House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Wednesday accepted House Majority Leader Steny Hoyers (D-Md.) offer to meet and discuss areas of bipartisan agreement on health care reform.
But Cantor said the conversation would not center on the Democratic health care reform bill, which many Republicans believe should be scrapped.
Certainly not 80 percent of [Democrats] can agree on H.R. 3200, Cantor said.
Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that he wanted to sit down with the Virginia Republican and Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) to find out what aspects of the Democratic health care proposal the GOP lawmakers support.
I want to find out what that 80 percent is, Hoyer said, referring to earlier GOP statements that the two parties agree on about 80 percent of the reform proposals. Whatever it is, we need to find out what it is and see if we can reach agreement.
Cantor and Boustany have contended that they do not support any part of the House Democratic legislation. But they said they are willing to work with Democrats on a set of mutual health care goals.
Boustany accepted Hoyers offer to sit down in a letter Tuesday afternoon.
American families need health care reforms to lower costs and increase access to a quality doctor-patient relationship, Boustany wrote Tuesday. We can achieve many of these bipartisan reforms without disrupting existing coverage, growing the deficit or threatening jobs.
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.