House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEric Cantor offering advice to end ‘immigration wars’ Trump's olive branch differs from the golden eras of bipartisanship After divisive rally, Trump calls for unity MORE (R-Va.) told reporters in Richmond, Va., that there would not be another government shut down early next year.

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Although his hopes for a grand bargain on federal budget negotiations has faded, Cantor is optimistic about small steps toward immigration reform and other policy compromises, according to an editorial in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Overall, Cantor said that Republicans need to do a better job of asking how the party can fix Americans’ problems.

Among his priorities is Republican legislation that would pave a path to citizenship for children brought to the United States illegally, called the KIDS Act, which he co-sponsored with Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Given slower-than expected economic growth, Cantor wants Republicans to unify their base by promoting upward income mobility.

“We’re about individual empowerment,” he told the newspaper's editorial staff. “Everyone needs a fair shot.”

Specifically, he thinks others in the party should work to dispel what he says is the myth that Republicans don’t care about everyday Americans.

“To be a country with wealth creation and opportunity, not redistribution, America needs a Republican Party.”