Congressman Eric Cantor will deliver a speech today at 1 pm to the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. The speech is called “Making Life Work” and will focus on how Congress can help make life work better in several areas including education, health care, workforce reform, immigration and innovation.
You can watch the speech live at 1 pm today at this link.
In case you missed it, the Wall Street Journal ran the article below on Sunday previewing the speech.
A GOP Leader Aims to Change Party’s Message
By Corey Boles, Wall Street Journal
Sunday, February 3, 2013
WASHINGTON-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor plans to urge Republicans to begin talking about how the federal government can help American families rather than focusing primarily on the need to reduce federal spending and tackle budget deficits.
In a policy speech scheduled for Tuesday to the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute, Mr. Cantor plans to talk about a range of areas-from education to medical research to job training, as well as an overhaul of the tax code-in the context of how Republican ideas could benefit families across the nation, a top aide to the majority leader said.
He plans to detail both existing and new GOP policies that he believes would serve as a strong framework that Republicans could use to make the case that their party’s ideas are better than Democrats’, the aide said.
The overarching theme of the speech will be that, while Republican determination to pare back federal budget deficits and the size of the federal government shouldn’t fade away, it should be supplemented with talk of how the party wants to make the government work better, the aide said.
Public opinion polls have repeatedly shown Americans hold Republicans to blame for the series of fiscal crises that have dominated Washington over the past two years. The speech, in effect, would serve as recognition that the GOP must change its messaging and its actions.
Republican strategists have spoken about the need to broaden the party’s appeal to other demographic groups, in the wake of November’s election losses. Republicans significantly trail in appealing to women, young people and minorities.
Mr. Cantor plans to emphasize existing GOP policies, such as educational initiatives that the party says would mean more school choice for students who often are forced to attend poorly performing public schools, the aide said. In a bid to highlight this, Mr. Cantor plans to visit a charter school in Petworth, a neighborhood undergoing gentrification in Washington, D.C.
The Virginia lawmaker also intends to discuss the need to repeal a tax on medical devices that was introduced as part of the Affordable Care Act, arguing that it was raising health-care costs for people; the need to allow highly skilled foreign nationals educated at U.S. colleges to remain in the country after they graduate; and the need to simplify the U.S. tax code, which would save families money and free up more family time.
The intention is to translate the speech into specific pieces of legislation that House Republican leaders hope to bring to the floor in the coming months.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, other members of the House GOP leadership and committee chairmen have been briefed on the speech and are broadly supportive of the direction, the aide said.