House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) apparently ruined the breakfast of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney this morning when Carney came upon news of the Cantor-authored House Republican version of the popular STOCK Act banning insider trading by members of Congress.
Cantor, it was widely reported this morning, changed the Senate bill by removing provisions requiring “political intelligence consultants” to disclose activities. The Senate passed its version of the measure last week by 96-3, and even some Senate Republicans are critical of Cantor’s changes.
Carney said Wednesday at the daily briefing that he was reading the newspaper very early in the morning in his kitchen when he “was shocked to see that even this simple bill that would ensure that everyone plays by the rules is being weakened.”
It’s not clear why Carney was shocked, since the press secretary has repeatedly accused House Republicans of outrageous behavior with respect to an assortment of bills and issues.
Carney appeared to have recovered by the time of the briefing early Wednesday afternoon, calmly dispatching reporters’ questions.