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.
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.