House Majority Leader predicts budget deal will pass with 'strong Republican support'
April 12th, 2011
05:18 PM ET
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House Majority Leader predicts budget deal will pass with 'strong Republican support'

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor predicted Tuesday that despite opposition from some key House conservatives, the government spending deal would pass with "strong Republican support" in the House on Thursday.

But when pressed if Republican leaders would need help from House Democrats to pass the bill, Cantor deflected the question, saying "we will always ask for them." The majority leader punted the issue to House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California, saying "I'm not close enough to the vote count to know so you'll have to ask Mr. McCarthy."

Asked about Cantor's comments, McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott agreed the compromise bill would get strong GOP support, but wouldn't directly answer if Republicans needed Democrats on the vote, telling CNN, "we would expect Democrats to support the bipartisan deal that President Obama and Senator Reid negotiated with Speaker Boehner."

Earlier on Tuesday Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, who leads a large group of fiscal conservatives in the House, publicly came out against the deal, citing that it fell short of the $100 billion in spending cuts he wanted from President Obama's proposed budget. Jordan said in a written statement, "I believe voters are asking us to set our sights higher."

Cantor defended the deal, telling reporters, "I think this spending bill this week reflects the best deal we could have got. Speaker Boehner went in against all odds and actually got the President, the Vice President and Harry Reid in the Senate to go along with spending cuts."

Acknowledging unrest among some House Republicans, Cantor noted the GOP-led House only controls one chamber of Congress, "I know that Jim Jordan and others are frustrated. I'm frustrated too. The House position was $61 billion. But this is the best deal we could have gotten given the situation we were served up by the Democrats being charge of the Senate and the White House."

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    CAN'Tor – my district rep that DOES NOT represent me LQQKs so phony in every picture he takes!! What's with the cell phone in hand – obviously "POSING" and NOT really talking – like he's running for something!!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    Of course the doggone bill will pass – why wouldn't it???? Duh!!

    April 12, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Maybe Cantor will introduce a bill that will make the budget deal become law if only congress passes it, and then we will not have to waste time in the senate and we won't have to have the president sign it.

    April 12, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Cantor has no control over the repubes in congress.

    April 12, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. diridi

    this funny animal Eric Cantor is a stupid idiot....o.k., He does not talk any kind of sense.....I do not know which planet he is in....crazy animal....that's it...

    April 12, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  5. a6102658

    Cantor is a poser, he changes his opinions from day to day, I can't really decide what he really is, what I can tell is that he is doing whatever it takes to preserve his job, that is all he cares about, I feel bad for people who elected this clown.

    April 12, 2011 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans use the Middle Class and the poor like indentured servants to keep the rich, rich.

    April 12, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. lforlegend

    When asked for an honest response he PUNTS. Who is going to vote for "Social Security" reform? The answer: nobody in his right mind. Another good thing against these repugs is the President's veto power!!

    April 12, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  8. shut it down

    you didnt listen to the people who put you there, so looks like we will have to replace you and your kind for those who will fight for We The People.

    April 12, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  9. Larry L

    I fear we'll get a lot of bills through the House as a result of Tea PARTY BLACKMAIL. It's like dealing with a person who wants to blow himself up with a bomb strapped to his chest. What do you threaten him with? The Tea Bag radicals want the government to fail.

    April 12, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. RiffRaff

    Cantor,Boehner,McConnellSince when did less than average become a trait to be respected? Why is intelligence in our leaders something to be ridiculed? I like smart people leading this country,and we have fallen short with this wicked trio. Never heard a plan out of any of them except to cut taxes. I was a kid when Reagan was president and knew then the trickle down theory was a joke. It still is. 30yrs hasnt taught them anything. The economists either. They should not be our stewards of fiscal sanity. And Obummie bashers-yes the deficit is high,but he was left roughly $1+trillion from 4th qtr 2008(Bush's term)-that would be Wall Street bailout and stimulus#1-so please scream at someone else. We elected him to fix our country,and now we wont/cant give him the tools he needs ie; money & support to do the job. Believe me,if he were a repub they'd be sure to find some extra cash laying because deficits dont matter.

