WATCH: Cantor Unveils New Proactive GOP Agenda

The Virginia Republican targeted immigration, taxes and healthcare in his pitch to recast his party as one that has the right prescriptions to benefit America's middle class.
Eric Cantor

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) delivered a speech this afternoon in which he’ll sought to introduce a new set of Republican policy priorities for the coming term.

The Virginia Republican targeted immigration, taxes and healthcare in his pitch to recast his party as one that has the right prescriptions to benefit America’s middle class.

Here are a few key excerpts from Cantor’s speech:

“I’m pleased that many of my colleagues in both chambers of Congress on both sides of the aisle have begun work in good faith to address these issues. And I’m pleased these discussions make border security, employment verification, and creating a workable guest worker program an immediate priority. … In our attempt to make the tax code simpler, we must continue to demonstrate support for young parents who invest in having kids and raising a family. They are America’s most valued investors. In 1997, a Republican Congress created the child tax credit specifically to help ease the financial burden of families raising children. In 2001, it was expanded. Such a policy helps to limit the size of government and results in fewer Americans looking to the government.”

“We will advance proposals aimed at producing results in areas like education, health care, innovation, and job growth. Our solutions will be based on the conservative principles of self-reliance, faith in the individual, trust in the family, and accountability in government. Our goal – to ensure every American has a fair shot at earning their success and achieving their dreams. … Lately, it has become all too common in our country to hear parents fear whether their children will indeed have it better than they. And for all of us parents, that is a scary thought. Our goal should be to eliminate the doubt gripping our nation’s families, and to restore their hope and confidence in being able to protect tomorrow for their children. … If you’re a working parent, you know there’s hardly ever enough time at home to be with the kids. Too many parents have to weigh whether they can afford to miss work even for half a day to see their child off on the first day of school or attend a parent-teacher conference.”

Click the video below to view the full speech in its entirety.

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