Cantor says no House vote on the President's jobs bill
October 3rd, 2011
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Cantor says no House vote on the President's jobs bill

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor flatly rejected President Obama's call for the House and Senate to hold a vote on his jobs bill by the end of the month, saying Monday the full bill, called the "American Jobs Act," won't get a vote in the House of Representatives.

Cantor criticized the President for continuing to press for a vote on the entire package, saying at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill, "This all or nothing approach is unreasonable."

Instead Cantor announced the House will take up several measures this month that he believes House Republicans and the White House agree on, including the three pending free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama.

The Majority Leader also said the House would vote on a bill to permanently repeal the 3% withholding tax on businesses that hold government contracts and take up other bills that roll back regulatory barriers for businesses. Cantor said the President Obama has made comments supportive of both of these areas.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, asked about Cantor's comment that House Republicans would just move parts of the jobs package, admitted the President would sign any of the individual pieces of the bill if they made it to his desk, "provided that they're paid for in an acceptable and fair way." But Carney said the President would continue to call for the rest of the bill to be enacted and put pressure on Congress to act.

In a tweak to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, Cantor noted the House movement on pieces of the President's economic agenda show the House is "able to do so much quicker than the Democratic controlled Senate." And the majority leader noted the division among Congressional Democrats on the President's plan, saying, "The President has got some whipping to do on his own side of the aisle."

But House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi continued to press Republicans Monday for a vote on the President's bill.

"Instead of supporting legislation to put people back to work and put money in the pockets of workers, Republicans are ignoring America's top priority. Republicans should schedule action on the American Jobs Act to help put Americans back to work," Pelosi said.

Cantor's blunt back hand to the President's appeal for a vote on Monday was a turnabout from the more conciliatory tone the Majority Leader and other top House Republicans used when they returned from their summer recess last month. GOP leaders acknowledged that voters were fed up with the gridlock in Washington and vowed to work with the White House to focus on measures aimed at helping the struggling economy.

The House Majority Leader stressed he still wants to work with the President on items Republicans support, but he took a swipe at the President's recent travels to his own Virginia district and to House Speaker John Boehner's home state last week. "I believe it would be a lot more helpful for the President to focus on areas of commonality rather than targeting House Republicans in campaign style tactics, and perhaps he can start compromising with us," Cantor said.

Cantor said there would be an announcement soon on the details on when the three trade deals would be sent to Capitol Hill, but indicated the House would move quickly after the announcement.

Filed under: Eric Cantor • President Obama • unemployment
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. logic in LA

    The hypocrites in congress are at it again. no vote proves they don't care about America. Up or down, the vote should take place. there is no reason for delaying any decision that can help Americans except politics as usual form the Republican control house. It's time to expose these egomaniacs for what they are.
    I am never this adamant about their actions but this is beyond acceptable. VOTE- one way or the other. Delay is criminal neglect of your duties of office.

    October 3, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. TM

    "This all or nothing approach is unreasonable." So, Mr. Cantor what do you call what your party has been doing for the last two years?

    October 3, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. cindy

    We know you only want a one term president-but that doesn't mean we all have to suffer while congress does nothing.PASS THE JOBS BILL ALREADY. If it doesn't work we will know but at least something is being tried. DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION!!!!DOING NOTHING WILL PUT YOU OUT OF OFFICE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT!!!!!

    October 3, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Beverly

    Some of the wall street protesters need to stage a protest against Cantor, McConnell, and Boehner. Why do people continue to look the other way and blame the best House speaker, Nancy, for helping the people. The blame should be place on Republicans. One would have to be completely crazy to vote for any of those cult members.

    October 3, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Martha in CF

    What else can you expect from the party of NO....They don't want jobs for the Americans at this time. The election is coming up ya know........Cantor and his cronies hopefully get voted out when their terms are up. They make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |

    The Party of NO strikes again. If the President wants it and if it will help the country then the GOP says NO. The GOP must hate our great country since they always put politics ahead of the people. I don't what happened to the GOP to turn them into such a hateful group.

    October 3, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. nc_mike

    "This all or nothing approach is unreasonable." – Ha! yes, Cantor certainly knows all about how to do that when it comes to shutting down the US Government and NOW he has the gall to object to such an approach by anyone else but him? What a total hypocrite! "start compromising?" Republicans don't know the first meaning of compromise and they proved it over and over again – what a crock of....

