House Majority Leader Eric Cantor refused to answer specific questions on the work of the super committee during his weekly press conference but said his experience working on a debt limit deal with Vice President Joseph Biden gave him sympathy for the negotiators.
Republicans argue they have built a public record of attempting to take the super committee seriously, and Schumer’s comments have shifted the onus onto Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) to demonstrate support.
“With Schumer out there talking it down ... it really comes down to Reid,” a House Republican said.
Democrats — who also have shown no signs yet of walking away from the talks — dismissed the strategy.
“Serious legislators do not walk away from tough negotiations, and we hope Republicans have learned that painful lesson after the famous walk out by Leader Cantor and the double walkout by Speaker Boehner,” a House Democratic aide said Monday, referencing previous times this year when Republicans walked away from bipartisan attempts to solve the deficit problem.
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.