Cantor: 'We don't need anymore uncertainty'
By Daniel Strauss
December 19, 2011
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) suggested Monday evening that Republicans in his chamber had no plans to budge on killing the Senate's payroll tax cut extension bill.
During a pair of interviews on CNN and Fox News, Cantor said that House Republicans were committed to passing a one year tax extension rather than a two-month one like the Senate's plan.
"We don't need to be governing in two month increments," Cantor said on CNN. "We don't need any more uncertainty."
Cantor's comments came in spite of both Democrats and a small group of Senate Republicans calling for the House to pass the Senate bill.
On Saturday, before senators left for the year, the Senate easily passed a tax cut extension 89-10 and both top Republicans and Democrats in the chamber said that the bill was likely to be acceptable to House Republicans. But on Sunday House Speaker John Boehner said the legislation was unacceptable for House Republicans. On Monday Boehner predicted that the bill be killed in the House. Boehner added that the House would likely create a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the Senate's two-month extenuation with the House's yearlong extension which was passed earlier this year.
Cantor echoed that sentiment in his CNN interview on Monday. He said the Senate would have to return to Washington to renegotiate the bill.
"I don't think anybody really thinks it is a good way to implement policy on a two month basis," Cantor continued. "And again that's what we're saying, it's time for the Senate to come back to town and do what it is the president said we should be doing which is provide that yearlong guarantee that taxes are not going to go up on working people."