Boehner, House GOP Continues Full Court Press on Senate Dems to Cut Spending
It’s been 41 days since the House passed a bill to cut spending and keep the government running through September, and an April 8th deadline is only one week away. As Senate Democrats continue to look for political points, Republicans are fighting for the largest spending cuts possible to help end economic uncertainty and help job creators start hiring again. Here’s the story:
>> BOEHNER VOWS TO FIGHT FOR LARGEST SPENDING CUTS POSSIBLE: “’There’s no agreement,’ Mr. Boehner said, during an eight-minute news conference on Capitol Hill. ‘Nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to.’ Mr. Boehner said that his caucus would fight for the $61 billion in cuts that were delineated in the House spending bill passed last month.” (New York Times, 3/31/11)
>> GOP FRESHMEN RALLY TO RALLY AT SENATE STEPS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT DAY, URGE SENATE TO ACT ON GOP SPENDING CUTS: “A self-described ‘bound together and determined’ group of House
GOP freshmen plan to rally on the Senate steps every day until the Senate passes a spending bill for the rest of the current fiscal year.” (Wall Street Journal, 3/30/2011)
>> AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW: HOUSE TO AGAIN SEND SENATE LONG-TERM BILL TO CUT SPENDING: “The Bill provides that if the Senate fails to pass a measure before April 6, 2011 providing for the appropriations of the departments and agencies of the Government for the remainder of the fiscal year 2011, H.R. 1 (as passed by the House on Feb. 19, 2011) becomes law. It also provides that, in the event of a government shutdown in excess of 24 hours or the limitation on the debt of the United States being reached, no salary payments will be disbursed to members of Congress or the president for days on which that condition persists.” (Washington Post, 3/30/11)
>> MEANWHILE, OUT-OF-TOUCH SENATE DEMS REFUSE TO ACT ON SPENDING CUTS, “ROOT” FOR GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: “Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, sees an upside to a looming government shutdown – at least politically... ‘From a partisan point of view, I think it would be the best thing in the world to have a shutdown,” said Dean. He added that as a statesman, he is not rooting for a shutdown because of its harmful effect on the country.’” (National Journal, 3/29/11)
A recent AP survey shows that 50 percent of Americans expect enormous deficits to cause major economic crisis. House Republicans will continue to listen to the American people who sent Republicans to Washington to cut spending and help get our economy back on track.