By Russell Berman - 06/23/11 05:03 PM EDT
Deficit-reduction talks scheduled for Thursday were cancelled after House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan seeks to avoid Boehner fate on omnibus GOPers fear trillion-dollar vote is inevitable Insiders dominate year of the outsider MORE (R-Va.) announced he was withdrawing from the negotiations.
Cantor said he was leaving the talks because of the insistence of Democrats for including tax increases in a deal to cut deficits while raising the debt ceiling.
In a statement, Cantor called on President Obama to “resolve the tax issue," and said he would not take part in a meeting of the group on Thursday.
“Regardless of the progress that has been made, the tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue," Cantor said. "Given this impasse, I will not be participating in today's meeting and I believe it is time for the president to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue,” he said.
Democrats ripped Cantor for the decision, with some suggesting he was quitting so that Speaker John BoehnerJohn Boehner3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare MORE (R-Ohio) would take the fall if Republicans end up agreeing to some tax increases.