GOP Lawmakers Pull Out of Budget Talks After Dems Insist on Job-Killing Tax Hikes
Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters yesterday:
“Job Creation Is Not a Government Program.”
Republican leaders pulled out of the bi-partisan budget talks after democrats continued to insist on job-killing tax hikes.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
U.S. House and Senate Republican negotiators said they were pulling out of the bipartisan budget talks headed by Vice President Joe Biden for now because the group has reached an impasse over taxes that only President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner could resolve.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.), in an interview after a negotiating session he described as bitterly contentious, said he would not be attending Thursday’s scheduled meeting of the bipartisan deficit-reduction leadership group. Mr. Cantor said he believed it was time for the negotiations to move to a higher level.
“We’ve reached the point where the dynamic needs to change,” Mr. Cantor said. “It is up to the president to come in and talk to the speaker. We’ve reached the end of this phase. Now is the time for these talks to go into abeyance.”
An aide to Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) also said the lawmaker was withdrawing from the talks. The two have been the GOP representatives in the negotiations for the last six weeks.
“The White House and Democrats are insisting on job-killing tax hikes and new spending,” Mr. Kyl said in a statement. “That proposal won’t address our fiscal crisis, our jobs crisis, or protect and reform entitlements.”