Boehner in POLITICO: Republicans are doing more with less to fix the budget
Posted by Press Office on May 06, 2013
“With the House budget, Republicans have shown that the federal government can, and must, do more with less. We can get spending under control and achieve a balanced budget if the president and Washington Democrats come to the table willing to make the same tough choices American families and small businesses are making every day. These hardworking Americans must balance their budgets, and Washington owes it to them to do the same.”
Republicans are doing more with less to fix the budget
Monday night, hardworking moms and dads will gather around their kitchen tables, parsing the bills one by one to budget for gas, groceries, mortgage payments, a school trip, a child’s birthday party. Small-business owners do the same every day — poring over their books to find ways to cut costs without cutting jobs. As the slowest economic recovery of the past half-century grinds on, Americans are making sacrifices to make ends meet. They’re doing more with less and, as the stewards of the people’s House, Republicans are keeping their pledge to do the same.
Recently, House Republicans announced that — after three years in the majority — we are on track to save taxpayers more than $400 million and counting on House operations. The cost-cutting began from the very first vote our new majority took: cutting our own budget by 5 percent. Since that time, House committees have trimmed more than 23 percent off their budgets, and individual offices have cut back by more than 18 percent. House officers, including the clerk, sergeant at arms and chief administrative officer, are also doing more with less. These spending cuts have all been achieved without the need for furloughs and without compromising the promise we made of a more open and accountable government.
While the White House chose to shut its doors to tourists, the U.S. Capitol has remained open to the American public. Security has been enhanced to help keep our visitors safe. And we have improved transparency with open government initiatives like providing new access to legislative documents and data and streaming House floor and committee hearings live online.
After years of higher spending and less transparency when Democrats controlled the House, Republicans have not only changed the trajectory of spending in our own House budget, we’re working to change the culture of spending in Washington, too.
Over the years, both parties routinely stuffed thousands of earmarks into massive spending bills, symbolizing a Congress that had broken faith with the people. Before the House gavel even changed hands, Republicans adopted an earmark ban to eliminate wasteful spending and help restore the public trust. That earmark ban remains in place today.
Republicans have led efforts to pass legislation — reluctantly signed by the president — to cut federal discretionary spending and eliminate and consolidate dozens of ineffective and duplicative federal programs. But with our national debt creeping closer to $17 trillion every day, much more still needs to be done. That’s why Republicans are working to balance the federal budget.
Last month, the House passed a budget that balances over the next 10 years by cutting wasteful government spending, fixing our broken Tax Code to help create new jobs and increase wages, and protecting and strengthening important priorities like Medicare. More than 180 economists agree that reining in spending-driven deficits and balancing the budget are key to fueling stronger economic growth and job creation.
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has missed another opportunity to lead. His budget never balances, and calls for a $1.1 trillion tax hike to pay for new government spending. Under the president’s budget, America will have run deficits at or near a trillion dollars for five years straight, continuing the same failed policies that are holding back our economy and putting the American dream further out of reach for future generations. If an administration can’t even take basic steps to control government spending, how realistic is it to think it is capable of pulling off the much more difficult task of getting our economy growing at full speed again?
With the House budget, Republicans have shown that the federal government can, and must, do more with less. We can get spending under control and achieve a balanced budget if the president and Washington Democrats come to the table willing to make the same tough choices American families and small businesses are making every day. These hardworking Americans must balance their budgets, and Washington owes it to them to do the same.
John Boehner (R-Ohio) is speaker of the House of Representatives.
Boehner & the Red Tape Tower Mark Tax Day
Posted by Press Office on April 15, 2013
Sen. Mitch McConnell’s infamous ObamaCare Red Tape Tower joined Congressman John Boehner for a Tax Day video highlighting the need for a fairer, simpler tax code.
Just like ObamaCare, our tax code is a complicated mess that hurts small business owners, young workers, and families. The president’s health care law alone added 21 different tax hikes totaling more than $1 trillion, including a tax on life-saving medical devices that is forcing companies to close up shop and ship jobs overseas.
As Boehner notes, the tax code and all of its regulations, annotations, and explanations total 74,000 pages – or roughly four Red Tape Tower-sized stacks. Simplifying our tax code, closing loopholes, and lowering rates for everyone will help create new jobs and increase wages. Scrapping ObamaCare and its “whopping 7 feet, 3 inches high” tower of red tape will help too. (the balanced budget passed by Republicans aims to both repeal ObamaCare and fix our tax code)
Click here for more on the effort to fix our tax code and let us know what you think should be done in the comments below.
Here are Boehner’s full remarks:
Speaker Boehner: House Has Passed Bills to Avert Entire Fiscal Cliff; Now President Obama & His Senate Must Take Action
Posted by Brittany Bramell on December 21, 2012
At a press conference today with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) underscored the need for President Obama and his Democratic-controlled Senate to take action to avert the massive tax hikes and replace the defense sequester scheduled to take effect in just 10 days. As Speaker Boehner noted, the House has already passed legislation to avert the entire fiscal cliff, and it is now up to the Democrats who run Washington to get serious about the spending cuts and entitlement reforms needed to address our debt and resolve the fiscal cliff. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
“As you know, the House did not take up the tax bill last night because we didn’t have the votes to pass it. It’s not the outcome that I wanted, but that was the will of the House.
