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Eric Cantor defends House GOP’s ‘Stop Government Abuse’ bills

(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Sunday defended GOP efforts last week to pass a series of measures billed as "Stop Government Abuse" legislation while President Obama was pressing for investments aimed at job growth.

"First of all, government doesn't create jobs, the private sector does," Cantor said on "Fox News Sunday." "Stop burdening our economy, that's what the purpose of these bills were."

Before leaving town for a five-week recess on Friday, House Republicans voted last week on a package of bills in large part responding to recent IRS controversies and the final phases of implementing President Obama's health-care legislation.

The Republican-sponsored bills would place limits on taxpayer-funded conferences and block the IRS from enforcing the Affordable Care Act, among other proposals.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) last week accused Republicans of playing "partisan games and advancing political messaging bills" instead of creating jobs before the long recess.

Congressional leaders and the White House showed no signs last week of reaching accord on a new budget before lawmakers left town on Friday. Congress's current spending plan ends Oct. 1, creating the prospect of a government shutdown if a funding deal is not struck by then.

House Republicans last week withdrew a measure to continue the deep automatic spending reductions that started this year, while their Senate colleagues killed a proposal to end the sequester and restored funding for transportation and housing.

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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