“The House will vote on a measure today that, although not perfect, will begin to change the culture here in Washington. For too many decades, on the part of both parties, this town has spent money that it doesn't have. By sending 87 new Republicans to the Congress this year, the American people have actually changed that, and have changed the direction of this country. Now, I said that the bill is not perfect, and it is not, but change in the way that Washington spends taxpayer dollars is often like redirecting or turning an aircraft carrier, it is a monumental task.
“In my experience throughout the last couple of months - I have been involved in a lot of discussions surrounding this issue - from day one this Administration has been insisting that we raise taxes in order to solve this problem. The big win here for us and for the American people is the fact that there are no tax hikes in this package. With so many people out of work, with the middle class hoping for more jobs, the last thing we need right now are tax hikes.
“I am told that the Leader on the other side of the building, the Majority Leader went to the floor today and indicated that somehow I had changed my position on that, and I can tell you flat out, he is wrong. I insist, again, that now is not the time for us to be considering tax hikes when there is over 9 percent unemployment and too many people are out of work.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Remarks at GOP Stakeout
August 1, 2011