Making life work: Remarks by Majority Leader Eric Cantor

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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

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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 is president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

    Immediately before joining AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship.

    Brooks is the author of 10 books and hundreds of articles on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book, “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise” (2012) was a New York Times bestseller. Among his earlier books are “Gross National Happiness” (2008), “Social Entrepreneurship” (2008), and “Who Really Cares” (2006). Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

    Brooks is a frequent guest on national television and radio talk shows and has been published widely in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.


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