Boehner: The House Will Not Give the President a Blank Check to Keep His Spending Binge Going
During a press conference today, Speaker John Boehner called on Washington Democrats to embrace House Republicans’ plan to prevent a national default, while cutting government spending. Following is video and the Speaker’s remarks:
“I think I made it pretty clear last night: the President is looking for a blank check. We have a bill that is a reasonable approach negotiated with the Senate leadership that really is commonsense. There’s more cuts in spending than you have an increase in the debt limit. It has real caps and a real process for cutting spending before the end of this year. And it provides for – I think – the best effort to get a Balanced Budget Amendment enacted into the Constitution.
“It’s reasonable, it’s responsible, it can pass the House and it can pass the Senate - and I hope the President will consider signing it into law.”
As Yuval Levin noted in a post on National Review Online this morning:
“As the details of the Boehner bill become clearer, it’s increasingly apparent that the bill is just what the moment calls for: significant cuts achieved through statutory sequestration caps, no tax increase, no backsliding on entitlement reform or implicit acceptance of Obamacare, a path to another process that could lead to more cuts without tax increases, and the setting of a precedent that from now on increases in the debt ceiling must be accompanied by proportional spending cuts.”
To read the Republicans common-sense, two-step plan to cut spending and prevent a national default, click here.