    April 12, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. walleye46

    This budget cut is a pin prick compared to the overall budget. Now that we don't have the USSR to compete with and don't need to be the worlds policeman, why not CUT DEFENSE costs. Then enact a standard rate tax that everyone would pay when buying goods. Eliminate all tax loopholes for corporations so those like G.E. don't get a free ride.

    April 12, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  12. Tanbiker2

    Cantor is a typical jew. Out only to serve himself and his rich friends. No doubt he was bosom buddies with Bernie Madoff. Both are utter scum.

    April 12, 2011 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  13. B

    Cantor does not even understand the functions of his own employer!

    How in the World do people like him ever find their way to positions of responsibility?

    April 12, 2011 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Rdepontb

    But, Rep Cantor, was it the best deal given the people wanted HUGE cuts, and still do? Maybe not everyone wants Medicare cuts-but where is this support for all of the military bases we have around the world? That is a bi-partisan apple waiting to be picked. Who doesn't want us to charge something, _something_, for oil and minerals found on our land by multi-nationals selling on the global market? Please, fill in your own examples. We need both cuts and revenue, both sides know it, and neither one won this one-I'll be happy when all sides win. It can happen-we've already started ramping down that ridiculous NASA budget-talk about a bridge to nowhere!

    April 12, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  15. Russ

    Well Mr. Cantor, do you think you could include something in that proposal that would require big corporations along with your rich friends to pay some income taxes? Say like GE for example that paid 0 last year while I paid $29,000 in just my income taxes. Maybe help the little guy out for a change. Thank you for your help on this, however I won't be holding my breath.

    April 12, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Cantor also pretty much promised today that the GOP would be allowing the country to reach its debt limit in May and won't be doing anything about it until July, when it is predicted we'll be in danger of across-the-board defaults becoming unavoidable. Why? Well, because they think they can get more of what they want by yet again playing chicken. Duh.

    Of course, I don't see a report on this here...small suprise. Don't want to break that story too might ruin trying to milk it for all its worth once it actually starts happening, especially if people get angry about it beforehand and it prevents the GOP from following through, eh CNN?

    April 12, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. Spending our Way to the Scrap Heap of History

    Barack Hussein Obama voted AGAINSTG raising the debt limit but now expects others to do it to fund his insane spending. JUST SAY NO!! If the Democrats don't want to stop the insane spending, CUT UP THE CHINESE CREDIT CARD!! NO DEBT LEVEL INCREASE!!

    April 12, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. Tim, Seattle

    No shared sacrifice, no peace!

    April 12, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    Speaker Boehner went in against all odds and actually got the President, the Vice President and Harry Reid in the Senate to go along with spending cuts."
    ...which is no easy task. Speaker Boehner is stepping to to the job he was elected to do. Bravo!

    April 12, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  20. Clwyd

    Stop these Anti-American fools, called republicans, from destroying America and putting many of our people out on the street while giving more tax cuts for corporations, businesses and the rich. America and Americans, what are you thinking?

    April 12, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  21. Freedom

    Thank you Leader Cantor for your leadership. The dems had 2 years to do whatever they wanted. GOP 2012!

    April 12, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  22. Educator


    While a flat tax might sound good on paper, it's actually worse than a progressive tax. Taxing basic goods would consume a disproportionately larger amount of the poor and middle class's income since they spend a larger percentage of their income on such sundries as groceries, gasoline, vehicle upkeep, basic home goods. It wouldn't hit the upper class as much unless you only placed the flat tax on luxury goods that the middle/lower class can't afford to buy on a regular basis, and if you did that–well, you wouldn't receive the revenue needed to make a dent in the deficit since those items aren't bought often.

    April 12, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  23. NO TEA PLEASE!!!

    We deserve what we get for electing these fools. Maybe next time we can get out and vote for our self interest.

    April 12, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |