Schumer: Cantor is the only leader with no plan in talks about debt-ceiling

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday afternoon criticized House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as the only congressional leader who has failed to make meaningful concessions or bring a plan to the table in the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations. 

“There is one person who hasn't come up with a plan, hasn't compromised, hasn't reached out to the other side in an effort to move forward, and that is the majority leader in the House, Mr. Cantor,” Schumer said from the Senate floor. “He is the only one who still says, 'My way or the highway.'”

Cantor's office, however, quickly shot back, when reached by The Hill, that it is Schumer who has failed to provide a meaningful contribution to the dialogue. 

“Eric Cantor has been negotiating this for the past six to eight weeks, and he is now meeting at the White House daily trying to come up with a solution to this problem,”  Laena Fallon, a spokesperson for Cantor, told The Hill. “What is Chuck Schumer doing, aside from lobbing false and highly partisan accusations on the Senate floor that only make a deal less likely?”

Democrats have become increasingly irked with Cantor as he has stepped forward in negotiations as an advocate for the more conservative elements of the House Republican Conference and drawn a hard line against tax increases proposed by the White House. 

“[All the other leaders] said they are willing to make certain concessions even though they don't like them to avoid default,” Schumer continued from the Senate floor. “The nation — and of course this Congress — is waiting for leader Cantor to step up to the plate.”

The Senate floor lay quiet for most of Wednesday afternoon as the debt-ceiling negotiations continued behind the scenes.

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