WASHINGTON, DC - The majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives met with local leaders last week in Washington.
Eric Cantor (R-Virginia) was one of a number of congressional leaders who chatted with a delegation from the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.
After his meeting with delegates, he did an interview with News 3.
FULLHART: Mr. Leader, I think from folks back in Bryan/College Station where we're from will look at somebody like you coming to their meeting and wonder what you can impart and them and wonder what they can impart on you. What would your response be to that?
CANTOR: First of all, Bill Flores is a terrific, terrific advocate for the members of your community, for the free-market principles of limited government, of pro-growth policy to great jobs. I came at his invitation. I'm a big supporter of his, and then to talk to the Chamber of Commerce about what works in Texas. I believe that the growth story behind your community is something we can all learn from, policies that we all should be able to put to work here in Washington so that the country can benefit.
FULLHART: What's your message back to the business community as they, maybe, demonstrate how growth actually happen in this country?
CANTOR: What we're trying to do is promote an America that works, and right now, America's not working for a lot of people under the current policies of this administration. We're trying to find a way to work together, to create jobs, to allow for folks to see a bigger pay check, and to allow for more opportunity. I know in Texas, the energy industry and the story that it is about has provided tremendous, tremendous opportunities and job growth for people. We want to see more jobs. We want to see bigger paychecks through a growing private sector, and that's what we're trying to do here in Washington.
FULLHART: There are 1,400 members of the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce, and when they did a couple of surveys of those folks before this delegation came on the trip, they said health care was their Number 1 overwhelming concern and the impact it was going to have on businesses. Agenda Item 1 was repeal or amending of the health care bill. What are the prospects on that front? Is repeal even possible? You guys have tried more than 50 times and have not succeeded.
CANTOR: Right now, we know that there's a better way for health care in this country. We oppose ObamaCare. We see the harmful effects on people, on businesses, and the Republicans in the House are going to present an alternative plan that provides a better way: lower prices, increased access to providers, and better quality care that starts with freedom of choice in health care. It's about personal freedom. It's not about Washington telling us what kind health care we've got to have. I think we are very much in agreement that there's a better way, and we've got to continue to go out and gain some support for that. The president's in office. It's his health care law. He's said he'd veto any repeal bill. We're not going to give up because we don't think the design of that health care bill of his works, and we're going to continue to promote a better way.
FULLHART: The message has been "repeal" for so long. Has that been a missed opportunity, maybe, to present a second side or a second option, because I think there are a lot of people out there who say you guys just want to repeal it and you don't have a fix on the back end for the problems that health care has.
CANTOR: Our focus is and our commitment is to present and bring up for consideration an alternative, a plan that provides a better way. In fact, we're working with our committee chairman and our positioning caucus, many of whom are from Texas to promote that better way, to make sure that we can address what is so wrong about ObamaCare, and that is it's Washington-controlled...based...dictated health care. It is not what we and America believe is the best future for our country.