“Good morning, the Senate’s action last night proved that the month-long campaign that the White House has been on to promote the President’s bill failed. It demonstrated that the President could not even get the necessary support in his own party to pass the bill. I think we see in the House as well, as of last week, the chief sponsor of the President’s bill put the bill in ‘by request,’ which does not indicate a wholehearted support of the bill. At the end of last week there weren’t any Democratic cosponsors of the President’s bill. I think that now, hopefully, we can see through what the activity has been about and get to work for the people.
“As the Speaker said, we have enumerated a list of things and indicated that since the President came to the Hill in the beginning of September – we have said over and over again – there are items that we are going to continue to work on and push forward with that will help grow this economy and get people back to work. When we hear several on the other side of the aisle in the Senate indicate that somehow this is our economy, and we are to blame because we are not passing the President’s bill, I think we can all see through that now. The President’s bill does not have the bipartisan support needed to pass, because we believe that it is contrary to what is needed right now to help small businesses grow. We’re going to continue to work towards that end today and pass the trade bills. We have several items coming up when we get back, the 3% withholding bill that will help folks and lower the cost of contract goods and services so we can help get this economy going again in a constructive way.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Remarks at GOP Stakeout
October 12, 2011