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  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Statement on March for Life. 24 January 2011. "Today, thousands of Americans will join together in the March for Life to highlight our shared belief in the principle that the right to life is universal and not reserved only for the planned. I applaud all those who will march today on our national Mall, even in these cold temperatures, to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. No Taxpayer Funding on Abortion Act. 4 May 2011. "I thank the gentleman. And I would also like to congratulate and thank the gentleman from New Jersey, who had just spoken, for his leadership on this issue. Madam Speaker, above all else, we are a culture that values life. Likewise, our efforts as a Nation are dedicated to improving, preserving, and celebrating life. That's why it's no surprise that polling routinely shows that over 60 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortion. H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, enforces a government-wide prohibition on subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. At a time of fiscal crisis, this bill ensures that scarce resources are not diverted towards increasing the number of abortions in America. This bill also codifies existing conscience protections and closes loopholes that offer tax-preferred status to abortion. In short, it comports with our values as a people. Thomas Jefferson warned that ``to compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.'' Forcing Americans to subsidize elective abortion with their tax dollars falls squarely in this camp. Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 3 to ensure that no taxpayer dollars go toward the funding of abortion." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor Media Round-Up. 14 March 2009. "There is no limit to what is being discussed, we want a wide open policy debate. My thought is that our traditional values, our belief in God, the faith we adhere to, our notions of how that plays out every day infiltrates everything - it colors our worldview. Whether you are talking about education and you believe that it is a parent's right to direct a child's education, or whether you are talking about healthcare and you believe in the preservation of life - the application of those beliefs become very real when you are talking about taxpayer dollars supporting abortion clinics, or whether you are going to fight against requiring health facilities to perform abortions. These are the areas in which the traditional values that most people believe in will play out. Traditional values will have a big part in the discussions across this country." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H AMDT 209. 109th Congress. Overseas Military Facilities Abortion Amendment. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 05/25/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. S 403. 110th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 6099. 110th Congress. Abortion Pain Bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 12/06/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Eric Cantor a rating of 13 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 748. 109th Congress. Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 04/27/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor Statement On March For Life. 22 January 2010. "More young Americans are choosing life than ever before. Signs of progress and hope abound, and along with my colleagues and millions Americans, we will continue to fight so that one day America will once again protect the unalienable right to life." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action West. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of Peace Action West 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Peace Action. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Peace Action 13 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. POLITICO: Message to Obama on Afghanistan. 3 February 2010.Our goals in Afghanistan are reasonable, but they cannot be achieved if we significantly reduce our military presence in the country at this critical juncture. We must remember that the safety and security of the American people and our allies are at stake. We abandon our long-term interests in this strategic region at our own peril. (www.politico.com)
  • Eric Cantor. Video: Eric Cantor: Afghan War will take 'commitment'. 8 July 2010. "Right after 9/11, when we went in there and busted up the Taliban and it's grip on that country, and [¦] Again, it's going to be a commitment and a focus [¦] We've got to win this war. We understand the nature of the threat and the risk if that region of the world were to descend [¦] We can't afford to lose this war [¦] I think that's counter to the goal of winning the war when you put out a date certain of withdrawal." (www.youtube.com)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Statement On House Measure To Prevent Devastating Defense Cuts And Reduce The Deficit. 10 May 2012. "The President and both parties in Congress agree the across-the-board spending cuts in the sequester threaten our national defense and must be replaced. Today, the House passed our plan to replace these cuts with responsible spending reforms to protect our troops and bring down the debt. Preventing harmful cuts to the military is especially important for Virginia, where we have so many men and women committed to the defense of our nation. This plan ensures that we maintain our fiscal discipline and commitment to reducing out-of-control government spending, while making sure our top priority is national security." (cantor.house.gov)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 2642. 110th Congress. Funding for Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 06/19/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 5010. 108th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2003. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 10/10/2002. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Franks Coauthors Missile Defense Memo Addresses the Growing Threat of Enemy Ballistic Missile Capabilities. 2 May 2007. "Now is not the time to cut funding from an area so vital to our national security. Congress has the unmistakable duty to fully fund the defenses necessary to protect the American people." