Washington, D.C. (WWBT) - Eric Cantor checked off a number of historic boxes Wednesday in Washington, D.C. He is the first Jewish majority leader and the first from Virginia.
While the history of today was not lost on the Henrico Congressman, he told me that his focus is about changing Washington for the betterment of Central Virginia. We met the new majority leader in his new third floor capitol office, just moments after he helped to close out the first session of the 112th congress.
Amidst the pomp and ceremony of his new position, Cantor seemed ready to go to work.
"It is going to be a majority focused on "cut & grow," he said.
That's *cutting* the federal budget and *growing* the economy. But in order to accomplish their goals, republicans will need democratic help.
"I am hopeful that those are the kinds of things that the President now has focused on and he can join us," Cantor said.
He shared that desire to find common ground with President Barack Obama during a phone call with Commander-in-Chief this afternoon.
"I talked to the President today," Cantor said "(and) I for one have been interested in things he has said about spending cuts, and hopefully he can put on the table some significant spending cuts."
For that to happen, democratic senator Jim Webb, believes republicans will need to change the way they do business.
"There are a lot of people up here, unfortunately who are throwing a lot of political bombs that are making it difficult for the center of mass in both parties to get together and solve problems," said Webb.
But Cantor claims his technique won't change. It is a technique that took him to the top of the house majority. One rooted in Central Virginia.
"And those are the kind of values that I developed as a native of Richmond and Henrico County. And some that I hope to continue to put to work."
There is no doubt that many of Cantor's policies are controversial. While he has said there is room for agreement on spending, one place he won't budge is health care.
His Republican Majority will submit a bill as soon as next week to repeal the Obama plan.