Cantor Calls for Economic Reform, School Choice in Lecture

March 17, 2014

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AMHERST, N.Y. -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a leading proponent of school choice, addressed education, health care and other pressing national issues in the House Republican Party’s four-point policy agenda as featured speaker at the Daemen College Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series held March 10.

Introduced by Congressman Chris Collins, Cantor emphasized an “American That Works” plan in response to major challenges being faced today largely by the middle class.

“Many have lost faith in our nation and in the American dream. The American people deserve better and that’s why the House Republican leadership’s number one issue is to restore an America that works,” said Cantor, a six-term Virginia congressman.

Cantor pointed to the “middle-class squeeze” brought on by minimal wage growth and rising costs in making it harder for middle-class families to make ends meet. “Three out of four Americans are living paycheck to paycheck,” he said.

To tackle this, Cantor talked about reducing health-care costs, offering an alternative to and repealing the Affordable Care Act; job creation and boosting the economy; finding ways to deal with the middle-class squeeze; and expanding opportunities for young Americans through the expansion of school choice.

“The first step to a world of opportunity is to have access to a good education,” said Cantor, whose school choice advocacy efforts focus on giving Americans more access to charter schools. He went on to laud Governor Andrew Cuomo for his work on education reform and support for charter schools in New York State.

“Going forward,” he said, “we will be fighting hard to expand solutions for everybody and not just for a privileged few. Our government should be one that works for all of us.”

Later, when taking questions from the audience, Cantor discussed the importance of keeping college affordable for working-class families but doing it in a way that will avoid putting the country more in debt.

“Colleges and universities across our country and in New York and other states are banding together to look at the potential for online education,” he said, adding that this must be approached so that it keeps costs down while still maintaining a quality college education.

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