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June 4th, 2013
07:48 PM ET

Should Issa have called Carney a liar? Cantor: We should stick to facts

There have been sharp exchanges between White House allies and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who called chief White House spokesman Jay Carney "a paid liar," on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

Asked specifically what lie Carney told regarding the IRS controversy and pressed on whether it’s acceptable for Issa to call him a liar, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said "sticking to the facts and trying to uncover what really went on, who knew, who gave the directive for this kind of activity, did the White House know, all of these things is what we're trying to uncover."

"The concern is an abuse of power. When you have  an administration that somehow supports the notion that you could use a neutral instrument of government like the IRS, a tax enforcement agency, to go after political opponents, that's just unacceptable," said Cantor.

Cantor stuck to his message in an illustration of political discipline.

On Monday, "The Washington Post" reported on divisions among House Republicans, reporting that after a coup attempt in January, House Speaker John Boehner is barely holding the party together.

"Speaker Boehner has support, without a doubt, overwhelmingly in our conference. He is a friend of mine. We work together," said Cantor.

"We actually embrace robust debate and dialogue about the best way to implement our vision," said Cantor.

Moving beyond problems within the party, Cantor is launching a new website to encourage ordinary Americans to co-sponsor bills.

"All folks have to do is go click onto Cosponsor.gov and they can become a co-sponsor of any legislation that has been submitted to for consideration in the House," said Cantor.

"It's part of our continued attempt to live up to our commitment to transparency in government. At the end of the day, this is the people's government. Washington ought to be working for the people, not the other way around," he said.

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