House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Lineup
Here’s what is going on under the dome...
CJS Appropriations: Next week, the House will consider HR 5326, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Appropriations bill for FY 2013. This legislation provides $51.1 billion for programs of the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and Science agencies such as the National Science Foundation. This is a reduction of $1.6 billion or -3.1% below the FY 2012 enacted level. It is also $672 million below the FY 2008 level for this subcommittee.
Reconciliation: Next week, the House will also consider legislation pursuant to the Budget Resolution that replaces across-the-board cuts scheduled in law with common-sense reforms. Without House action to replace it, the sequester will result in a 10% reduction in Department of Defense programs and an 8% reduction in certain domestic programs, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and border security. The House Armed Services Committee has analyzed the impact of the sequestration, and found that if left in place, sequestration would cut the military to its smallest size since before the Second World War – all while we are still a nation at war in Afghanistan, facing increased threats from Iran and North Korea, unrest in the Middle East, and a rising China.
The House was not in session last week; Members were home working in their districts during the Constituent Work Week. The House will come back into session on Monday, May 7th.
Leader Cantor in the Press
Cantor at Microsoft
From Politico “Rep. Eric Cantor paid a visit to Redmond, Wash. yesterday for a tour of the Microsoft Home of the Future, which is a sort of living lab on the Microsoft campus showcasing the company’s research projects and tech innovations. Here’s a picture of the majority leader watching a demonstration of wearable multi-touch projection technology, which allows a smartphone user to operate the device by touching a projection of the screen on any flat surface: http://politico.pro/KbLFvi
At Microsoft’s Home of the Future, Leader Cantor Talks About Spurring Innovation & Growth
Leader Cantor said, “Washington ought not to be in business at the capitol, of choosing which innovations are best. That is left up to people in the markets, but our job is to try and sense what we can do to build a better climate for innovation like this.” FOX 13 Seattle
Become a Citizen CoSponsor to Follow Legislation You Care About
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has unveiled a groundbreaking new initiative called Citizen CoSponsor. This is a dynamic communications platform that creates a more open, visible and participatory legislative process. Built on Facebook's Open Graph, Citizen CoSponsor will enable the American people to follow legislation that they are interested in. In turn, they will receive first-hand information and updates on the status of the bill as it moves through the legislative process. Click HERE to learn more and become a Citizen CoSponsor.
YouCut Phase II
The new YouCut options are posted on the YouCut website. The options are: 1) to reduce the number of TSA agents by increasing the efficiency of airport security screening, 2) to dispose of excess baggage screening machines and 3) to terminate a National Science Foundation program aimed at shaping public opinion on climate change. You can learn more about this week’s options and vote HERE.
Track the Progress of the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators with the Jobs Tracker
America is at a crossroads and House Republicans are committed to taking every possible step to spur job creation and get our economy back on track so that Americans can do what they do best: create, innovate and lead. Click here to track the progress of the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators.
"Are my efforts addressing job creation and the economy? Are they reducing spending? Are they shrinking the size of the federal government while protecting and expanding liberty? If not, why am I doing it…Why are WE doing it?"
Be sure to keep up to date at the Majority Leader's Blog HERE.