House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Leads Opposition to Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes

Eric Cantor is leading Republican efforts in the House to oppose the Senate’s fiscal cliff tax hikes.
CNN’s Deirdre Walsh tweeted:

In the very least – Republicans need to make sure Democrats own these devastating tax hikes.

The Senate bill includes tax hikes and no spending cuts. In fact the senate budget agreement will lead to an overall increase in spending of about $330 billion over 10 years.

Politico reported that House opposition is growing to the fiscal cliff deal.

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  • Chippy

    Stop the socialists NOW! Laugh at them! They are a bunch of losers who are stealing our money and our liberty!

  • Bob

    How can the support it. Just raising taxes and no spending cuts!

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  • http://teachx3sblog.wordpress.com/ TeachX3

    And as the curtain opens for another act in the dog and pony show, the people sit on the edge of their seats waiting for what comes next in the political theater… but we all know it will not have a happy ending.

  • Look-Out

    HOw about this? Plan C —

    I saw that decoupling tax increases from spending cuts and entitlement reform would result in what we now have, where we give up on taxes but get nothing in return. We no longer have bargaining power because we have nothing left to give except even more taxes. We shot our wad on a fiscal three-card monte game.

    Plan C did nothing more than maintain the status quo until all issues were addressed as part of a “grand bargain” type agreement in which Democratic sacred cows were on the table.

    Plan C did not force either side to concede anything. Indeed, if passed now, Plan C would not rule out that part of the eventual deal on taxes may be what just passed the Senate … but at least we’d get something in return.

    Even people (like me) who are against any tax increases could live with some tax increase if it were part of a deal which actually put the country on a proper fiscal road and substantially addressed our spending problem. Let both sides sacrifice their principles, if either side does.

    It’s not to late for the House to reject a piecemeal approach. The House should mark-up the Senate bill to reflect Plan C and send it back to the Senate.

    We’re going to have a debt ceiling and spending fight anyway in two months, let everything be on the table when it happens.

    (my bolding)

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/01/time-for-house-to-call-a-time-out-pass-plan-c/#more

    Besides, I heard Barry say he’d hoped for a “Grand Bargain”. For the pathological liar, this statement was no exception.

  • Rhonda

    remember conservatives this is why you still have the HOUSE, if you don’t stand up now you might just as well pack up and go home.

  • Mad Hatter

    King George wanted the people of the 13 Colonies to pay higher taxes.

    Obama wants the people of America to pay higher taxes.

    Both Dictators have a greed for more power, and for more of the peoples money.

  • Multitude

    So if it is amended to strike the new spending and instead have dollar for dollar cuts that target indefensible Obama waste (eg ObamaPhones, another year of unemployment pay, billions to Egypt, etc.), does it go to conference committee where it can get all Boehnered up?

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  • donh

    HOW many times have we seen this…..GOOD people in the House succeed in stopping a bad measure from passing …only for the fascist to come back days later and shove an even WORSE bill down our face. It happened throughout the Bush administration. It has to END. When the House defeats something, make measures more to conservative liking or take NO for an answer. People will support some tax increase if there are CREDIBLE cuts . This bill is GARBAGE !

  • Skandia Recluse

    So H.R. 8 was the original House tax/revenue bill that the Senate gutted and rewrote? So why not just return the favor, gut the Senate version, restore the original House version, add in a flat 10% spending cuts for every number in the budget and send it back to the Senate with a few gratuitous insults directed at the President, just to be fair.

    What…wait…we don’t have a budget? Who knew?

  • Carbon Pootprint

    Double knot the ole diving trunks and jump off the cliff!!! It’s the only cuts they’ll get.

  • Carbon Pootprint

    PS: If the military is going to take the biggest hit then bring em all home now. A threat to some progressive sewer like New York or DC isn’t worth anymore flyover country blood.

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  • http://teachx3sblog.wordpress.com/ TeachX3

    #13 … I agree 100%

  • Larse

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    #13-no kidding! Especially when you throw in current open borders invasion policy….what’s the point?

  • Buzzy

    Please guys, don’t be fooled by Cantor. Either Boehner is stepping back on the negotiations as he was so damaged with his secretive negotiating with Obama, and his plan B deal, or what is even more likly is that Cantor is making moves to replace Boehner as Speaker. Haven’t we all been reading for more than a year that there were animosities between Boehner and Cantor, and that Cantor wanted to take the Speaker’s position? I promise you, Cantor replacing Boehner would be like shuffling the deck chairs on the Titanic. There is nothing conservative, or small government about Cantor. Cantor is well known in our 7th VA district as a power seaker, opportunist, who is never at a loss for a federal government fix for everything. Oh please God don’t make the mistake of putting Cantor in the Speakers chair. Two big government examples, Cantor said the Republicans don’t want to replace all of Obamacare, they want to keep the pre-existing condition portion of Ocare. He was a big champion of the Cash for Clunkers program which took many many perfectly fine vehicles off the road that is all what some people can afford without a huge monthly payment. There is alot more, but that should make everyone run for the hills, or against Cantor. Cantor will never ever move to stop Obamacare, never.

