WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 09: U.S. House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) (L) speaks to the media after a House Republican Conference closed meeting March 9, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House Republican Conference held the meeting to discuss party matters. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
It is becoming a regular occurrence in Washington. Another deadline, another conflict and another looming showdown.
This time the showdown is over a payroll tax cut, that if a deal is not made, could lead to a 2 percent cut in the average American’s take-home pay.
Just like in the battle over the debt ceiling, Republicans in the House and President Obama have backed into corners with two dramatically different plans.
Despite the bleak prognosis, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Henrico) is confident a deal will get done.
“We are going to see our way forward and resolve our differences,” Cantor said. “So that we can afford those with a job out their working hard some relief.”
Cantor seems confident, but areas of common ground appear few and far between. And with the holidays approaching, the December 31 deadline is looming large.
Video of Cantor’s remarks can be found below:
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