Today, Majority Leader Eric Cantor appeared on CNN's "New Day" to discuss Washington's abuse of power that is distracting from the issue Americans care most about: job creation.
"Certainly, I would think it's troubling for the President in the fact that half the American people now don't think the President is trustworthy and honest. What they're witnessing is a Washington and a government that has abused its power, and frankly, has lost focus on the issue that most Americans care about, which is getting people back to work. That's why we as House Republicans are very focused on trying to restore the faith in our government and the trust that people should have in that government, as well as their faith in the economy."
"Congress' role is oversight and we are engaged in a very rigorous oversight of many of these agencies that have committed this violation of trust in the American people. As the IRS issues, in particular, I think raise big concerns, we have both Chairman Camp on the Ways and Means Committee, as well as Chairman Issa on the Oversight Committee, and their committee members, very hard at work interviewing the necessary people and reviewing the documents to understand exactly what was going on. As you know, there was news out this morning which indicated that the kind of targeting of conservative groups was not just taking place or was not just made aware to people in Cincinnati. It actually was communicated back to Washington, which, again, I think underscores the importance of these oversight hearings and investigations. We have to get to the bottom of this. The facts will lead us to the truth and hopefully all of that will restore people's faith in government. Right now, we have a lot to work to do as this Administration has abused its power and violated the trust of the people."
Leader Cantor also highlighted the Kids First Research Act, which would prioritize research for children's autism and other diseases:
"Americans - conservatives, liberals, Independents, Republicans, Democrats - I think all of us can agree that research and science has, in fact, allowed America to lead with innovation. Certainly, if we put our priority on health care research, pediatrics in particular, we can help kids. We can help cure disease, which also will lower costs. I have a constituent, her name is Katie, and she is 12-years-old. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 1-year-old. She's been struggling, back and forth to St. Jude and other hospitals, and is doing quite well, but has a condition as a child, as a 12-year-old, that’s frankly a disease which doesn't have a lot of research around it. So if we can help people and kids like Katie, we can obviously put them and their families at ease – we can cure their disease, put them back on track to a healthy life – but we can also try to deal with some of the health care costs that continue to spiral out of control here in Washington."