After a shocking loss in Virginia’s primary election for House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor’s (R) position as majority leader is officially ending. Strong resistance to Obamacare and disagreements with GOP leaders characterize his tenure as majority leader.
Although Cantor is making an effort to gracefully leave the extremely prominent role that was unexpectedly ripped from under his feet, Politico reports that he has missed the same Republican leadership meetings that he used to help lead. Cantor has also missed House floor votes, possibly because he has yet to come to grips with the transition taking place.
Nonetheless, a number of Cantor’s colleagues are chipping in to help the former majority leader transition smoothly. Kevin McCarthy, the new majority leader, is hosting a reception exclusively for members of Congress to honor Cantor’s contributions on the Hill. Washington State Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the No. 4 House Republican, played a video highlighting Cantor’s career at a weekly gathering of House Republicans.
Due to extreme budget cuts from loss of leadership, some colleagues are even providing financial aid. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is paying to keep some of Cantor’s aides on board until the end of August.
While Eric Cantor is adjusting to his new role in the GOP, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, new majority whip, are wasting no time getting to business. Scalise is busy appointing new members to his new team and preparing legislation that he and his team intend to introduce.