Cantor Unhappy With Stimulus Bill
I spoke with Congressman Eric Cantor moments after he cast a dissenting vote on the latest Government stimulus bill. The bill calls for close to $900 billion in spending and tax cuts aimed at jump starting the lackluster American economy.
The bill was the first effort by the Obama administration to push their weight on Capitol Hill. While President Obama’s plan coasted to an easy passage, it did so without one Republican vote. Mr. Obama was hoping for a plan that reached bi-partisan support. That he didn’t get.
Rep. Cantor was among a select group of House GOP leaders that pushed Obama on the plan. They asked specific spending projects be removed and more tax cuts put in. Their requests were not granted by their Democractic counterparts. Cantor is afraid that the new president is not living up to his campaign pledge of changing the dynamics in Washington. Here is his quote:
“He (Obama) was voted into office on a premise that the American people accepted. That he could come and change the way Washington worked. Well this bill is not the way Washington should work. It’s the way Washington has worked. It’s the old way of doing things and right now it does not rise to the standard President Obama has set.”
I am working on getting the entire interview posted. I’ll update you when I have it.
***UPDATE*** Hear the entire Cantor interview by clicking here.