Cantor calls stimulus a 'flop'

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) continued his assault on President Obama's stimulus package on Sunday, calling the economic legislation a "flop."

Cantor, appearing on Fox News Sunday, said the $787 billion legislation is not working. In particular, he said small businesses aren't hiring.

The Virginia Republican has been a leading critic of Obama and the stimulus package in the last week. He delivered the Republican weekly radio and internet address on Saturday, saying that Obama's economic policies aren't working.

Obama has stepped up his defense of the stimulus and his economic policies. He dedicated his Saturday radio and internet address to the economy and he penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday on the topic as well.

On Sunday, Cantor, who whipped the entire House GOP caucus to vote against the stimulus, said the package didn't focus enough on preserving and creating jobs. He suggested that the GOP alternative provided more incentives for businesses to hire people, such as giving businesses a tax break.

Cantor also said that the economic crisis is providing an opportunity for "the Republican Party to demonstrate that it can and will lead again."

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com

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