At the end of every week, the majority leader and minority whip in the U.S. House of Representatives hold a public conversation on the floor about the next week's schedule. When the interlocutors were Democrat Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Republican Roy Blunt (Mo.) the friendship between the two, despite their ideological differences, was obvious.
Now that Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia has replaced Blunt, it's not so plain.
Yesterday's colloquy featured a chilly but polite back and forth, with Cantor battering Hoyer for Democratic attempts to include a $108 billion line of credit for the International Monetary Fund in the war supplemental bill. The Senate voted earlier this month to include the line of credit, but the measure has met resistance in the House from Republicans and even some Democrats.
The Hill pulled the transcript of the exchange and C-SPAN provided the Huffington Post with the video.