Cantor insists 'we all agree' that stimulus hasn't worked

Americans now agree that the stimulus package signed into law earlier this year has not achieved its intended effects, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) claimed Monday.

Pushing back against a possible second stimulus bill, Cantor asserted that the Obama administration-backed first $787 billion stimulus has not worked, and insisted that characterization has now become consensus.

"I think we all need to recognize that the first attempt of the stimulus bill did not stimulate the economy," Cantor said in a conference call sponsored by the Republican National Committee (RNC). "I think we all agree on that now."

"We hear today now that there is talk in the administration and elsewhere that perhaps we should go on with a 'Stimulus II,'" the second-ranking House Republican added. "Any mention of a Stimulus II implies that there was a Stimulus I that did anything to provide jobs and get the economy going again."

Cantor urged a recommitment of existing, unspent stimulus dollars, and called for leaders in Congress to "take off [their] partisan hats" to work toward a better package.