“In everyday life when something doesn’t work, most people stop doing it and try something new. Well, we know that the President’s policies have not helped this economy get back on strong footing. We know they’re not working. These policies of stimulus, the radical takeover of healthcare, and the incurrence of more debt - these are not working to help people get back to work in this country.
“The White House now says that perhaps we should focus on small business. Thank you Mr. President, we want you to help us do something for the backbone of this country, which are American small businesses. Some of the things that the White House mentioned are the things that we’ve been talking about for over a year now - like businesses expensing, like helping business startups, like trying to address the visa cap issue for foreign workers. All of these are in our Plan for America’s Job Creators. On all of these things, we’ve been asking the President to join us to help small businesses, so we’re very excited about that and hopefully we can get something done.
“Now, we also need to make sure that we are sending the signal that we are going to get the fiscal house straight here in Washington and stop spending money we don’t have. We have a bill on the floor today that does that. It says we have to reduce the expenditures having to do with the growth in the number of federal employees. We want to freeze federal employee pay, including our own. This is a bill which makes sure that we are consistent with what we’re expecting of everybody else, and to show that we’re doing it here in the legislative branch as well. We hope our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join us in doing that.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
House GOP Stakeout
February 1, 2012