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.

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