Discuss as:

Congress: Taking aim at Cantor

“Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday afternoon criticized House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as the only congressional leader who has failed to make meaningful concessions or bring a plan to the table in the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations,” The Hill reports. “ ‘There is one person who hasn't come up with a plan, hasn't compromised, hasn't reached out to the other side in an effort to move forward, and that is the majority leader in the House, Mr. Cantor,’ Schumer said from the Senate floor. ‘He is the only one who still says, 'My way or the highway.'”

The Washington Post writes that Senate Majority Leader Reid and Senate Minority Leader McConnell “are discussing a strategy that would pair McConnell’s debt-limit proposal with at least $1.5 trillion in spending cuts identified through bipartisan talks that Vice President Biden has led in recent weeks. The deal also could create a committee of 12 lawmakers who would be assigned with identifying trillions of dollars in additional savings. The panel’s recommendations would be fast-tracked to votes in the House and the Senate and would not be subject to amendment, a process similar to the one Congress uses for closing military bases.”  

The Hill: “A curveball from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has split Republicans and Democrats over what to do on the nation’s debt limit.”

A small band of Senate Republicans said Wednesday that it intends to oppose all spending bills that are brought to the Senate floor until the chamber approves a budget — a position that could spread among GOP lawmakers,” Roll Call writes. “ ‘I plan to vote against proceeding to all individual appropriations bills until the Senate passes a budget,’ Sen. Bob Corker (Tenn.) said in a release after voting to prevent the Senate from taking up the fiscal 2012 Military Construction-Veterans Affairs appropriations bill.”

“A television spot that began airing Wednesday in Salt Lake City jointly praises Utah Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee for supporting a proposed balanced budget amendment to the Constitution,” Roll Call writes. “FreedomPath, a 501(c)(4) organization, is funding the 30-second ad. It was unclear Wednesday evening who is behind the group, but its purpose could be to boost Hatch’s re-election prospects in the Republican primary by associating him with Lee on fiscal policy. The television spot is slated to run on broadcast and cable television in Salt Lake City, Utah’s largest media market.”

“Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) might look to rejoin a group of senators who tried to negotiate a bipartisan solution to the deficit, according to The Associated Press,” via The Hill. “Coburn said he has ‘floated’ a couple of deficit-reduction ideas to other members of the Gang of Six (now known as the Gang of Five without Coburn) and is waiting for their response.”