House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Remarks At GOP Press Stakeout
April 14, 2010
Cantor on Frustration with Washington:
"Frustration and ire focused on Washington can characterize the mindset of the American people. Over the last several weeks our members have been at home in their districts and I think heard loudly and clearly that the people of this country are questioning every decision that this Congress makes and are questioning the wisdom of the kinds of legislation that is being passed and enacted into law.
"There’s no question that the past year, as well as the next seven months, clearly lays out a choice for the American people as to what kind of America we want to be. Whether it was the solution that the Majority posed for getting people back to work, the stimulus bill, which failed. Whether it was the characterization of a cap and trade bill to be the fix for our energy problems in this country, or the health care bill that we just saw passed, or now what we’re looking at in terms of regulatory reform.
On the Majority's Government Takeover of Our Economy:
"No question that it represents one view – a view that somehow we need Washington to take a more active role in every aspect of our economy and more aspects of people’s lives. The latest example of decisions and differences in approaches is the Majority’s seeming decision not to pass a budget this year. This comes on the heels of the announcement that there was a $65 billion deficit in the month of March and a decision now is being made because the Democrats feel it politically impossible or inexpedient for them to pass a budget that therefore they won’t do so.
"What are the American people saying about this? Unfortunately, the American people are not given that luxury. They’ve got to face facts and make some decisions about the future of their households and their small businesses. That’s not the kind of leadership that we need.
On Republican Leadership & Solutions:
"As you have heard the Republicans are positing solutions that are premised on the very notion of what has made America the country that we are. The notion that somehow people against all odds, if they work hard and play by the rules, they get ahead. That is in contrast to the kind of leadership decisions being made now, which is assuming that Washington can sort of right the equation and fix all problems for all people. We know and the American people know that that is just not a sustainable answer nor does it provide the kind of leadership this country needs today."
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