for giving $25,000 to Campaign for Primary Accountability, an anti-incumbent super PAC.

News that the Republican leader gave money to a super PAC dedicated to defeating several of Cantor's rank-and-file Republicans has angered many in the House GOP, and Cantor is now scrambling to explain his actions.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Fundraising
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