Speaker Boehner’s Principled Stand
House Speaker John Boehner went on the offensive today, taking a strong, principled stand against government spending. Speaker Boehner made clear he was committed to cutting government spending, even as Democrats hype the potential for a government shutdown.
During his weekly press conference, Speaker Boehner said the following:
- We have some Democrats here on Capitol Hill threatening to shut down the government rather than to cut spending and to follow the will of the American people
- When we say we’re going to cut spending, read my lips, we’re going to cut spending.
- I am not going to move any kind of short-term CR at current levels.
Take note of that last point – no short-term CR at current levels.
Many Congressional liberals want the government to operate on a series of short-term funding extensions that would lock government spending in at record high levels. Americans did not go to the polls in November to lock in reckless spending; November was about reducing the size, scope and cost of government.
Speaker Boehner drew a bright line today, and Heritage Action applauds his principled stand.