Eric Cantor was elected to the House of Representatives in 2001, he has served consecutively & is now the House Majority Leader. He was the House Minority WHIP from 2008-2011, the Deputy Minority WHIP from 2003-2009. As Majority Leader he was not on any committees in the 112th Congress.
Eric Cantor believed we should stand tall against Teachers Unions, put dollars into classroooms, not dollars to unions & bureaucracies. I guess he doesnt realize that Union dues come from employees paychecks. He is against earmarks, began abstaining from earmarks in 2004. In March of 2010 House Republicans passed a year long ban on earmarks. Cantor voted against Fiscal Cliff Compromise Bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts from 2001 & 2003, while raising tax rates on the highest income levels.
Representative Cantor stood against the Senate VAWA Bill, offering instead the version the House passed. Which excluded the new American Indian protections, along with those for undocumented immigrants as well as lesbians & trans women. He voted for the Protect Life Act. This Act prohibits women from buying health insurance plans that cover abortion under the ACA (Obamacare). It also makes it legal for hospitals to deny abortion to pregnant women in life threatening conditions.
He proposed the Small Business Tax Cut Act. The Tax Policy Center estimates that the top 1% would recieve an average tax cut that is 1,000 times bigger than the average tax cut for the people in the middle quintile.($23 vs. $23,000) The top 0.1% would recieve an average tax cut of more than $130,000. Half of the benefits would go to millionaires, who compromise less than one half percent of all tax payers & only 4% of small business owners according to a recent treasury study. Millionaires on average would recieve a tax cut of $45,000, almost as much as the median household income in 2010. Business owners with an annual income of less than $200,000 or less would recieve only 16% of the benefits from Cantors bill.
He also backed down on block granting food stamps. He voted NO on providing $70 million for Section 8 housing vouchers. Voted yes on treating Religious Organizations equally for tax breaks. He voted NO on additional $10.2 billion for Federal Education & the HHS project. Voted NO on $4 million in grants for Black & Hispanic Schools. He voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. He voted NO on extending AMT exeptions to avoid hitting middle income earners. He votrd NO on paying AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. Finally he voted yes on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends.
So please people dont be fooled he votes with his party 97% of the time. He is not a hero or a friend to the people. His track record suggests that he will vote party first people second. He seems to be part of the problem not the solution.
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