  • Buzzy

    On Thursday of last week, Eric Cantor took to the microphones, and said unqeuivocally that the House had the votes to pass Boehner’s Plan b. That was just a few hours before the vote had to be cancelled because the House did not have the votes to pass the crap called Plan B. Cantor pushed for the support of Plan B. That’s a conservative with backbone?

  • Lightwave

    In the very least – Republicans need to make sure Democrats own these devastating tax hikes.

    Senate Republicans have already ruined any chance of that.

    Scuttle the bill. Let taxes go up. Then pass a bill as soon as the new House is sworn in that makes the Bush tax cuts permanent for all Americans, and cuts spending deeply. Explain to Americans that Senate Democrats are now holding their tax cuts hostage.

    They’ll blink first, I guarantee it.

  • Winston Wolfe

    Hey. This is what American voted for. Give it to them.

    Let it burn.

  • ★FALCON★

    Cantor has read the TEA leaves and is now in a fight for his political life, nothing more.

  • jainphx

    So do you believe now that McConnell is not on our side? He folded? No my friends he is complicit. He is for his power and his back pocket and no one else. The people be damned. I say we need to realize that we need a fresh party, and not the elitist that run this country now. aren’t you all tired of the lies and the just plain bullcrap that comes from the leaders of both parties. we ele3ct tea party members only to have them steamrolled by the elitist and their minions. I’ve had enough. For those who don’t keep track, they always wait till the last minute so that nothing can be done to change the corruption.

  • American Woman

    Winston Wolfe, let my country burn? You are an ass.

  • bad actor

    I think Cantor sees an opening and is planning on trying for the Speaker’s job on the vote Thursday. He couldn’t be worse than Boehner – at least he doesn’t cry. And, Obama despises Cantor, which is good.

  • American Woman

    jainphx, there is little difference between many of those that call themselves Republicans and the Progressives. The RINOS have gutted the Republican Party.

    Realize they go to the same parties and dock their boats at the same piers. They play games with the lives of their fellow citizens.

    I’m already reading about the likelihood of a Jeb Bush run in 2016. (Same game, different player.)

  • CT

    Don’t bend over for Obama, you know what he’ll poke you with.

  • jainphx

    TERM LIMITS get the rats out of Washington. Get them out and make it illegal to have any business deals with congress for life. No lobbying of any kind period. Give this country back to we the people.

  • jainphx

    How long is too long to serve? Dingell since 1955. Conyers since 1965, Rangel since 1971. They become MILLIONAIRES and never had another job but elected official. Dah I believe it. BULLCRAP.

  • jainphx

    American woman==== Your so right! They pass laws like insider trading and then make them selves exempt, pass poor health care on us while getting “FREE” care for themselves and families. Only the best for these parasites. Benghazi is just a minor (although very deadly case) example of politics over life. You die they profit. The longer they are there the dirtier they get. Boehner cries because he knows he is a parasite, he wasn’t always, but being there is all it takes.

  • john graham

    I say LET IT BURN as well……are we going to stand by and watch all of our money and wealth be stolen from us???? I am closing my business, letting my employees go, and am going into the conserve mode….GOOD LUCK…

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Play their game. They want tax hikes? Give it to them, in spades. Put BIG tax hikes in a bill, with no spending cuts, and aim it primarily at the Democrats’ constituency. Send it to the Senate with a warning that any change made to it will render it dead in the reconciliation process. Let the Senate vote on the bill, with instructions to Senate Republicans to cast yes votes. If it passes the Senate, it’s one helluva potential hit to the idiot electorate that, by casting a vote for Democrats, voted for tax increases. “You guys wanted it, so here they are.” It goes straight to Obie’s desk, and whatever he does, sign or veto, he loses either way. Big tax increases on his backers, along with the inevitable economic tumble, or risk looking like a loudmouthed, hypocritical fool. If it doesn’t pass a Senate vote, Democrats will have then set themselves up for public ridicule because it is THEY who control the Senate.

    Keep on doing this for as long as necessary, until it is the Democrats who give away more than they get. The press? Screw them. They’re just another arm of the Democrat Party, and that’s exactly how they should be treated.

