Cantor Can’t Explain Why Republicans Are Leaving Town And Letting Tax Cuts Expire

Today during a colloquy on the Floor, Whip Hoyer couldn’t get a straight answer from Leader Cantor when he was asked about the House schedule. That’s because Leader Cantor doesn’t want to admit that House Republicans are leaving town and letting taxes go up on middle class families, allowing unemployment insurance to expire, and putting seniors’ access to doctors at risk.

In case you missed it, here are a few highlights from Mr. Hoyer’s comments:

“I understand the Majority Leader's position, but he didn't answer my question as to whether his Members intend to go home this afternoon… I don't think that I got an answer to the question. But having said that, if in fact an agreement is not reached prior to the middle of next week, is the House prepared to preclude the eventuality of 160 million people losing that tax cut? Are you prepared to preclude the possibility of 48 million people losing their Medicare benefits? Are you prepared to preclude 2.3 million people losing unemployment insurance by not acting on an overwhelmingly bipartisan agreement that was reached in the United States Senate?”

“What I am asking the gentleman is, that we do not put at risk the 160 million people who are expecting their tax cut to continue, the 48 million seniors who want access to their doctors, and the 2.3 million people who are going to go off unemployment… We have… introduced a bill with 170 co-sponsors which adopts the compromise agreement so that we will give that certainty of which the gentleman speaks, allay the anxiety which we know exists, and give to those 160 million people the certainty they'll get the tax cut, the 48 million [people] the certainty they'll have access to their doctors, and the 2.3 million [people] the certainty that they will not be kicked off the unemployment rolls so they won't be able to support themselves and their families.”

“Unfortunately, I will tell my friend, too often we have seen on this Floor unwillingness to compromise even on your bills. We had a CR on the Floor on March 15, unfortunately 54 of your members walked away from that. On April 15, we had a Continuing Resolution to keep the government open and 59 Republicans walked away from that. On June 23, you left the Biden talks. On July 22, Speaker Boehner walked away from the debt limit negotiations between him and the President. On August 1, 66 Republicans walked away on the debt limit extension, which was your bill, not ours, your bill. On November 17, some 101 Republicans walked away from passing an appropriations bill which would keep agencies funded. On December 18, 86 Republicans walked away from the bill to fund the balance of government. So I might say to my friend, it seems to me what we're doing today is walking away today from those 160 million people, walking away from those 48 million seniors and walking away from those 2.3 million unemployed.”