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February 12, 2016

Eric Cantor Skips Final Immigration Votes

Cantor walking through the Capitol for what could well be the last time. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cantor walking through the halls of the Capitol for what could quite likely be the last time. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Eric Cantor bid the House farewell in a floor speech Thursday, he apparently meant it.

At the time, Cantor had not yet disclosed his intent to resign his seat as of Aug. 18. He was merely ending his tenure as majority leader a little less than two months after his sudden primary defeat in June, handing the gavel off to his successor, Kevin McCarthy of California.

But when it came time for a major test for Cantor’s House Republicans, the ousted Virginian was already long gone.

Cantor was among the 20 lawmakers who did not vote Friday night, on what was meant to be the first official date of the five-week August recess. The House, like the Senate, was scheduled to go home the day before, but lawmakers were forced to stay an extra day to get consensus on legislation to address the child migrant border surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Had Cantor, suddenly thrust into the rank and file, stuck around that extra day, GOP leaders would have had one less vote to worry about whipping in the scramble to secure the necessary support.

He also would have had a chance to leave one last mark on his immigration record; disagreements over the topic helped cost him his seat and his chance of someday becoming the speaker. The second to last vote of the evening was on legislation to scale back the 2012 executive order granting stays of deportation young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

The final vote was on boosting funding for the Iron Dome defense system in Israel. Cantor’s departure means there are no longer any Jewish Republicans serving on Capitol Hill.


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  • DrGeneNelson

    Seems like Eric Cantor has already been working on becoming a well-compensated K Street lobbyist. Sheesh!

    • 5topAmnesty

      You’re the kind of doctor I could do business with.


    The Republicans have been nothing but a severe disappointment to the American people. This is especially true for the more than three million unemployed families whom they denied an extension of benefits, since late last December. They have effectively forced millions of families into financial ruin and deep poverty. They have shown by their actions a true disdain and contempt for the poor in this country. They have voted against every bill that would benefit the unemployed, women, gays, and minorities in our country. They have prevented any positive change to take place by this president. They have thrown their fellow Americans under the bus, for their own selfish political agenda. They have aligned themselves with corporate America, and special interest groups, with deep pockets. They have proven clearly who they truly represent, and it’s not you or me.

    • Dantes

      You are about as ignorant a voter as there is, which explains the mess we find ourselves in.

    • 5topAmnesty

      KEYSTONE PIPELINE, anyone?

  • Luthifer

    Nothing in it for me? Later suckers!!

  • axethecouncil

    Don’t let the speakers gavel hit you in the az on the way out rinoboy

  • Tom

    The Christian Right purged the only Jewish person from the House GOP caucus. Watch for more Jewish politicians (at the state and local level) to be primaried out as the Christian Right flexes its muscle in the GOP while losing influence in society as a whole.

    • Dantes

      Another low information bigot bestirs himself…

    • 5topAmnesty

      I don’t see a whole lot of WHITE DEMOCRATS in the South anymore. Do you guys have a problem with WHITE DEMOCRATS? Is it something racial about them that bothers you?

  • WildBill0283

    He’ll soon be out charging universities $200,000 for a speech.

  • Dantes

    Probably because La Raza hired him as a lobbyist.

  • 5topAmnesty

    Cantor new K-Street OWNERS probably DID NOT PERMIT him to vote on the bill to toughen border enforcement, as that would have hurt his credibility when he starts to lobby for AMNESTY in his next career.

  • 5topAmnesty

    If the last Jewish Republican in the House was ready to SELL OUT this country, then he needed to go. The REPUBLICAN PARTY does not believe in quotas and if a Jew wants to run, fine, but he better REPRESENT the people that elect him to office. I think it’s GREAT NEWS that the Republicans don’t believe in holding on to token minorities, the way the Democrats do (and we can all name plenty of them, starting with the woman from Houston).

    As to Cantor’s defeat, DO NOT FORGET that the same district ELECTED him 7 times, and I don’t think his name or religion has changed from when he first ran. I also doubt more than 10% of the people that voted against him even knew he was Jewish.

    Finally, Cantor lost because of AMNESTY. In the end, as the threat level to his seat starting increasing, he tried to TRICK his voters into saying that he was tough on AMNESTY. It did not work, because he was palling around with some of the BIGGEST SUPPORTERS of Amnesty, from big business, to Democrats. He simply could not trick his voters…they are too smart for that.

  • Bill__Kennedy

    Because Cantor was wounded pushing K Street’s favorite project – immigration ‘reform,’ – his value is even higher, to encourage the rest of the troops.

    ‘ During his seven terms in Congress, Cantor became one of the most prodigious fund-raisers in the Republican Party; he performed numerous public services for politicians and captains of industry; he developed close ties to the banking and financial-service industries, his most generous campaign contributors…

    ‘As Brat presciently noted on the campaign trail, “All the investment banks up in New York and Washington, whatever. . . . Instead of going to jail, where’d they go? They went on to Eric’s Rolodex.”

    Cantor is, in some sense, living proof of the thing that most voters loathe about Washington: the notion that membership in its political class guarantees a win-for-life lottery ticket…

    ”’one former Republican Capitol Hill aide and current lobbyist earnestly wondered, “The question is how rich does Eric Cantor want to be.” Chris Jones, an executive-search specialist, guessed that the answer was very, very rich…

    Mark Leibovich, author of “This Town,” is the magazine’s chief national correspondent.’

    Mark is the best on this subject.

  • papal

    Good for Eric Cantor, I don’t blame him

  • Jack Reacher

    In 2007, an illegal alien was arrested for murder and child rape in Trenton, New Jersey.

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