Cantor says no to jobs bill spending
September 12th, 2011
03:46 PM ET
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Cantor says no to jobs bill spending

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor continued to reach out to work with President Obama on his jobs bill Monday, but emphasized that Republicans are focused on items they support in the plan like the tax breaks and will oppose the administration's request for new federal spending for infrastructure projects.

"Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill is not going to be acceptable to the American people," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.

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The number-two House Republican argued that the 2009 stimulus that aimed money at boosting public sector jobs didn't work and instead the GOP wants to target aid to small businesses.

"The fact is we don't have the money and we've got to prioritize and right now it's about getting people back to work," Cantor said.

In addition to throwing cold water on more federal spending to rebuild schools and roads, Republicans pushed back at the president's proposal to limit tax deductions on high end wage earners and close several tax loopholes as the way to pay for his $447 billion jobs package.

"I sure hope that the president is not suggesting that we pay for his proposals with a massive tax increase at the end of 2012 on the job creators that we're actually counting on to reduce unemployment," Cantor said at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill Monday.

House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman also said the White House's proposal to pay for the $447 billion jobs bill was unacceptable.

"It would be fair to say this tax increase on job creators is the kind of proposal both parties have opposed in the past," Michael Steel said in a written statement.

But Steel added Republicans want to find another way to pay for it, "We remain eager to work together on ways to support job growth, but this proposal doesn't appear to have been offered in that bipartisan spirit."

Cantor cited tax credits for employers, reforming aid for the jobless, and passage of the three pending trade deals as areas he sees as ripe for bipartisanship. While he agreed that infrastructure projects were worthy of focus, he said Congress should not be adding new money, but instead streamlining the process for getting current resources to state and local governments.

He repeated his criticism that the president's repeated "pass my bill" message was not sitting well with Republicans.

"I do not think the president's all or nothing approach is something that is constructive," Cantor told reporters, adding, "let's not allow the things his bill that we disagree with to get in the way of producing some results."

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    Mr. Cantor is wrong again. I am indeed an "American person", and support the passage of this important bill. What good ideas does this government employee, or other members of his party have to help get our country out of the current Repubican-created economic mess? Banning gay marriage?

    September 12, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  2. bob

    Anybody surprised? Cantor isn't concerned about America, only his hatred of an African American in the Presidency of the United States.

    September 12, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Stephana

    just say no to the failed chicago jesus. He has bankrupted the country with his prolifigate spending.

    September 12, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Rich


    he does not speak for all American people,he speaks for only the top two % Americans!"

    WRONG! Most Republicans, like myself, are NOT in the top 2%, and there are plenty of wealthy Democrats (i.e. Hollywood actors, lawyers, etc.) that are. The biggest problem in this country is not the politicians, its the people, those of us who have no idea how other people live. We just see our own world and assume that's all there is. Stop being so narrow minded and always demonizing the other side. Maybe we could work together and find common ground if everyone would be a little more understanding and accepting of alternate points of view.

    September 12, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |

    Cantor is a complete hypocrite, a liar and hopes that the country fails. Doesn't that also make him a traitor? I really don't understand how he gets elected, maybe this time won't get re-elected. I'm sure the people of VA can see that all he wants to to is to say no to the president, no matter what the president says or does. he doesn't care about the people at all, it's all about him. To the fine citizens of VA, vote this traitor out of office in 2012

    September 12, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. thomas

    Maybe if Eric Cantor would look at the bill in the same light he looks at going to war ! Then maybe he and his big lobby buddy s whom make Billions on military contracts would consider it .

    Cantor is the poster boy for Dwight D. Eisenhower exit speech on Jan.17,1961. Warning us of the military industrial complex.

    September 12, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. pg

    Cantor is unreal! All he will support is less taxes for the rich, but will not support any funding for infrastructure jobs! Someone needs to give him a reality check. Without more jobs, people will not have any money to spend. More mortgage foreclosures and bankruptcy. the economy will never recover if there are no jobs for the middle class. the president is offering lots of breaks for business owners if they hire more people. THE ECONOMY NEEDS THIS BILL TO PASS! IT'S TIME FOR THE PARTY OF NO TO COMPROMISE AND QUIT PLAYING STUPID GAMES!!!

    September 12, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Rob

    Party of No? Must mean the demokrates:
    NO to Prosperity and American Exceptionalism
    NO to telling the truth
    NO to upholding their oath to uphold the Constitution
    NO to freeing the US from slavery
    NO to reading the bill before they vote for it
    NO to civil discourse
    YES, I could go on and on.......

    September 12, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Sandra

    Hyprocite, hyprcite, hyprocite. Liar, liar, liar. That's about all I can say about Cantor.

