Majority Leader Hoyer Sidesteps Cantor's Tax Challenge On CNN's "Situation Room"
April 16, 2010
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"... I would challenge Steny to say, we're not going to allow for tax hikes to occur this year because we don't need any more money coming out of people's pockets into Washington.”


House Republican Whip Eric Cantor
CNN's "Situation Room"
April 15, 2010

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuZiWneEPgE


Cantor Calls For A Ban On Tax Increases:

"Today is tax day as you said before. Steny and I work together on a lot of things. As you may expect, we disagree on some. I think today, tax day, would be a great time for us to start and maybe join together, and I would challenge Steny to say, “hey, come on let's just say right now we're not going to allow for tax hikes to occur this year because we don't need any more money coming out of people's pockets into Washington.” That would probably be the best response to the poll that you speak about.

"Every American knows their taxes are going up in December. Let's say right now we're not going to allow taxes to increase, especially when we've got the unemployment that we have and the need for us to grow this economy and to produce jobs. Let's say right now no tax hikes is year.


On Increasing Capital Gains Taxes:

"All capital gains taxes will go up. We’ll have marginal rates increase. This is a huge tax increase on the American people that is set to happen in a time in which we've got really high unemployment and the need for job growth.


On The U.S.-Israel Relationship:

"I stand side by side with and salute the leadership of Steny Hoyer on the question of the U.S.-Israel relationship. I think it is very clear to most Americans that Israel’s security is synonymous with our own. We have a lot of struggle out there in this world, and we are in an ideological fight with the spread of radical Islam. It's something that we've got to take seriously, because we know the impact it can have on free-loving people like those of us in the United States.


On Iran Sanctions:

"Steny and I also are working hand in hand together on a resolution that I’m hopeful Congress will produce very shortly which will impose real sanctions on any nation doing business with the nation of Iran. Because it is Iran that poses an existential threat to us here in this country as well as Israel."


View the entire interview HERE.