WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Cantor's Legislative Program Disappoints Democrats And Republicans

Play associated audio
Rep. Eric Cantor's summer legislative program for the U.S. House is not being received well by Democrats or Republicans.
Rep. Eric Cantor's summer legislative program for the U.S. House is not being received well by Democrats or Republicans.

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is seen as a leader of the new breed of conservatives in the U.S. House. Even so, he's riled the Club for Growth, a limited government group. A spokesman for the group told CQ Roll Call that Cantor's summer outline is disappointing.

Cantor wants House Republicans to focus on domestic oil and gas drilling and to continue their push to unwind regulations. But the right wing of the party wants him to paint a starker contrast with Democrats.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) says he doesn't like the summer agenda for a different reason.

"From our perspective, the summer agenda that's been put forward is sadly lacking in terms of addressing some of the most important issues confronting our country," Hoyer says. "It does not include comprehensive jobs legislation. It does not address the deficit reduction in a serious way."

Analysts predict the partisan bickering will last through Election Day, though some big ticket items remain for lawmakers to hash out: like differences on the Violence Against Women Act and a transportation reauthorization.


A Modern 'Roots' For An American Society Still 'Based On The Color Line'

The remake of the seminal TV miniseries begins on the History channel Monday night. Co-producer LeVar Burton says he recognized an opportunity to retell the story "to and for a new generation."

'Sweetbitter' Is A Savory Saga Of Restaurant Life And Love

Oysters, cocaine, fine wine, love triangles: Stephanie Danler's debut novel Sweetbitter follows a year in the life of a young woman working at a top-tier Manhattan restaurant.

Illinois General Assembly Works To Resolve Budget Impasse

Fallout continues from the standoff between the Republican governor and Democrats — focused heavily on the future of unions. And Tuesday is a key deadline to see if a resolution can be reached.

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.