House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today announced that he will lead a bipartisan Congressional delegation to the Asia-Pacific from April 18-27. Members will meet with key leaders in Japan, South Korea, and China to discuss economic growth and trade, regional security challenges, and strengthening our alliances in the region.
Majority Leader Cantor said, "While the situation in the Middle East continues to deteriorate and Russia's aggression against Ukraine has raised new concerns about security in Europe, the United States must also remain engaged in promoting peace and stability in Asia. Our investment in Asia's future is an investment in our own prosperity. I look forward to a productive dialogue with Japanese, Korean, and Chinese leaders about the importance of free trade and free markets, as well as our shared interests in promoting stability in the region and confronting North Korean provocations."
Earlier this afternoon, President Obama called House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about immigration:
"Today, President Obama called me to discuss his desire for comprehensive immigration reform. The President called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together. After five years, President Obama still has not learned how to effectively work with Congress to get things done. You do not attack the very people you hope to engage in a serious dialogue. I told the President the same thing I told him the last time we spoke. House Republicans do not support Senate Democrats' immigration bill and amnesty efforts, and it will not be considered in the House. I also reiterated to the President there are other issues where we can find common ground, build trust and get America working again. I hope the President can stop his partisan messaging, and begin to seriously work with Congress to address the issues facing working middle class Americans that are struggling to make ends meet in this economy."
On Friday evening, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor received the 2014 Children's Advocacy Award at the annual Children's Ball to benefit Children's National Health System:
"Doctors, nurses, and researchers at Children's National do outstanding work on behalf of children and their families every day. Providing quality care to children so that they can live brighter and healthier lives is a top priority. Over the last year, the Congress has advanced important legislation that puts kids first, including the PREEMIE Act, the Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act, and the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. I am committed to continue working together to find treatments and cures for our kids. It was an incredible honor to receive the Children's Advocacy Award and I will keep working to build support for pediatric research so we can help more children."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today released the following statement after the Senate passed the DATA Act:
"The DATA Act is a huge win for open government and the innovators, developers, and citizens who will benefit from it. The House will act swiftly to send this to the President."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor today gave the following remarks on the House floor in support of the Pro Growth Budget Act:
"Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of the Pro Growth Budget Act. Right now, America is not working for too many people. For years our economy has remained stagnant and job growth weak. At the current time, 3 out of 4 Americans report that they are living paycheck to paycheck. The ability to climb the economic ladder of success and live the American Dream is becoming much more difficult for millions of people.
"Mr. Chairman, this is the status quo in America, but it is a status quo that we must not accept. Our constituents deserve better. Our constituents deserve a government that is focused on turning this economy around and making America work again, and work again for everybody.