House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., plans a major speech to a conservative group Tuesday that will outline his views on how government should work, views that will try to portray a more compassionate side of conservatism..
Cantor is expected to discuss a federal role in education, health care and other areas, in an afternoon speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington..
"Our solutions will be based on the conservative principles of self reliance, faith in the individual, trust in the family, and accountability in government. Our goal – to ensure every American has a fair shot at earning their success and achieving their dreams," he is expected to say. Excerpts were released Monday.
"Government policy should aim to strike a balance between what is needed to advance the next generation, what we can afford, what is a federal responsibility and what is necessary to ensure our children are safe, healthy and able to reach their dreams," according to the prepared remarks.
"One of our priorities this year will be to move heaven and earth to fix our education system for the most vulnerable. ...Explaining that rising health care costs are depressing take-home pay is little consolation to a working mom. Her grocery bills are higher, her kids' school needs are more expensive, rent is up – and now, she's just trying to get by. And getting by is not the American Dream."