Senate Democrats

With Major Issues Confronting Congress, Cantor Declares ‘Serious Legislating All But Done’

After Boehner Says Challenges ‘Can’t Wait Until After Election,’ Cantor Disavows Policy In Favor of Politics

(Excerpts from Speaker Boehner’s Address on the Economy, Debt Limit & American Jobs, 5/15/12]
[Excerpts from “Eric Cantor: Congress Goes From Policy to Politicking”, Politico, 
Boehner: “It’s about time we roll up our sleeves and get to work.” “… on Tuesday, Cantor all but predicted 2012 substantively over.
Boehner: “Now, I can already hear the grumbles … partisans getting all worked up or people saying, ‘eh, let’s wait until after the election.’ We can’t wait. [Cantor] thinks an election is required to solve differences between Democrats and Republicans.”
Boehner: “[In 2011], we were on the verge of an agreement that would have reduced the deficit by trillions, by strengthening entitlement programs and reforming the tax code with permanently lower rates for all, laying the foundation for lasting growth.”
“If we have leaders who will lead … if we have leaders with the courage to make tough choices and the vision to pursue a future paved with growth, then we can heal our economy and again be the example for all to follow.”
“… in recent weeks, allies of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) began quietly reminding players in the Capitol that he wasn’t in favor of a grand compromise.
“… One thing Cantor isn’t interested in: Bowles-Simpson, a bipartsian deficit-reduction plan authored by former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.).”