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Eric Cantor: We can't pass immigration reform because, #Obamacare


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Nancy Pelosi posted on her Facebook page that the House of Representatives has the votes to pass an immigration reform bill:

This morning, Speaker Boehner told two young women that it's "not easy" to pass comprehensive #immigration reform. But with 190 cosponsors on the bipartisan House bill and 28 Republicans vowing their support, we now have the votes to get the job done. So, actually Speaker Boehner, it is easy. #TimeIsNow

Eric Cantor is one of many Republicans who are obstructing any progress on that front, once again proving how sincere his party is about that Very Important GOP Outreach Message.

Because we all know what happens if immigrants are granted a path to citizenship: More votes for Democrats.

Think Progress provides the transcript. Here's the video.

HOYER: Bring it to the floor and see if the House thinks it’s a bad bill. See if the House believes that it’s a bill that is not worthy to be considered and passed as a fixing of a broken immigration system … He has the power to bring that bill to the floor.

CANTOR: We don’t want a repeat of what’s going on now with Obamacare. That bill, constructed as it is by the Senate, last-minute-ditch effort to get it across the finish line … let’s be mindful, Madam Speaker, of what happens when you put together a bill like Obamacare and the real consequences to millions of Americans right now, scared that they’re not going to even have health care insurance that they have today come January 1. [...]

[...] I’d say to the gentleman again. The track record of this administration and the majority in the Senate has indicated an unwillingness to sit down and talk. They’ve not done so, certainly the White House has not done so on the immigration issue, did not do so on the health care issue, and again it doesn’t help the American people for their insistence on a “my way or the highway” kind of mode of operation.

I don't have it in me to go into another rant. You probably have your own, or even mine, memorized by now anyway. Just know how fed up I am with the destructive political games that the GOP is playing, games that affect, and often cost, lives.

I've had it up to here with your bs


June trade deficit narrowest since ’09, exports hit record high + VIDEO: Budget deficit shrinking #BlameObama


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Via a Fox Biz email alert, so you know it's true, right?

The Commerce Department reports the U.S. trade deficit fell to $34.22 billion in June from $44.1 billion in May, much smaller than the $43.5 billion deficit economists expected. Imports slid 2.5%, while exports jumped 2.2% to a record high.

President Obama is the worst socialist ever. It's clearly because of his Marxist Kenyan gay upbringing which, of course, drove up the ENORMOUS budget deficit!

Oh wait:

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Eric Cantor:

What we're trying to do is fund the government and to make sure also that we take away the kinds of things that are standing in the way of a growing economy, of better health care, and all the while keeping our eye focused on trying to deal with the ultimate problem which is this growing deficit.


"Our ultimate problem, which is this growing deficit." The deficit is growing. Do we have a growing deficit? Is that true or false? False.

Republicans love the idea that our Democratic president is so spend happy that he's driving up our nation's budget deficit! That the a difference between what our government takes in and what it spends is getting worse, the deficit is getting bigger! That is not at all true.

Look, the first bar here is 2009, that's President Obama's first year in office. That's what he had on his hands when he came into office, what he got handed by the outgoing Republican administration.

Then the next three bars are 2010, 2011, 2012 and the final bar, the teeny tiny one, little shorty there, you might miss it on the right, that's the projected deficit for the end of this year.

Notice that the bars are getting shorter? Which means the deficit is getting smaller. You see, when things were once long become less long, they are not growing. It's amazing, right?

Eric Cantor, you are incorrect.



VIDEO: Eric Cantor was against the DREAM Act before he was for it, but doesn't know what it is


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Think Progress:

In 2010, Cantor and 160 other Republicans voted against the DREAM Act, a measure that “would offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented young people who attend college or serve in the military.”

Today, on Meet the Press:

See what happens when 70 percent of the Latino vote goes to a Democratic presidential candidate?

Can you say "pandering"? How about "phony"? No? What about "desperate"? Still no? Then try this: "Anything for a few more votes."

Via Think Progress:

CANTOR: I have put out a proposal. I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is. What I say is, we’ve got a place, I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids.

GREGORY: Can you bring conservatives looking to supporting a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants who are here without having to first leave the country?

CANTOR: There is a lot of movement right now in the House and the Senate, both sides of the aisle, with folks having a lot of different ideas. I think –

GREGORY: Yes or no to that question? You could really do it. If you went all in, you could bring along the right in the House, couldn’t you?

CANTOR: I think a good place to start is with children. Here’s the difficulty in this issue, I think. And it is because we’ve got families who are here that have become part of the fabric of our country. And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight. These kids know no other place as home. On the other hand, we are a country of laws. We have a situation of border security that we have to get straight. We have to secure our borders. There is a balance that needs to take place. But the best place to begin, I think, is with the children. Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board. And so we can promise a better life for those kids who are here due to no fault of their own.

"I don’t know what the DREAM Act at this point is." Yeah, you do.

"I think, all of us can come together, and that is for the kids." No, that is for the GOP.

"And we want to make sure that we’re compassionate and sensitive to their plight." And by "compassionate and sensitive" he means "holding our noses" and "hypocritical." Did I mention dishonest and pandering? Or pandering? How about pandering? Oh, sorry, I meant pandering. My bad.

"Let’s go ahead and get that under our belt. Put a win on the board." And by "put a win on the board" that is exactly what he meant.


VIDEO-- #ShameOnCantor: Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act


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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new video today showcasing Republican Leader Eric Cantor and the Tea Party Republicans' real approach to women: a never-ending war to turn back the clock on women's rights. Millions of women have been left out in the cold by Tea Party House Republicans and Republican Leader Eric Cantor, who refuse to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

As the Senate is planning to again reauthorize VAWA this week, Republican Leader Cantor gave a speech today designed to showcase the party's "softer" side. Cantor is widely reported to be responsible for blocking the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which protects all women and provides critical funding to protect women from domestic abuse.

UPDATE via Think Progress:

Eight Senators on Monday voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that protects victims of domestic violence. The Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).

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