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The government should ensure that Americans from all walks of life have a fair shot to pursue success and achieve their dreams, declared US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in an address Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute. In the address, Rep. Cantor unveiled a series of policy proposals aimed at “Making Life Work” for more Americans that will serve as legislative priorities for House Republicans in the 113th Congress.
Although parts of Rep. Cantor’s address touched on the fiscal challenges the United States faces, in particular a looming entitlement crisis brought on by Medicare and Medicaid, most of his remarks focused on creating the conditions necessary to maximize opportunity for everyday Americans.
Rep. Cantor articulated the House GOP’s vision for the upcoming legislative agenda, spotlighting priorities including education, tax reform, immigration, and health care. He put a human face on many of his proposals by citing anecdotal evidence from several guests in the audience who have struggled to navigate these systems and urged Congress to “move heaven and earth” to address these problems.
One week before President Obama’s State of the Union address, Cantor concluded with a call for bipartisan solutions, declaring, “Making life work for more working people, and all who want to work, is the best way to a future of higher growth and more opportunity.”
-- John VerWey
US House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor will deliver remarks focusing on conservative reforms that the 113th Congress can embrace to make life work for more people. In particular, he will address the areas of education, health care, workforce reform, immigration, and innovation.
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Arthur C. Brooks, AEI
Eric Cantor (R-VA), US House of Representatives
Arthur C. Brooks is the president of AEI. Until January 1, 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. He is the author of 10 books and many articles on topics ranging from the economics of the arts to applied mathematics. His most recent books include “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (Basic Books, 2012), “The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government Will Shape America's Future” (Basic Books, May 2010), “Gross National Happiness” (Basic Books, 2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice-Hall, 2008), and “Who Really Cares” (Basic Books, 2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles.
Eric Cantor has represented Virginia’s Seventh District in the US House of Representatives since 2001. In the wake of the 2010 midterm elections, Rep. Cantor was first elected by his colleagues in the House to serve as majority leader for the 112th Congress, and was subsequently reelected for the 113th Congress. A former small businessman, he has emerged as a leading voice on the economy and job creation. As minority whip, he assembled a highly effective and energetic Republican whip team that served as the nerve center of the Republican Conference. In early 2009, the whip team coordinated the effort in which no Republicans voted for the nearly $1 trillion stimulus bill. Rep. Cantor authored the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which became law in late 2006 and popularized health savings accounts. He also co-authored the New York Times bestselling book “Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders” (2010).