Eric Cantor Says Republicans Looking For Common Ground

Posted October 16, 2011 at 10:27am

House Republicans are looking for common ground between the jobs plan they introduced in the spring and President Barack Obama’s proposal, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Sunday.

“We want the president to work with us. We want him to stop campaigning. Let’s go find the things that are in common between this plan and his,” the Virginia Republican told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “And, in fact, Chris, I think you’ll see within the next month, we will take portions of this plan that match up with his, put them across the floor to help small businesses.”

However, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, shot down the GOP plan during her appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“The so-called Republican jobs bill would just allow corporate America to write their own rules again,” the Florida Democrat said today. “And it’s been analyzed to conclude they would create no jobs now. There isn’t even a certainty it would create any jobs at all.”

A modified version of Obama’s jobs plan was blocked last week on a procedural vote in the Senate, causing the administration to break down the bill to its individual elements for votes.

David Axelrod, Obama’s campaign strategist, said Sunday that the bill had a “setback” as “one entity,” but that the administration would keep pushing for it.

“Now we’re going to take it apart and we’re going to go piece by piece,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “The American people support every single plank of that bill, and we’re going to vote on every single one of them.”

Cantor also discussed the efforts by a super committee to identify at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction in the next month.

He said he was confident that the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction would reach its goal by its Nov. 23 deadline. “I am. I think folks in this town on both sides of the aisle know that we can’t fail. There has to be success and an outcome here,” he said.