Hoyer, Cantor have date, but not for Obama speech

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) played down rumors Monday that he will sit with Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

But in doing so, Cantor revealed that he and Hoyer have plans that many would consider more substantial than sitting next to one another. They have decided to break bread and talk shop over lunch.


Speaking to reporters during a pen-and-pad session in the Capitol, Cantor admitted that while he would be willing to sit with Hoyer at the State of the Union, he had yet to be invited to.

“I’m more than happy to sit next to Mr. Hoyer, [but] I wasn’t informed of such,” Cantor said.

Cantor added, “Steny Hoyer reached out to me — we’re having lunch [on Tuesday].

“We had lunch and met a few times during the last Congress,” he said.

But Cantor’s friendly tone was short-lived: He quickly segued into a complaint about Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) reluctance to meet with Republicans.

As for whether the GOP leader will be invited to sit with Hoyer on Tuesday night, there’s still hope. Democratic leadership sources said seating arrangements were still being formalized on Monday afternoon.