Cantor: Biden talks must be serious, not political theater

“For this commission to succeed, the president must agree to work with us in earnest. Going in, we need a clearly defined mission and a targeted purpose to be accomplished within a specific and binding timeframe,” Cantor said.

Cantor in his statement reiterated that House Republicans will not raise the nation’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling “if the president and our Democratic colleagues refuse to accept serious reforms that immediately reduce federal spending and end the culture of debt in Washington.”

He said the spending limits must be “binding.”

The deficit talks led by Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE will kick off on May 5. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax Sieben BaucusBernie Sanders flexes power on single-payer ObamaCare architect supports single-payer system Trump has yet to travel west as president MORE (D-Mont.), Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), House Assistant Minority Leader Jim Cyburn (D-S.C.) and House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) will also join the meeting.