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Leader Cantor Talks Jobs, Obamacare, Immigration on CNBC's "Squawk Box"

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House Focused On Policies To Make Life Work For More People.
"Look at what we're doing in the House. We've got an agenda that is really aimed at trying to make life work for more people. There are a lot of disaffected people right now. There are kids who are not getting a quality education. The future is not very bright for them. We want them to be able to create their own dreams the way that all of us and our kids are going to be able to do. So, we do want to be about equal opportunity. We just passed, a couple of weeks ago, the SKILLS Act. We didn't get much support. The White House came out against it. When the GAO had said, we should be consolidating federal workforce programs, getting rid of all the fiefdoms that exist and actually tailor the programs to the available jobs in the different regions of the country. It makes sense. We should do that. It helps the unemployed fill some of these unfilled positions in industries that are looking for skilled workers. These are the kinds of things we can do to make life work for people so they can go about creating their dreams."

Concerns About ObamaCare & The Budget Continue.
"We're about to see the implementation of ObamaCare right now. And we know that there are a lot of concerns about that. People who are paying premiums now struggling, are going to see rate shock come into play. We've got small businesses, employees, looking to see how they're going to get covered. It's going to be a real challenge for this Administration, and I think that we have a lot of room for improvement on that. But as far as the budget is concerned, I am in a wait-and-see mode as to whether this White House is very serious about really coming together to solve some problems."

On Immigration We Should Make Sure Kids Have A Path To Citizenship.
"It's all about balancing the tradition of our being a country of immigrants. Most of us came here because our ancestors made a decision, were lucky enough to do so, and to build a new life and create dreams here. I think, you balance that with the notion that we are a country of laws. We have to make sure that we uphold the laws and evenly apply them. There's a lot of work being done in the House and the Senate across the political aisles on this issue. I'm hopeful we can get something done. Now, there are individual pieces that are still outstanding, such as worker permits. We've got this issue of the kids that are here. I think, we should act first, if we can't do anything else, make sure that the kids who are here, unbeknownst to them, brought here, know no other place as home, we should be providing them citizenship. And I do think that on a longer spectrum, we can work something out."


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