Cantor: Adler Won’t Support His Own Proposed Budget Cut

Posted July 28, 2010 at 1:38pm

Updated: July 28, 8:04 p.m.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is calling out Rep. John Adler for proposing a $1.1 billion budget cut only to fight Republican efforts to bring the idea to the House floor.

The New Jersey Democrat’s proposal, which would slice $1.1 billion over a decade by eliminating the Advance Earned Income Tax Credit, won the weekly online “YouCut” poll sponsored by Cantor.

But Adler is refusing to work with Cantor to compel a House floor vote, Cantor complained, even after Adler and other Democrats formed a deficit working group and said they welcome Republican support.

“It’s puzzling and unfortunate that just a week after Congressman Adler and three other House Democrats formed a working group that they claimed would fight spending cuts, he’d refuse to publicly support his own proposal,” Cantor said in a statement.

“While Congressman Adler refuses to be a part of a real effort to cut spending, we will offer his proposal so that the entire House can vote on it in order to show that bipartisanship and cutting spending don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

Adler spokesman Ryan Carbain contended that Adler is working across the aisle but dismissed Cantor’s attempt to force a vote as a parliamentary procedural move.

“Our office politely declined invitations from Mr. Cantor’s press office to promote and speak about the Congressman’s proposal,” Carbain said. “We hope that we can work with Mr. Cantor’s office on possible co-sponsorships and ways to reduce our deficit.”

Earlier Wednesday, Carbain said, “Whether opposing the bank bailouts, various appropriations bills or introducing legislation to reduce the deficit, Congressman Adler is working across the aisle to cut spending and pay down our debt,” Carbain said.

“Yesterday, Congressman Adler and the Spending Cut Working Group moved forward on a common-sense proposal to reform federal housing subsidies to reduce the deficit by $2.375 billion over 10 years,” Carbain added. “Families, seniors and small businesses deserve better than press releases and parliamentary procedures that will not actually reduce our deficit.”

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring condemned Adler. “Mr. Adler’s hypocrisy is blatantly obvious for everyone to see, and whether he realizes it or not, his party controls the House; thus ‘moving forward’ would mean bringing any spending cut up for an actual real-life vote, as is his duty,” Dayspring said. “Mr. Adler was for himself before he was against himself, and that should concern his constituents.”

Cantor plans to try to force a vote on the proposal Thursday.