    October 3, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    In other words, the House Republicans have rejected the continuation of the payroll tax cut for the middle class in favor of additional tax cuts for businesses. Their refusal to vote on the payroll tax cut will amount to a tax increase on the middle class, which would only further reduce spending, decreasing demand, and slowing overall economic growth.

    October 3, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. thomas

    Massive chemical plant fire near Dallas

    A massive fire was burning out of control Monday morning at a chemical plant in Waxahachie, located about 30 miles south of Dallas

    Firefighters were on the scene at the 1600 block of state Highway 287 at the Magnablend chemical company, which manufactures custom chemicals for a variety of industries, including oil fields, agriculture, pet food and feed supplements, water treatment, construction and industrial cleaning.

    Now the GOP wants to deregulate the EPA .

    House Republicans tried to seize the political upper hand in the job-creation debate Monday, urging President Barack Obama to support GOP-sponsored legislation designed to ease industry burdens imposed by environmental regulations, among other things.
    Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent a letter to the president noting that the Republican-controlled House is scheduled to consider two bills – an "EPA Regulatory Relief Act" requiring authorities to reissue certain rules in a "less burdensome manner

    Eric Cantor / John Boehner

    October 3, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Sequoia

    Gee, what a shocker. Republicans refusing to DO ANYTHING to CREATE JOBS. They hate our country and the American people. The good news is they will lose the House in 2012 because they are already the most hated Congress in US history.

    October 3, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. kent

    Yep they fooled the heck out of you people who voted these idots in office/Cngress 2010 Election; you voted for change alright, change nothing/the party of no. My question is are you going to vote for them again next year 2012? I knew this was going to happen, thank God I voted NO for all of them including those Blue Dog Democrats/GOPer in desguise; all are wolves in sheep clothing.

    October 3, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. hecep

    Said Cantor: "This all or nothing approach is unreasonable." Sounds to me like the GOP approach tall along to anything put out by the Democrats.

    October 3, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Jay

    The usual obstructionist policies of the far right wing zealots are alive and well. It is sad that they would rather win the White House by destroying the country. How short sighted are they not looking at the bigger picture?

    October 3, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Wait for the libtards to scream about this, while ignoring the fact that Harry Reid won't bring it to a vote in the Senate. Wait for it.....

    October 3, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Jake

    as if anyone is surprised!? Obama will just have to push ahead with America's best interest at heart. We understand, want to win back the White House, and we understand that means America must continue to fail for you to be able to accomplish that. Move forward, Obama. You've accomplished this much without them, keep moving!

    October 3, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |

    What a surprise. Where are the jobs the wingnuts promised in 2010? In China and India.

    October 3, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. CathyinMN

    Along with McConnell, Cantor is one I seriously hope is NOT re-elected.

    October 3, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Bill

    Thank goodness these obstructionist losers will be out of power after the 2012 elections.

    October 3, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. DannyCali

    We know that your Party still the party of big "NO" and "NO" nothing change after 2010 election, so you not going to see anymore like that again.

    October 3, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Austin

    Well, Cantor would certainly know a lot about being unreasonable, being that he and his ilk have done little beyond being unreasonable for months and months, as well as taking an "all or nothing" approach" to every. single. thing.

    The tides are turning. The American people are beginning to see these hard-right GOPers as the grifters they are. Their big argument of the day is that if EPA regulations are lifted, then the jobs will just pour down from heaven, which is not supported by any evidence at all. And Americans pretty much take safe food and water for granted.

    Corporations are sitting on trillions of dollars and have had some of their profitable periods ever recently. They are not creating jobs. The very wealthy are not job creators, or else they would be creating jobs, as their wealth has only increased. I support giving a tax break to "job creators", but I would like them to actually prove they've created any jobs first.

    October 3, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    The do nothing teabaggers strike again. They make sure that there are tax breaks for their Wall Street masters but payroll tax breaks for the miiddle class are impossible. 2012 will be a rude slap for wingnuts.

    October 3, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. steven harnack

    Free trade without the worker training program would just add to the problem. As usual the Republicans will support anything for big business and nothing for workers. Couldn't BE more obvious.

    October 3, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. S.positive

    Cantor, you just ate the bait and like a fish, well you get the gist...

    October 3, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Marshall M

    What good are trade deals when we aren't making anything to trade? Cantor is an idiot, following the GOP mantra of obstruct, obstruct, obstruct. His one and only goal is to tank the economy and blame Obama. Mr. Cantor, where are the jobs?

    October 3, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Republicans will be "showing their love" as they pick and choose what to bring to the floor and what to ignore.

    October 3, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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