The Group of Five also met with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor at 3 p.m., minutes before Cantor departed for the White House. They made their case, urging him to take up the RSC proposal and similar reforms in the House. Without House passage, they said, the chances for Senate action would remain slim. This meeting, according to sources in the room, was productive, but much more of a private, bicameral briefing, whereas the freshmen talks were rally-the-troops affairs.
“I don’t think the debate is over, nor do I think the fight is over yet,” Paul told me as he strolled back to the Senate. “We’ve been pushing this for a month and we decided that we had to push harder to make it happen, to do everything we can to get the votes.”
“Our strategy is to cut, cap, and balance,” Johnson said, when asked about the McConnell maneuver. “That’s what we are focused on.”