Reacting to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's comment that Medicare “is on the table” as a way to reduce the nation's deficit, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Democrats will have a chance to support those words with actions next week in meetings with Vice President Joe Biden.
Cantor welcomes Pelosi's talk on Medicare
In an appearance on CNBC's “The Call” on Monday—the same day the U.S. reached its $14.3 trillion debt limit—Pelosi, a California Democrat, said the nation is back in “the deficit mode” and must put everything on the table to reduce the deficit. When pressed if that included Medicare, she said yes.
Cantor said the biggest roadblock on the debt-ceiling deal has been what he called “a real lack of clarity” from Pelosi and her caucus, but that her comments suggest the parties might be able to reach agreement.
“If former Speaker Pelosi is going to be true to her word, then I expect that we finally can come together and realize these programs, like Medicare, have to be changed if they're going to be around for our children,” Cantor said on the same program Tuesday. “So we're going to go back into these Biden commission meetings and I'll be going back in there next week,” he continued, “so I would suspect her representative on that commission, Chris Van Hollen, perhaps may present an actual reform plan—something that's been lacking on the part of the Democratic caucus to date.”
Rep. Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, is ranking member on the House Budget Committee.
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