Cantor opposes fiscal cliff bill
January 1st, 2013
03:27 PM ET
10 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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After the Senate passed the legislation in the early hours of the morning with 89 senators in favor of the deal, the ball is now in the House's court to act.

Cantor said no decisions have been made on the bill and leaders are looking for the best path forward.

House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy both declined to answer questions as they emerged from the meeting.

Spokesmen for Boehner and Cantor said in identical statements that the speaker and the leader "laid out options to the members and listened to feedback" in the meeting.

"The lack of spending cuts in the Senate bill was a universal concern amongst members in today’s meeting. Conversations with members will continue throughout the afternoon on the path forward," the statements read.

Meanwhile, several members said they were unsure whether the House would vote Tuesday.

Filed under: Eric Cantor • Fiscal Cliff • John Boehner
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. livingston

    That's right guys. Keep it up. The American people are keeping tabs on who is trying to destroy America by working to destroy Americans (looking at you cantor and your buddies that have been bought and paid for). Brush off your resumes boys. You're going to need them.

    January 1, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. bluehemi

    1. Cantor is undermining the speaker in order to get his job. (the country does not matter).
    2. The House is just being arrogant and irresponsible at this point.
    3. We lost the election so man up and do what's best and COMPROMISE.

    January 1, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Sorensen

    One little, ridiculous bureaucrat can stop the whole thing??? Welcome to the banana republic.

    January 1, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. JO

    RINO Bill called it. It has been obvious for a while that Cantor has been trying to undermine the Speaker to get his job.

    January 1, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    how do we recall these obstructionist representatives.. They would rather put the country into a recession than agree to work together to legislate-I think it is time to withhold their wages, grassroots initiatives to remove them from office

    January 1, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. alissa63wind

    A shame that the meaning of politics, compromise, has been lost on the current crop of House Representatives. The Senate while making compromise now is not much better off. Yet we can see at least in the senate the ability to work together and compromise is there.
    Mr Cantor needs to do his leadership responsibility, put the bill to a vote, instead of letting his personal view drop us all to ruin.
    So many have the right idea though that we the People, are their bosses, yet the House and others seem to forget this or ignore it as they make the laws to their betterment, not ours.

    January 1, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Fiscal responsibility – lst their was no debt until 2002-2008 we got into 2 wars that we could not pay for, had senior drug coverage (which was a good idea – yes), but Congress did not have a plan to pay for that either and everyone have a home whether they could afford it or not and thus we are in this mess.
    Going over the cliff tomorrow will hurt millions and the bill the Senate passed last night does not have spending cuts, but that decision on what those will be will be addressed in 2013 with the debt crisis. Right now we are talking about avoiding hurting millions and ruining our economy or chance for growth on something that was decided to be addressed later.
    The House GOP needs to step up and act like representatives and do what is best for our Country and that is to allow a vote (which you do in a demoncracy) and then address spending cuts in January or February which is the current plan.

    January 1, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. judy

    cantor wants to be speaker and he is a tea bagging wingnut. If this does not fly blame the repo wing nuts the only time we see a balanced economy is when a democrat is in the white house republicans talk about spending cuts then spend it on military and oil. Give us a break they do what their high rolling lobby's want not the people.

    January 1, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. judy

    even newt was bragging about the balanced budget when he was in office. That was good ol bill . a democrat. Obama has actually cut the deficit since being in office. Think what it could have been under a repo???

    January 1, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. v_mag

    Ray E. (Georgia) said: "It's called Fiscal Responsibility. Something the Liberal's seem to ignore."
    Ray seems to think 2 unfunded wars and kissing the backsides of Big Oil, Big Agriculture, Big Banks, and all the other corporate owners of what was once our country equates to 'fiscal responsibility'. Give-aways to the rich and unnecessary wars were what got us into this fiscal mess. And still, Ray says, "open your eyes". Makes me wonder if Ray needs some really strong glasses.

    January 1, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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