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Department Defense Appropriations Act, FY 2007. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 09/26/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 4200. 108th Congress. Defense Department FY2005 Authorization Bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 05/20/2004. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 3222. 110th Congress. Department of Defense Appropriations, Fiscal Year 2008. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 08/05/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 5631. 110th Congress. Defense Department FY2007 Appropriations Bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 06/20/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 4986. 110th Congress. Defense Authorizations Bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 01/16/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 4939. 110th Congress. Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2006. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 06/13/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Legislative Program. 4 June 2009. "I thank the gentleman. And, Mr. Speaker, I say to the gentleman that the belief on our side is the purpose of the war funding bills should be to provide our troops with the support they need, not this controversial global bailout money. Mr. Speaker, I would say more than that, what we believe is--currently from the reports is that the bill would eliminate $5 billion from the defense spending directly for our troops and provide that $5 billion credit towards the guarantee that the United States would have to provide to the IMF. Mr. Speaker, even further, we understand that in this provision in the bill, in essence we would be providing for more money for foreign countries in terms of a global bailout than we would be for our own troops. And the even more troubling part to many of us, Mr. Speaker, is the fact that the IMF program allows eligibility for countries like Iran, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Burma and others." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Eric Cantor, pledge to the taxpayers of the 7th district of the) state of Virginia and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Eric Cantor. CNN "The Situation Room" - Transcript. 3 December 2009. "Absolutely we should be cutting taxes. But at this point, we -- we need to make sure that we don't hike taxes. Embedded in the law, as you know, coming next year, are significant tax hikes -- tax hikes on capital formation, individual income tax hikes that are embedded in the law." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Middle Class Tax Relief Act of 2010. 2 December 2010. "A bipartisan majority in the House supports a clean bill to ensure that no American faces a tax increase in this difficult economic environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Statement on House Passage of Budget Control Act. 1 August 2011. "With so many people out of work, with the middle class hoping for more jobs, the last thing we need right now are tax hikes." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 1836. 107th Congress. Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, 2001. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 05/16/2001. (votesmart.org)
  • Citizens for Tax Justice. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Citizens for Tax Justice 0 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 100 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor: It's the Spending, Debt, Regulations, Tax Increases... 20 June 2010. "The struggle begins with getting our fiscal house back in order by cutting spending. However politically popular it may be, we cannot keep relying on the government's monetary and fiscal stimulus. Zero percent interest rates and runaway government spending may make us feel better in the short term, but only prolong the day of reckoning -- and make it worse." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. USA Today “ For Real Spending Control, Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. 13 July 2011. "Today, this massive borrowing is taking a toll on our economy. As businesses defend against the higher taxes, inflation and borrowing costs likely to follow from the coming debt crisis, they take fewer risks and create fewer jobs. By cutting spending and balancing the budget, we can alleviate such fears and put the private sector back on offense." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Eric Cantor a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Leader Cantor Remarks On Job Creation To The American Action Forum. 13 September 2011. "I can say the stimulus program was a failure. Why would we want to go do something like that again, especially when we've got this federal debt crisis of borrowing money to fund government spending that does not produce the jobs we would want?" (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. USA Today “ Boehner, Cantor Op-Ed: Mr. President, Let's Get To Work. 17 August 2011. "The American people understand that Washington can't keep spending money it doesn't have. They want to see less government -- not more taxes." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor Discusses Debt Reduction, Economic Growth With The Wall Street Journal. 3 August 2011. "Everyone knows that Washington has a spending problem, and that is fueling this tremendous amount of borrowing that is going on." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor: We Need Trillions In Savings And Spending Cuts. 22 June 2011. "I continue to remain optimistic that we can get some real savings, and as the Speaker has laid out, we need trillions of dollars in savings and spending cuts to demonstrate to the American people that we are changing the system here, that the spending is not going to get out of control again." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor On President Obama's Push For Stimulus II. 8 December 2009. "The President says we need to 'spend our way out of this recession,' but there is no money left to be spent. Families cannot spend money that they do not have, and the Administration and the Congress need to be held to the same standard. The runaway spending and permanent bailout culture are irresponsible [¦] America must get its fiscal house in order." