"Good morning. As the Speaker said, it is our position that we want to make sure we provide some certainty to the working people of this country that their taxes are not going to go up for an entire year. Unfortunately, that view, although it is shared, is not being implemented or proposed to be implemented by the Senate proposal. We are here and we want to solve the problem. Frankly, given where the parties are, there is not a big difference between our positions. It all comes down to the pay-fors, the budgetary impact of the extension of this tax holiday.
"I saw the President out yesterday doing his Christmas shopping. I saw he brought his dog with him. You know, we are here. He can bring his dog up here. We are pet-friendly. Again, it will not take a long time, we can probably resolve the differences within an hour. That is why we are here to say, let's do this. Let's avoid any more uncertainty. Let's try and avoid another one of these difficult moments within 60 days so we can get on about the business of putting in place factors for a better economy and job creation."
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
House GOP Stakeout
December 22, 2011