House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said on Wednesday that the House needs to work quickly to resolve government funding for fiscal 2011 so lawmakers can move on to the bigger issue -- entitlement reform.
In an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Cantor said he hopes the continuing resolution that the House passed Tuesday to fund the government for another three weeks will be the last.
“I’m hopeful this is the last stopgap measure we will pass and we can get about the business of fiscal issues so we can get on to the work we’re supposed to be talking about for next year,” he said. “We all know this is about job creation, and we know the kind of discretionary cuts in these CRs pales in comparison to the problem. The Republican budget will reflect efforts of tackling the real issue of entitlement reform. That’s really how we’re going to turn this economy around and see job creation.”
Cantor is proposing cuts to Social Security for those under 55 so the program can be sustainable for future generations. He also said that defense cuts would be on the table, though in the past Republicans discouraged cuts to the Department of Defense.