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Leader Cantor Remarks On Job Creation To The American Action Forum. 13 September 2011. "The President also spoke about tax relief for small businesses and for employers. We agree with that, we agree that now is not the time to raise taxes on anybody if we are trying to grow this economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. CNBC “ Transcript. 28 January 2009. "We'd like to see a lot more tax incentives for small businesses that we know are the job creators in this country, to give them the ability to see into the future. There will be no tax hikes. We've got some incentives in place that they can go ahead and start putting their money at risk again." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor: "Bad Policy Makes For Bad Politics." 12 July 2009. "We shouldn't be making it harder for people to hire right now. We should be giving small businesses an incentive to hire. Give them a tax break." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Fox News "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" - Transcript. 16 October 2011. "We believe, Chris, the best way [to give a short term boost to the economy] is to provide incentives for investment to create jobs. We are for tax relief for small business." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Leader Cantor Responds To President Obama's Jobs Speech on CBS, CNBC & Bloomberg. 9 September 2011. "We need entrepreneurs to put capital to work again, and any incentive that we can provide these small businessmen and women through tax relief we should go ahead and do that as quickly as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. NBC "Meet the Press" - Transcript. 15 March 2009. "We had a plan on the stimulus. It was tailored to small business tax relief. It was focused on what a stimulus plan should be, which is the preservation, protection, and creation of jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 2. 108th Congress. Jobs and Economic Growth bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 05/23/2003. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. NBC "Today" - Transcript. 25 March 2009. "We want to provide tax incentives and tax cuts to small businesses and working families, something that this budget doesn't do." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor, Governor McDonnell, Senator Webb, Senator Warner, Governor Allen & Governor Kaine Op-Ed: Let's Update Tax Policy To Help Rebuild Schools. 29 November 2011. "Indeed, the limitations in current law effectively force localities to use the 'borrow to build' approach " based on federally subsidized local government bonds. We have an important tradition of local control of education, but by denying local schools access to private capital to rejuvenate older buildings, we are increasing local costs. Those increased costs mean fewer local education dollars are available to improve classroom instruction and ensure our children have the educational resources they need." (cantor.house.gov)
  • Lauren Chooljian. Frederick News Post: House legislation cuts funds for 'Race to the Top'. 10 October 2011. "A release from the Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee pegs Race to the Top as one of 30 education programs that are 'duplicative, inefficient, or unauthorized.' House Majority Leader Eric Cantor spoke to reporters Monday about the overall spending bill. 'We're trying to fashion a package that will reflect our commitment to the limited government we believe in,' he said." (www.fredericknewspost.com)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Statement on H.R. 1231, "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act." 12 May 2011. "Today, the House passed the "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act' which will allow for energy exploration in new areas that contain the highest concentration of oil and natural gas. This legislation ensures that the Obama Administration can no longer withhold valuable energy resources necessary to increase American energy production here at home." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor: Virginia Ready To Begin Offshore Energy Exploration. 31 March 2010. "Offshore energy exploration and development is long overdue in Virginia and overwhelmingly supported by the people of the Commonwealth. With bipartisan support from the people, our Governor, and our General Assembly, Virginia has laid the ground work to develop innovative and cost-effective energy solutions." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Richmond Times-Dispatch “ Energy Solutions Are All Around Us. 6 April 2011. "It's time for America to get serious about our energy future. House Republicans are taking the lead by proposing to reopen Virginia for offshore energy development and exploration, while setting firm timelines for the Interior Department to take up applications to drill in a safe, responsible and transparent manner using American technology, innovation and workers." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor Calls for Real Leadership in Gulf Coast Crisis. 27 May 2010. "We should continue to explore and develop energy off the coast of Virginia and I remain committed to ensuring that future offshore operations occur in a safe and environmentally responsible way." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H Amdt 773. 112th Congress. Ending Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Rigs that Meet Certain Safety Standards. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 3534. 112th Congress. Offshore Drilling Regulations and Other Energy Law Amendments. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 07/30/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Letter To The Honorable Bob McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth Of Virginia. 4 February 2010. "Virginia has the opportunity to develop offshore energy in an environmentally friendly manner, while improving our energy security and creating thousands of jobs [¦] Responsible energy development 50 miles offshore can be done in a safe manner while creating thousands of much needed jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Disappointed by Obama Administration's Decision to Prevent Energy Development Off Virginia's Coast. 