“So, unless the President and Congress take action, tax rates will go up on every American taxpayer and devastating defense cuts will go into effect in ten days.
“The House has already passed bills addressing the fiscal cliff. We passed a bill replacing the president’s sequester with responsible spending cuts and did it last May. We passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the American people scheduled to take effect January 1, and we did that on August 1. And we’ve proposed plans over and over again that Democrats used to support, but now they won’t.
“I don’t want taxes to go up. Republicans don’t want taxes to go up. But we only run the House, the Democrats continue to run Washington.
“What the president has proposed so far simply won’t do anything to solve our spending problem. He wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. And he simply won’t deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our country.
“We need significant spending cuts and real tax reform to address our long-term debt problem and pave the way for long-term growth and real growth in jobs in our country.
“We’ll continue to work with our colleagues in the House and the Senate on a plan that protects families and small businesses from the fiscal cliff.”
#SpendingIsTheProblem: Chasing Higher Spending With Higher Taxes Won’t Solve Our Debt
Posted by Press Office on December 13, 2012
In the debate over avoiding the “fiscal cliff,” an important point has been forgotten: when it comes to solving our debt, government spending is the problem that must be addressed.
Republicans have offered a balanced, pro-growth solution that would avert the fiscal cliff by making needed spending cuts and reforming our tax code in ways the president previously supported. This kind of plan – backed by a majority of the American people in survey after survey – would help address our debt and pave the way for long-term job growth.
President Obama and Democrats, on the other hand, want to punish small businesses with higher tax rates while increasing spending. The president has demanded as much as four times in tax hikes versus spending cuts, which are dwarfed by new ‘stimulus.’ This isn’t balanced. And it won’t do any good.
The chart above – prepared by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Budget Committee – shows what happens to projected levels of tax revenue (green) if President Obama’s tax increases kick in (blue), and compares that with recent and projected spending trajectory (red). As you can see, if the president gets his tax hikes, we still face a mountain of spending-driven debt.
Even Democrats like Erskine Bowles admit, “We have to cut spending.” As said on CBS Face the Nation, “Even if you raise the top rates back to the Clinton rates, that only creates about $400 billion over 10 years. That's $40 billion a year. We have a trillion dollar a year deficit.”
Spending is the problem. Republicans want to make needed spending cuts; Democrats are silent. And that’s why there’s still no agreement on averting the fiscal cliff.
Speaker Boehner Says White House Fiscal Cliff Offer is "Nonsense," Calls for Spending Cuts & Tax Reform
Posted by Press Office on December 02, 2012
On Fox News Sunday, Speaker John Boehner said Republicans have offered a balanced approach to averting the fiscal cliff but the president is "not being serious about coming to an agreement." Boehner says the White House is holding tax increases over the heads of the middle class while demanding more spending and tax rate hikes that will hurt small businesses. Here are some of the highlights:
Boehner: President Obama' s Fiscal Cliff Offer is "Nonsense," a "Non-Serious Proposal":
"A non-serious proposal. The president was asking for $1.6 trillion worth of, uh, new revenue over 10 years, twice as much as he's been asking for in public. He has stimulus spending in here that exceeded the amount of new cuts that he was willing to consider. It was not a serious offer. ... I looked at [Secretary Geithner] and I said, 'you can't be serious?' ... You know, we've got several weeks between Election Day and the end of the year. And, uh -- and three of those way -- weeks have been wasted, uh, with the -- with this nonsense."
Boehner: President Obama Asked for More New Spending Than Spending Cuts:
"We've put a serious offer on the table by putting revenues up there to try to get this question resolved. But the White House has responded with virtually nothing. They have actually asked for more revenue than they've been -- been asking for the whole entire time. ... And all of this new stimulus spending would literally be more than the spending cuts that he was willing to put on the table. ... Look at the fact that they put $400 billion worth of unspecified cuts up that they'd be willing to talk about, but yet, at the same time, that's over $400 billion over 10 years. Uh, while he wants over $400 billion in new stimulus spending. And this is -- this is -- it's a non-serious proposal."
Boehner: What Will President Obama Do With $1.6 Trillion? Spend It!
"I mean think about the -- the proposal we got from the president. If we gave the president $1.6 trillion of new money, what do you think he'd do with it? He's going to spend it. It's what Washington does. ... They'll spend it."
Boehner: Raising Tax Rates Will Hurt Small Businesses and Destroy Jobs:
"Now, listen, I believe that raising tax rates hurts our economy, hurts the prospects for more jobs in our country. And I realize that the president may disagree. But the fact is, is that if there's another way to get revenue, uh, from upper income Americans, that doesn't hurt our economy, then why wouldn't we consider it?"
Boehner: Spending Cuts & Reforms Must Exceed Any Increase in the Debt Limit:
"Forever. Silliness. Congress is never going to give up this power. I've made it clear to the president that every time we get to the debt limit, we need cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase in the debt limit. It's the only way to leverage the political process to produce more change than what it would if left alone.
