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Boehner in Politico: Change the Direction of Federal Spending

  • April 14, 2011
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In today’s Politico, Congressman Boehner explains how this afternoon’s budget vote is an important step toward ending Washington’s “stimulus” spending binge. Here are the highlights:In today’s Politico, Congressman Boehner explains how this afternoon’s budget vote is an important step toward ending Washington’s “stimulus” spending binge.  Here are the highlights:

  • GOVERNMENT WILL SPEND $78.5 BILLION LESS THIS YEAR THAN PRESIDENT OBAMA PROPOSED.  “House Republicans – up against a Democratic-run Senate and Democratic-controlled White House – forced an agreement that cuts nearly $40 billion, compared to FY 2010 spending levels.  This means the federal government will spend $78.5 billion less this year than President Barack Obama proposed.”
  • $315 BILLION WILL BE CUT FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS.  “We’re poised to make historic cuts to both discretionary and mandatory ‘autopilot’ spending.  For anyone who believes Washington should be spending more, taxing more and borrowing more — this is a defeat.”
  • FOUR OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S CZARS WILL BE ELIMINATED.  “These include the ‘czars’ charged with overseeing his government takeover of health care and tasked with implementing the president’s job-crushing national energy tax.  They’re gone.  The administration is signaling it will challenge the constitutionality of these provisions.  We say: Bring it on.”
  • WHILE NOT PERFECT, THE AGREEMENT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.  “[I]t is exactly what we need to pave the way for the ‘Path to Prosperity’ budget offered by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), which moves the debate from cutting billions of dollars to cutting trillions.  It also cleans up the budget mess left by the last Congress — sending a signal to job creators nationwide that we have begun to end Washington’s spending binge."

Read the full op-ed in Politico here.  Big-spending Democrats in Washington have been desperately trying to spin today’s vote as anything other than a defeat to their “stimulus” spending binge.  But let’s be clear:  today’s budget vote on H.R. 1473 cuts nearly $40 billion in spending, and over 10 years, it will save $315 billion.  As John McCormack notes in the Weekly Standard, it’s no sham. If you want to get involved in John’s campaign for less spending and a better environment for job creation, join the Boehner Campaigners today and help us lead the fight for a smaller, more accountable government in Washington.