1 December 2010. "I am deeply disappointed by the Obama Administration's heavy-handed decision to block offshore energy exploration and development [¦] I believe this decision lacks the foresight necessary to address the energy challenges facing our country today and in the years ahead." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Calls for Restarting Offshore Leasing in Virginia. 5 May 2011. "Offshore energy exploration and development in the Commonwealth will help put Virginians back to work, generate millions of dollars in revenue, produce enough oil and natural gas to fuel our cars and heat our homes, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil so that gas prices are lower for families and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Statement on Republican Efforts to Address Skyrocketing Gas Prices. 29 March 2011. "Exploring all domestic energy resources are essential, and that includes energy development in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Virginia. The safe exploration and extraction of domestic resources can help create American jobs, generate millions of dollars in needed revenue, and reduce our reliance on foreign oil so that gas prices are lower for families and businesses." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Eric Cantor voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Double Digit Unemployment Shows Democrats' Kitchen-Table Disconnect. 4 December 2009. "We need to focus on creating an environment that is conducive to hiring, and unfortunately the agenda of the President and Speaker Pelosi has done just the opposite. The atmosphere created by Democrats' continued push for increased federal regulation, the threat of cap and trade, a government takeover of healthcare, another stimulus, and a runaway deficit has no doubt prevented job creation and economic growth." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Blog: The Leader's Ledger. 4 June 2012. "Obamanomics: Editorial: President Obama's Economic Policies Are The Problem, Historic Burst Of Regulations Have Hurt Business Confidence And Job Creation. On Friday the White House blamed the third slowdown of its four-year term on Republicans for blocking the President's policies, but what policies are they talking about? In his first two years in office, Democrats gave Mr. Obama everything he wanted, save for cap and trade and union card-check, which would have done even more harm to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Fox News "Your World" “ Transcript. 3 December 2009. "And listen, if we are finally going to focus on jobs, we welcome that. We have consistently since January, when the first stimulus bill came, tried to work with this administration and say, look we have alternatives. Yesterday we rolled out a no-cost jobs plan, and essentially that started with the premise that we have got to stop the harm that has been created by Washington, in terms of the rules and regulations detrimental to job creation that they are promulgating. We've got to stop talk of things like card check , of increasing taxes, of making it more difficult for job creators and Neil, one question I've got it: How can you explain the President says, hey, I am for job creation, and then next week he will fly to Copenhagen to tout the cap and trade bill which will essentially be a job killer? Same thing with Speaker Pelosi today, she said she is for jobs, but why is it that they are insistent on continuing to promote the cap and trade bill?" (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. MSNBC Interview With House Minority Whip Eric Cantor “ Transcript. 15 June 2009. "First of all, that video is up on RepublicanWhip.House.gov. And it really is the essence of the bill that we're going to see come to the floor tomorrow. You know, this is a scheme that will impose over $3,000 costs on families across America. And while we have in every poll out there -- the reality reflected, where people are worried about the economy and want jobs, we are somehow focusing on making it more difficult for that to happen. We're making it more difficult for working families and for small business. So, as you know -- as you know, Andrea, we have 178 votes on our side of the aisle. There are many on the other side of the aisle, more centrist-thinking individuals, who don't necessarily think that the way back to economic growth is to impose a national energy tax, which is exactly what this bill does... Well, Andrea, I say that is the part that we can agree with, that we want to do all we can to reduce carbon emissions. We want to create jobs. But the experience has been, with schemes like this, we've had utter failure. The global community has tried twice, one time in Rio in 1992, the other time in Kyoto in 2000, to set emissions reductions in this manner. And we have failed on both fronts. We've got to be smarter about this. We have to got to invest in science and technology to produce a green economy. We should not be making it more difficult for us to attain these goals by imposing some type of artificial scheme that we will live to regret. Right now, it is about jobs. It is about making it easier for working families. It's not about imposing taxes that evidence suggests -- in places like Spain, for instance, where they went about doing it this way, for every green job that was created, they lost two other jobs. We want a net gain in jobs." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Press Conference With House Minority Leader John Boehner, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas; House Minority Whip Eric Cantor; South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds; Representative Mary Fallin; Representative Mike Pence; Subjects: Health Care Reform, Cap And Trade,. 