    September 12, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Jaybird

    Got the vault locked down on old Obambi. Life is beautiful. Serenity and Peace at last – ahhhhhh...

    September 12, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Sam

    GOP, the party of one word: No. They'd rather the US go to hell than compromise. Maybe it will thanks to their negativity.

    September 12, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. "The GOP biggest deception is getting the Poor and Middle class to believe they are out to help them"

    I just can't believe folks don't have a clue about what is going on when it comes to companies and job creation!! Seriously, don't these idiots get it, Companies have gotten use to getting more for less and will continue to sit on their trillion dollar profits from here on out!!! This is the norm people unemployment will be here for a long time, so get over it. The only way you will even get companies to invest here at home is to TAX them for sending their various jobs overseas!! The other thing is invest in the people here, educate them to be prepared for doing jobs other than manufacturing!!! The government will need to put money up for infrastructure because that is the only way we can get contractors to work on road and rail system create jobs by getting companies that is in that type of business to hire!!! Cantor is an idiot along with his other buddies in Congress!! VOTE them OUT!!!

    September 12, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Omni2011

    Government job is to facilitate the business to create jobs. Obama doesn't know how to create jobs. He has neither run a business nor employed anybody. We know the result of Obama 878 billion stimulus. Taxing the hard working people to save the teachers, unions etc is not job creation. It's call spread the hard earned money to teachers, unions, blacks and latins for their votes. He is basically trying to save his job by stealing from hard working people.

    I'm the Hope and change
    Yes we can
    We are the ones we have been waiting for
    Spread the wealth around

    September 12, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Guitar

    Since when has Cantor every spoken for 'The American People'??. He and his constituents only represent their corporate handlers who line their pockets, who ship jobs overseas, while raking in record profits and bonuses for the CEOs and their ilk. The 'Aristocracy' is alive and well in America, with the Nobles taking it all, leaving the the rest of us, 'the Serfs', to continue to have to give our pound of flesh!

    September 12, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. a health economist

    *********"Anything that is akin to the stimulus bill is not going to be acceptable to the American people," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said.*****

    Well, I guess that crosses off any bill that has both tax cuts and spending increases since the Stimulus bill had both tax cuts and spending increases. So that leaves bills that only have tax cuts or bills that only have spending increases. One guess which the Republicans will want.

    Which leaves me with an interesting question. Let's suppose that we did have a bill with only tax cuts because according to Cantor that is all that is "acceptable to the American people". If that bill didn't work would he then blame the American people?

    My guess is no.

    September 12, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. pmk1953

    The repubs don't consider anybody making less than $1 million a year to be people. Remember, corporations are people, too. As long as they can keep dumbing the electorate down and get the resulting uneducated people to keep voting for them, they're happy. Until we get them out of office, things will continue to get worse.

    September 12, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. Mark

    I expected nothing less. These Tea Party people will give this president nothing in hopes that he fails, regardless of the adverse affect it may have on the middle and lower classes. It's all about power and helping the wealthy. To hell with those that are struggling.

    September 12, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  18. annie s

    If I hear one more idiot Republican refer to the wealthy as "job creators" I may scream. Where are the damn jobs they created in the 10 years since we gave them these massive handouts, Mr. Cantor? If you can show me even one example how your tired and failed "trickle down" economic policy has created a single job, I swear I'll agree to vote for whichever Tea Party whack job gets the nomination. We have lost 8 million jobs since your beloved tax cuts!

    September 12, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. Bill

    This guy is a slime. They do not give a hoot about jobs – they just want Obama to fail. I sure hope the American people can see through their BS. And agreed, since when does this jerkwater puke speak for the American people?

    September 12, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Why do these clowns act like they speak for the American people when they only speak for their special interest people."

    Dunno...they like to do it especially when the polls show it's not even remotely true. We should start tagging the end of our posts with the fact that they don't speak for us .

    "I'm Sniffit, and the GOP does not speak for me."

    Simple. A few hundred or so of those per day aught to be kinda fun to see.

    September 12, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. vet in texas

    Here you have it America, you have one group that sees what's going on and another group that's told what to see. Figure out which side your on. The stimulus was a failure because Limbaugh said so. Notice the posters here who repeat what he's said over and over again. How can I tell, because like him, they are leaving out facts that negate their whole stance. Conservatism is a hoax and I'm sad that real Americans with good hearts allow themselves to be mislead by intentionally misleading people.

    September 12, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. Joe

    If he would get his head out of his behind and look at the polls, he'd see that the majority of Americans support spending and infrastructure AND support raising taxes on the rich to pay for it. The Republicans are so out of touch, it's scary.

    September 12, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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