Presumptive House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has the health care reform bill in his sights.
“I want to see a defund vote go across the floor as soon as possible,” the Virginia Republican told Roll Call on Tuesday night moments before Republicans swept the midterm elections to retake control of the House.
Cantor, the Minority Whip who is expected to move into the Majority Leader job unopposed, said he also expects to hold a vote on a full extension of the Bush-era tax cuts — if they are not extended during the upcoming lame-duck session.
A repeal of last year’s health care reform law and the extension of the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts are a key part of the Republican “Pledge to America” agenda.
Cantor said the new House Republican majority will put spending cuts and jobs creation atop its agenda. Republicans secured at least 60 seats in Tuesday’s elections.
“Leadership is about responding to what people’s challenges are,” he said. “I intend to encourage votes on the message of this election that is cut the size of government, pare down the deficit and get people back to work.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.