24 June 2009. "Good morning. As we now are in the week of cap and trade in the House, I think it is becoming evermore apparent of how the Democratic agenda for the people of this country is disconnected with the reality that American families face every day. Plain and simple, it's about jobs and it's about this failing economy. And the cap and trade bill is, at best, counterproductive toward trying to address those challenges. When we look at the impact of this bill on American families, what we see is a job killer. There are studies out there that have indicated, on the one hand, the MIT study says the $3,000 cost to a family of four as a result of this cap and trade bill. There are others, the CBO study that was out as recently as last week, which said that there is a $1,600 plus impact cost on a family of four. Today, now, we are reading - there are reports that have come out this week that CBO has now reduced its cost estimate to say that it's only $160 that families will be impacted by the cap and trade bill. I think that, now, CBO has entered the realm of losing its credibility. You know, there is no question that the cap and trade bill will cost millions of jobs and, you know, it is pretty evident I think now given the word that we're hearing that the other side has 190 votes at this point, far short of that which are needed to pass this bill and I think it reflects a weariness on the part of the American people of the cost and consequences of the Democratic agenda. And that's why Republicans will stay focused on jobs, on the economy and on families' financial security." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of Environment America 20 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H AMDT 1156. 110th Congress. Trigger Lock Amendment. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 06/28/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor: Supreme Court Ruling on Gun Ban is a Major Victory for Liberty. 26 June 2008. "Earlier today, in the most significant Second Amendment court decision in over 60 years, the U.S. Supreme Court shot down Washington, D.C.'s ban on hand guns. The Court's ruling affirmed that the Second Amendment protects each American's right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their family and their home." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor Statement on Credit Card Bill, Coburn Amendment. "Every law-abiding American citizen deserves to have their Second Amendment rights permanently protected on our nation's federal lands. Passage of the Coburn Amendment ensures that state law and our Constitution takes precedence over politically driven regulations made by bureaucrats in Washington." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. S 397. 109th Congress. Firearms Manufacturers Protection Bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 10/20/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Eric Cantor in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Eric Cantor a grade of 82." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Eric Cantor voted Did Not Vote on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence 0 percent from 1988-2003 (Senate) or 1991-2003 (House)." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Remarks on the Repeal of ObamaCare. 19 January 2011. "This majority is dedicated to achieving results for the American people [¦] Repealing last year's health care law is a critical step. Mr. Speaker: We can do better. We will do better. And I urge my colleagues to support repeal." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Statement on the One Year Anniversary of ObamaCare. 23 March 2011. "While Democrats have not displayed the same interest in listening to the American people, House Republicans will continue to use every tool at our disposal to delay, dismantle, and defund this harmful law." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor's Remarks On The Economy At The Heritage Foundation. 26 January 2011. "We have moved to repeal the health care bill because it threatens to bankrupt our country and serves as an impediment to job creation." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor on the December National Unemployment Report. 7 January 2011. "First and foremost, we will repeal ObamaCare -- the massive government takeover of health care that was rammed through Congress despite strong public opposition." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. House Republican Leadership Introduce Legislation to Repeal Government Takeover of Health Care and Replace with Solutions that Lower Costs. 27 May 2010. "The American people deserve better, and that's why we need to repeal the $1 trillion government overhaul of health care and replace it with a bill that makes lowering costs the first priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Herger Files Discharge Petition to Repeal and Replace ObamaCare. 10 August 2010. "The American people deserve better, and that's why we need to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a bill that makes lowering costs and preserving the doctor-patient relationship the top priority." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor On Repealing Onerous 1099 Provision for Small Businesses. 3 March 2011. "While Republicans wish to repeal ObamaCare as a whole, we do not agree with the status quo for health care in this country which is why we offered a bill last year that was focused first and foremost on lowering costs." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor Applauds Passage of Border Security Legislation. 16 December 2005. "Our government's primary responsibility is the security of all Americans. It is time we stop the easy access to our country by illegal immigrants by enforcing our laws and securing our borders." (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 4437. 109th Congress. Border Security Bill. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 12/16/2005. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Culpeper Star Exponent - Board of Supervisors Asks for Support from Top Officials. 7 September 2006. Cantor states he opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and efforts to provide government benefits to them. 'Unfortunately, the majority of members in the United States Senate do not agree with me,' Cantor writes. 'So, we are temporarily at a stalemate in Washington. Frankly, I do not expect the Senate to come to its senses until after this year's election.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Cantor Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Decisions. 11 August 2010. "In recent weeks, several activist judges have issued decisions, overturning protections for traditional marriage in both a bipartisan-passed federal law and a ballot initiative passed by the people of California. First, in Massachusetts, a judge threw out the portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that states that, for federal purposes, marriage is a union of one man and one woman [¦] Enabling this fundamental redefinition of marriage by judicial fiat must not go unchecked." (votesmart.org)
