Skip to comments.Va. Tea Party activists 'disappointed' with Cantor on spending
Posted on 03/14/2011 1:25:21 PM PDT by Qbert
Virginia Tea Party activists this weekend turned up the pressure on House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) over the speed at which the GOP-led Congress is looking to cut spending.
Leaders of the Virginia Tea Party Patriot Federation issued a tough statement on Sunday, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, calling on Cantor to make deeper cuts to the budget at a faster pace.
"We are extremely disappointed in Eric Cantor, but not surprised," Mark K. Lloyd, the group's chairman, said in a release. "The will of the American people was pretty clear in November cut, cut, cut spending. Apparently, Eric Cantor's 'conversion' to fiscal restraint was only temporary." The group's comments are a sign that the GOP base is growing more restless as lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggle to hammer out an agreement over a bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year.
Lawmakers must pass a plan, or a stopgap measure, by the end of this week to avoid a government shutdown something some Tea Party activists have said they would not mind seeing.
A House GOP proposal to cut $61 billion from last year's spending levels failed to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate last week, prompting Democratic leaders to call on Republicans to meet them in the middle.
But the Virginia Tea Party group criticized Cantor for voting against an amendment to the proposal that would have tacked on an additional $22 billion in cuts. The vote divided Republican congressional leaders: Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) voted against it, while conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (Texas) voted for it.
Megan Whittemore, a press secretary for Cantor, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that House Republicans plan to offer a bold budget proposal with significant spending cuts, but explained that Democratic votes are needed to pass any proposal.
"In the current debate over the continuing resolution, the House passed the single largest spending cut in modern history, significantly larger than those passed by then-Speaker [Newt] Gingrich [R-Ga.] and the '95 Republican majority," she said. "In the coming weeks, we will present a budget that includes even more cuts and will address insolvent entitlement programs which are the largest drivers of our debt. There is a lot of work to be done, and Republicans will continue to lead the effort to cut government spending, but we will need Democrats to join us so these House-passed measures can become law."
Jamie Radtke, a Virginia Tea Party activist running in the commonwealth's GOP Senate primary, urged leaders to take a principled stance.
"Why not take the principled stance
let's show what true limited constitutional government looks like," she said. "This is a prime opportunity for the leadership in the House to put down a plan that people can see, a vision for America that people can grab and say, 'This is how we turn it around.' "
VA voters YOU, have work to do!
Cantor was pre-Tea Party. More recent episodes involving him indicate he is no better than Boehner or McConnell.
Does Cantor sell for Prudential or Metropolitan?
I trust Eric Cantor (and the other “Young Guns’) about as far as I can throw Chris Christie. All sizzle and no steak.
Eric cantor is a socialist just like Bone-us and McConnel
Any chance he could lose a primary challenge? That would send a powerful message!
Cantor is a TARPer, this is expected.
“Cantor was pre-Tea Party. More recent episodes involving him indicate he is no better than Boehner or McConnell.”
Yep. I thought he would learn from Nov. at least- apparently not.
I think you need 100,000 of whole life with a 10k rider. Yo check it.
You’re saying he’s in the tank for insurance companies? I didn’t know that. Care to illuminate us sunshine? ;)
No! It was just a joke. He reminds me of a life insurance salesman. I just think we need to go to War against the Libs. Not try to pacify and bring them along. Just a little joke.
When this happens you come back with even MORE cuts.