Eric Cantor: ‘Disservice’ for GOP to focus on Obamacare and Illegal Immigration

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Former House Majority Leader-turned-Wall Street investment bank executive Eric Cantor appeared on Twitter for the first time since July to tweet out his Monday CNBC op-ed wherein he offered Republicans advice on how to lead the new Congress.

“Republicans want to repeal the president’s health-care law and oppose his efforts to regulate climate change and his unilateral moves on immigration. The president opposes the Republican plans for entitlement reform and tax reform,” wrote Cantor. “It would be a disservice to the American people if the next two years are spent simply relitigating these differences.”

Instead, says Cantor, Republicans and President Obama must come together to “focus on areas where they agree and where progress can be made.” Specifically, Cantor recommends the GOP eschew hot button controversial issues like illegal immigration and repealing Obamacare and instead focus on such pressing issues as “moving swiftly on trade promotion authority and finalizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a new agreement with Europe (TTIP).

Another core Cantor concern for the new Congress: “Swift approval of updates to our patent laws.”

Cantor, who is now Vice Chairman  and Managing Director at Moelis and Co., was defeated last June in the Virginia Republican primary by Tea Party candidate Dave Brat.


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