  • Traditional Values Coalition. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Traditional Values Coalition 85 percent in 2006" (votesmart.org)
  • American Civil Liberties Union. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 5 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Congressman Cantor Statement on the Defense of Marriage Act. 4 March 2011. "Last week, the Obama Administration announced that they would immediately stop defending portions of the Defense of Marriage Act, a statute passed overwhelmingly by bipartisan margins of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. This regrettable decision was based on a standard no court has yet found to apply and is a clear political exercise by the Administration. Rather than finding ways to undermine traditional marriage, the Administration should be focused on strengthening the economy and getting people back to work. House Republicans will continue our efforts to cut spending, grow the economy and create jobs, while ensuring that the Administration's failure to fulfill its constitutional duty does not leave duly enacted laws undefended. I am pleased the Speaker is initiating the process for House intervention to defend this law." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. H J Res 88. 110th Congress. Same-Sex Marriage Resolution. Eric Cantor voted Yea on 07/18/2006. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 3685. 110th Congress. Sexual Orientation Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). Eric Cantor voted Nay on 11/07/2007. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Family Research Council 100 percent in 2006." (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Eric Cantor voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. House Republicans Support President's Strategy in Afghanistan, Pakistan. 20 May 2009. "House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) today issued the following statement on legislation introduced by House Republicans to authorize and support President Obama's strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan: 'President Obama has listened to the commanders on the ground, and put forth a reasonable strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan to ensure that the brave men and women of our armed forces overseas have a path for success.'" (votesmart.org)
  • AFP: Top Republican slams Obama on Iran, Russia. 3 May 2010. "Cantor praised Obama for not seeking an immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan and for 'behind the scenes' victories against Al-Qaeda, notably through strikes by unmanned drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan." (www.google.com)
  • Eric Cantor. Video: Will Republicans Support Rep. Ryan's "Roadmap" to Privatize Social Security? 24 January 2011. "We have a program that we have seen one of our members, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the budget committee put together called the RoadMap, and he and Kevin McCarthy and I wrote a book together and in that book we reserved a chapter for discussion about social security, about Medicare [¦] The direction in which the RoadMap goes is something that we need to embrace." (www.youtube.com)
  • Politifact. Tampa Bay Times: Americans United for Change says Eric Cantor wants to abolish Social Security and Medicare. 8 August 2012. "Cantor said the Republican plan will 'protect today's seniors and those nearing retirement. But for those of us 54 and under, we're going to insist to go and deal with the fact that if these programs are going to be around, they're going to have to look a lot different. That's the plain and simple fact of it.'" (www.politifact.com)
  • Eric Cantor. Social Security Crisis. 11 May 2005. "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss the crisis in Social Security. The current system in place is based on demographics in America that are reflective of 1935, not 2005. Currently, 45 percent of senior citizens rely on Social Security as their sole source of income. We, in this House, will not let them down. We also cannot lose sight of our goal, though, to preserve Social Security for our children and our grandchildren. Our goal in this Congress, as leaders, is to help real people, not engage in political posturing. It is our duty as public servants to ensure a strong and solvent program. For today's seniors and those nearing retirement, the system should not change. But we owe those younger workers across America and our future generations more than just a stopgap fix. We owe them the best system that we can provide to suit their needs in their golden years." (votesmart.org)
  • Sahil Kapur. The Raw Story: GOP majority leader backs plan to slash Social Security, Medicare. 23 January 2011. "'The direction the roadmap goes is something we need to embrace,' Cantor said on NBC's 'Meet the Press,' praising the plan's capacity for deficit reduction. The roadmap would partially privatize Social Security benefits and turn Medicare into a voucher program, effectively ending two monumental safety net programs for seniors in the United States." (www.rawstory.com)
  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Eric Cantor supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 11 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Cantor. Social Security. 4 May 2005. "Mr. Speaker, Social Security is undoubtedly the sacred bond between the United States Government and the American people. The Social Security debate is one about how to best protect the interests of today's seniors while preserving benefits for our children and our grandchildren. When visiting citizens in my congressional district over the last several months, I was able to hear from students, seniors, employers and others about their thoughts on the problem facing the Social Security system. Undoubtedly, I heard the message that the Social Security system is headed for a crisis. In the 1930s when Social Security was created, there were more than 40 workers for every retiree. Today, there are just over three workers for every retiree. By 2018, there will be less than three workers for every retiree. These are the facts. This is our reality. To ignore this problem or to claim that there is no problem is plain irresponsible. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to produce a solution for the American people to save our Social Security system." (votesmart.org)

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