“It's consistent with cut-and-grow because it has with it job-killing regulations and doesn't cut spending,” Cantor said in a crowded news conference Tuesday afternoon. He also said the repeal legislation will be a “straightforward bill,” and that the process to develop a replacement bill be an open one. In response to a question about a House bill not passing in the Democratic-controlled Senate, Cantor said the “Senate will have to consider its position after the House has passed a bill.” The House has scheduled to vote on a repeal bill for Jan. 12.
To maintain its promise of being a “cut-and-grow” Congress, Cantor said the House leadership will insist that the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor Committees examine what the executive agencies are doing with regard to the regulations in the bill. When asked for more specifics on what areas might be cut, Cantor said, “Stay tuned.”
Democrats commented on the new House majority's agenda, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Monday that Republicans "are planning to put insurance companies back in charge by repealing patient's rights."
And earlier Tuesday, a spokesman for Sen. Harry Reid released a statement in advance of Cantor's news conference. "Representative Cantor is laying the groundwork for Republicans' extremist agenda of shutting down the government, raising taxes on small businesses, and telling seniors they're on their own by re-opening the Medicare doughnut hole,” Jon Summers, Reid's spokesman, said in the statement. “Republicans are also showing their hypocrisy on fiscal responsibility yet again by trying to roll back measures that will cut the deficit by $143 billion with no plan to pay for it.”