The Virginia Republican is having an eventful day. He is just wrapping up a speech this afternoon to the American Enterprise Institute. You can read it here. The House Majority Leader addresses education, health care, workforce reform and immigration in a speech that has been promoted as an effort to show the GOP’s softer side.
Democrats are not giving Cantor a free pass today, though. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launched a new ad this morning highlighting his role in blocking passage last year of the Violence Against Women Act. The measure faces a new vote on Thursday in the Senate, which is expected to pass it and send it to the House.
Last year’s version died in the House, where Republicans objected to protections for gays, lesbians and Native Americans. Cantor says reauthorizing the 1994 law, which funds domestic violence prevention programs, is a priority. But the new measure is very similar to the one that failed last year.
Will Cantor work to get the measure past opponents in his caucus? His speech doesn’t offer any hints. Stay tuned.