House Republican Whip Eric Cantor at this morning's leadership press conference:
"What the American people are pining for right now is results and we saw yesterday this administration begin to lay out a case for the effectiveness of their stimulus policies. To me, what we saw was spin, not results. The American people know jobs when they see them and this administration and its effort to justify the rush for an $800 billion stimulus bill in January, has now begun to, once again, move the goal post.
And today, we are hearing from the White House that it is the emphasis on PAYGO that Congress must now focus on. Now, that is an interesting claim given that we have just gone through five months of historic spending of taxpayer dollars. We’ve amassed more debt over the last five months than this country has amassed in the last 200 years. We rammed through a $3.67 trillion budget. So for us to sit here and listen to the White House say that we ought to be more responsible, pay for what we are doing, I think lacks just a little bit of credibility.
We Republicans, as the Leader said, are continuing to offer solutions. We will offer the President once again to sit down with us. We tried before and were not listened to and ignored and when we said that the stimulus effort could be a lot better, we could produce twice as many jobs at half the cost. We’ve all got some tremendous, tremendous obligations to the people that elect us here. We stand ready and willing to work with this president to get serious about being fiscally responsible to reign in the out of control spending and provide a better way for the future."