“It is clear that because Senator Reid refuses to make any spending cuts, he instead plans to force a massive future tax hike on families and small business people. In the scope of our debt crisis, if Senator Reid and Sen. Schumer force the government to partially shut down over these sensible spending cuts, Americans will hold them accountable,” Cantor said in a statement.
There was also dispute brewing behind the scenes over which side — and who — was doing more to undermine the talks.
Democrats targeted the tea party movement for keeping GOP leaders on the negotiating sidelines, while Republicans argued that Senate Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) undermined the talks by making what they charged were inflammatory and counterproductive statements about the GOP’s role.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.