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  • Winston Wolfe

    @ ‘American”Woman

    Pull your head out, wench. It’s going to burn anyway.

    The sooner it burns to the ground, the sooner it can be rebuilt.

  • Skyfyrr

    Big mistake for Cantor and Republican Party if no deal is reached and markets punish them for it. The optics couldn’t be worse. America wants this over with, senate votes overwhelmingly in a bipartisan manner, only for a arbitrary republican house to kill it. They are reinforcing their highly negative reputation for failing to govern. They will get all the blame, and deservedly so. They are playing right into Obama’s hands. If this keeps up, you can kiss the house goodbye as well. Even gerrymandering won’t be able to save it. If you don’t like the democrats in charge of the White House and Senate, wait to you see them with the House as well. A House member said he knows Obama won but he won his seat too. Well, Obama won with every American able to vote for or against. he won the electoral college. he won the popular vote. 89 out of 97 Senators also won – won with everyone in their state able to vote on them, not just a small district rigged to be a republican majority. Like it or not, that’s called reality. If in your anger you choose to Ignore the facts, you do so at your own political peril.

  • jainphx

    skyfrr===== The brilliant Republican leadership played there hand so well!!! Were backed into a corner of their intentional making where were damned no matter what we do. They seem to always position themselves where they have to give in. Now how can this happen EVERY TIME without it being intentional? They are playing a very traitorous game to those of us that put our trust in them. people like old reach across McCain, Cornyn, and their like in the Senate. In the house with all the pork that goes into every bill that just happens to pad their pockets, what are we to think. There used to be a germane rule that said everything added to any bill must pertain to that bill. When did this change? Never mind what difference does it make were screwed.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    what makes you think the republican politicans want your money any less then the democratic politicans do? the only one that is going to reverse this raping and pillaging of the american worker’s income is the american worker. maybe we need a taxpayer’s union or some other kind of organization to regain our right to the fruits of our labor. it sure as hell isn’t going to be a politican that does it.

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  • paul52

    No meaningful cuts, no entitlement reforms….. NO DEAL! And let’s get a new Speaker on Thursday. Let Barry own it… all of it.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Big mistake for Cantor and Republican Party if no deal is reached and markets punish them for it.

    So they lose either way? Why then, should they go along with the Democrats’ little farce?

    If they’re going to go down to certain defeat, then they should be men and fight all the way, instead of making a Boehner-style tail-between-the-legs go-along-to-get-along retreat.

  • Skyfyrr

    Cantor seethes with ambition to be the next speaker. Like a shark with bloody chum in the water he sees Boehner severely wounded by the failure of his tax increase on earners over $1 million. He senses now is his time and he has made his move just as the House will vote on the Speakership. Maybe he is right. Maybe Boehner is finished. It won’t matter if he can’t House Republicans to govern beyond “No” and “My way or the highway.” The only ones on the highway to hell will be Republicans. Most of you think Cantor is doing the right thing. That’s not how the American people or the financial markets or the world will see it. Any and all negative repercussions on the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling (and they will be massive and substantial), will be squarely blamed on the entire Republican Party. If so, say goodbye to the House. If you didn’t like the results of the 2012 elections, wait till you see 2014 and 2016. Lots of pain coming, looking for someone to blame. Cantor may be Speaker for a couple years, then he will just be a muted scream from the bleacher seats of the minority. Learn from the mistakes of the 2012 election – don’t keep repeating them. The Republican Party is going over the cliff. They are about to get buried.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Any and all negative repercussions on the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling (and they will be massive and substantial), will be squarely blamed on the entire Republican Party.

    Assuming this does indeed happen, there will be two main reasons behind it: 1) They failed to fight from the beginning. Compromise, compromise, compromise, and all of that go-along-to-get-along BS in service of their persistent, ill-advised pursuit of mushy independent voters has been adding up over the years and now the Republicans find themselves in a predicament of their own making. The worst damage of all is that which is self-inflicted. 2) The transformation of the media into the mouthpiece of the Democrat Party, the seeming denial by the Republican “leadership” of this development (notice how they keep on selecting known liberal media figures to moderate their debates), and their seeming inability to counter that liberal media bias accordingly.

    If the Republican Party is to go the way of the Whigs, that’s fine, because what replaces it couldn’t be any worse.

  • imtorqued

    “In the very least – Republicans need to make sure Democrats own these devastating tax hikes.”

    Oh get real. republicans can’t even make sure their ovaries are in the right place before they go off to do the regressive commiecrats work for them. Two headed snake. Time to break out the ax.