Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) continued the rollout of the House GOP economic growth package Saturday, using the partyâ€™s weekly address to press the case that Republicans will get government out of the way of job creators.
â€œFor too long, Washington has relied on gimmicks or government-knows-best solutions,â€ said Cantor, the House majority leader. â€œNo more. Now, more than ever, our nation needs small businesses and entrepreneurs to get people back to work.â€
The Virginia Republicanâ€™s address comes shortly after his conference unveiled the second part of what they call a â€œCut and Growâ€ strategy, an initiative Cantor has been pushing throughout his almost five months as majority leader.
The economic growth plan features proposals that Republicans have already been pushing for, including reducing top tax rates to 25 percent, passing a trio of pending trade agreements, rolling back government regulations and overhauling the nationâ€™s patent system.
It is also seen as having little chance at gaining the support of either President Obama or a Senate led by Democrats.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House minority leader, called the plan â€œwarmed over stewâ€ on Thursday, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) responded that the ideas remain strong, even if they arenâ€™t right out of the box.
â€œFrankly, this administrationâ€™s regulators have gone on an ideological offensive against businesses that is costing our country billions of dollars and countless jobs,â€ Cantor said in the weekly address. â€œYet this administration is telling Americaâ€™s businessmen and women to create more jobs.â€
At the same time, Cantor also spoke more broadly about the Republican plan, trying to cast it in historical terms and using Memorial Day to make the case that the U.S. has traditionally preferred restrained government.
â€œWhether it was the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution or the Internet Revolution: we are unique in our ability to apply creativity, intellect and leadership to solve any problem,â€ Cantor said. â€œNow we face new obstacles as this country finds itself at a crossroads. Before us is a choice about who we want to be as a country.â€
â€œThis Memorial Day,â€ he added, â€œwe are reminded that the true grit of Americans is passed from one generation to the next, so long as government remains limited and opportunity remains unlimited, through free markets and a fair playing field.â€
The Houseâ€™s No. 2 Republican also expressed his condolences to the victims of the tornadoes that have devastated the Midwest recently.
â€œAs we spend time with family this weekend, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Joplin, Mo., Oklahoma City and other areas of our country that are facing unthinkable circumstances and terribly tragedy,â€ he said. â€œPlease know that Congress stands ready for a request for funding from President Obama to ensure that resources are available to help these communities rebuild and recover.â€
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