The House passed H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, in a 228-196 vote. Upon passage, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement:
“The recent and horrific crimes committed by Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia demonstrate the need to protect all women and children from unsafe and inhumane abortions. Today, the House acted to protect life and stop the dangerous practice of late-term abortions. This bipartisan measure will protect unborn children who can experience pain after 5 months. We must stand together, Republicans and Democrats alike, to protect the most vulnerable among us, especially these mothers and their innocent children.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor welcomed Rev. Bradley Hales from Culpeper, VA to give today's opening prayer on the House Floor.
Today, House Republican Leadership held a press conference to discuss the steps the House has taken to avoid the doubling of student loan rates on July 1. The House has already passed a solution to avoid the doubling of student loan rates that echoes the President's own plan. It is time for the Senate to act.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made the following remarks:
“As you can see, we are joined here by a number of college students – all of whom have student loans. I just met Jack and Julie from Virginia – my home state. I know Jack just told me he went to the University of Virginia. I also am a parent of a son who goes to the University of Virginia. One of the things on the minds of most parents and students is the cost of higher education and how they are going to deal with it.
Today, Majority Leader Eric Cantor appeared on CNN's "New Day" to discuss Washington's abuse of power that is distracting from the issue Americans care most about: job creation.
"Certainly, I would think it's troubling for the President in the fact that half the American people now don't think the President is trustworthy and honest. What they're witnessing is a Washington and a government that has abused its power, and frankly, has lost focus on the issue that most Americans care about, which is getting people back to work. That's why we as House Republicans are very focused on trying to restore the faith in our government and the trust that people should have in that government, as well as their faith in the economy."
The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act in a 315-108 vote. Upon passage, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement:
"Today, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act to keep America secure and provide for our troops and their families. As we've seen in Boston and other recent events around the world, terror can strike without warning. At a time of considerable instability and uncertainty, it is as important as ever to fully fund our men and women in uniform. This bipartisan measure gives our troops the tools and resources they need to protect our national security. It also provides protections for victims of sexual assault within our military and restores military readiness to address future threats.