Cantor Tries to Shift Focus From Budget to Jobs

Posted May 23, 2011 at 1:05pm

House Republicans will unveil a job-growth agenda later this week, Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters Monday.

The latest initiative comes as Republicans have stumbled over their budget plan and efforts to reform Medicare, which Democrats have seized upon for several weeks. The jobs plan also comes just before Members return home for a long Memorial Day weekend, during which they will likely tout the new agenda.

Cantor said Thursday’s unveiling is part of the party’s continued focus on the economy. While much of the rhetoric has been focused on spending cuts, the Virginia Republican said the party will look to job growth with its new initiative.

“Obviously of late we have been talking a lot about the spending reduction side and how to address the deficit from cutting back on expenditures,” he said. “But later this week we are going to be unveiling the growth agenda.”

Cantor would not elaborate on the contents of the plan, but he asserted that it “will serve the purpose of trying to further define the choice that the electorate will have in the upcoming elections. Essentially the choice is going to be more taxes and more government versus more growth and more jobs.”

But he did tease the fact that the plan will include tax reform. “It includes an insistence that Washington stop being an adversary as far as the regulatory role and start being a partner for small-business growth,” he said.

House Democrats have touted their own jobs plan, dubbed “Make It in America,” in recent weeks as the party also seeks to grasp the economic mantle. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), along with other Democratic leaders, re-introduced the plan earlier this month with a focus on manufacturing jobs.