Cantor plans run for House majority leader in new GOP House

House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced early Wednesday that he wants the job of Majority Leader when the GOP takes control of the House in January.

In a letter to Republican lawmakers and the GOP’s election night winners, Cantor said the new GOP majority must govern differently than the Democratic majority now in power but also must avoid repeating the mistakes of the previous Republican majority that many in the party accused of abandoning the its fiscally conservative principles.

“We start by rethinking how time is spent and about the types of legislation that will be considered on the House floor,” Cantor said in his letter. “We start by identifying our top policy goals and committing to take concrete steps every single week to advance those goals.  And we hold each other accountable with this simple question: Are the actions of the House, our committees, and our conference consistent with our principles and do they advance the nation’s priorities?”

Cantor issued a plan intended to keep House Republicans focused on “jobs, reducing government spending, putting in place a new standard for prioritizing legislation and how we strengthen oversight” of the federal government.

Cantor is at the moment a likely shoo-in for the majority leader post since no other Republicans have plans to oppose him.

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