Cantor: Democrats Attempt to Silence Critics, Protect Big Labor
April 29, 2010
Contact: Doug Heye, Megan Whittemore

Washington D.C. –  House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement after Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), rushed to unveil legislation designed to silence his party’s critics and protect Democrat special interest allies like big labor just months before a national election:

“When the Democrats’ top political operatives craft legislation that will have vast implications on free speech and the electoral process in America, red flags should go up. A collection of the Democrats’ top Washington political gurus are not the best umpires for determining fair elections or free speech, and the American people know it.

“Publicly, Democrats have claimed that the legislation ‘should not be a partisan issue,’ but behind the scenes, the exact-opposite attitude predominates. Despite repeated requests for cooperation by my Republican House colleagues— including a letter sent to Rep. Van Hollen on March 3 and another to House Administration Chairman Robert Brady on April 15—Democrats have decided to go it alone and draft a bill that protects their big labor union friends and silences their detractors.

“The Schumer-Van Hollen bill is just the latest example of the Democrats rushing out legislation with little care for its constitutionality or ramifications. It’s all part of a pattern that has become all too predictable, and the worst part is, it is the American people who have to live with the consequences. Americans deserve much better from their leaders in Washington."