Boehner: Going Over the Fiscal Cliff Will Hurt Our Economy, Is Not Fair to the American People:
"[T]his isn't an issue about Democrats and Republicans. My goodness, this is about our country. And we get -- ought to get serious about dealing with the problems at the end of the year. And we need to get serious about our deficit and our debt, uh, that are burying our children's future. ... [G]oing over the cliff will hurt our economy, will hurt job creation in our country. It's not fair to the American people. ... This agreement should come sooner rather than later, because just the threat of the fiscal cliff is already hurting our economy."
Obama Admin Must Answer for Delphi Pension Scandal
Posted by Press Office on October 24, 2012
In southwest Ohio yesterday, President Obama once again failed to explain his administration’s role in slashing pensions for thousands of non-union auto workers in the Buckeye State and across the country.
President Obama often claims his taxpayer-funded bailout helped “save the U.S. auto industry.” But “in a growing scandal,” Liz Peek at the Fiscal Times says, “Obama’s former auto czar and two Treasury officials appear implicated in the decision to eliminate the pensions of 20,000 non-union workers at GM’s Delphi unit, while protecting benefits for UAW members.”
An op-ed by two economists in the Wall Street Journal notes that government-owned GM gave “gave $1 billion of bailout funds” to “the pensions of Delphi's UAW retirees.” But “Delphi's nonunion retirees and retirees in other unions did not fare so well. GM gave them nothing.” While the president’s union allies got a sweetheart deal, non-union workers at Delphi saw their pensions cut by as much as 70 percent.
Delphi retirees, their families, and taxpayers deserve to know why – and they deserve to know what role the Obama administration played in the process.
In 2010, then-Republican Leader John Boehner and Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) asked the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the Delphi pension scandal. The GAO agreed and issued its first report in early 2011. Speaker Boehner said the GAO report made it “more evident than ever that there was preferential treatment given to the unions at the expense of Delphi retirees.”
House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) is demanding that the Obama administration release all documents about its involvement. But so far, the White House is stonewalling.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “a Daily Caller FOIA request suggests that the Treasury Department and White House may have played a decisive role” in “the decision to wipe out the non-union pensions.” And one the president’s chief strategists “seemed to admit that President Barack Obama played a role in the lopsided deal.”
“It is time the Administration comes clean about the role it played in the slashing of the pensions of 20,000 Delphi employees,” says Chairman Camp. And if the White House fails to cooperate, “they may well find themselves on the receiving end of a subpoena…”
The Delphi pension scandal underscores the danger of government officials picking winners and losers in the private sector. And it highlights the importance of the nearly 40 House-passed jobs bills that are focused on helping create new jobs by removing government obstacles (like the president’s small business tax hike and health care law) that make it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
The president needs to level with the workers in Ohio, Michigan, and elsewhere whose pensions were decimated while his union allies were made whole. And his administration needs to provide Congress with detailed answers about its involvement in this scandal at once.
Boehner: Democrats’ “Thelma & Louise” Tax Hike Threatens Jobs, Families
Posted by Press Office on October 16, 2012
In a weekly column released in his Congressional District, Congressman John Boehner says the president’s “fiscal cliff” tax hikes pose a real threat to middle class families and small businesses – and the Democrats who are willing to drive us over the cliff in their quest to enact those tax hikes are practicing “‘Thelma and Louise’ economics.”
The House passed a bipartisan bill to avoid the “fiscal cliff” by stopping all of the president’s tax hikes, and voted to begin fixing the tax code to help grow our economy and bring jobs home from overseas. Republicans are working to “fight the debt through economic growth,” says Boehner – “and we won’t have economic growth if we raise taxes on small businesses.” Here’s an excerpt from his column:
“Driving off the fiscal cliff would have disastrous effects for our country. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says it would send the struggling U.S. economy into recession. And credit agencies such as Moody’s indicate another downgrade of the nation’s credit status is likely if an agreement isn’t reached to steer clear.
“The stance being taken by these Democratic senators is rooted in the flawed belief that our country can spend, tax, and borrow its way out of debt.
“The problem, as the Ernst & Young report illustrates, is that raising taxes on small businesses will destroy jobs and inhibit growth. The only way we can fix the deficit and address the debt is to get the economy moving again, and keep it moving. That requires reform of both the tax code and the way the federal government spends taxpayers’ money. Instead of raising tax rates on small businesses, we need an overhaul of the tax code that supports growth by closing loopholes and lowering taxes instead of raising them.”
Where do you stand: higher taxes or more jobs?
Posted by Press Office on August 12, 2012
Where do you stand: do you want higher taxes for families and small businesses -- or more jobs and a stronger economy? Here’s a chart that compares the Democratic and Republican tax plans – and below is a look at what others are saying about both:
House Republicans are the only ones to pass a bipartisan plan that stops all of President Obama’s tax hikes on middle class families and small businesses, and to replace the devastating defense cuts that threaten our national security. Senate Democrats haven’t taken action (or passed a budget in more than three years) and President Obama is blaming everyone but himself for his failed economic policies. Here’s what others are saying:
Boehner On 55KRC: “The House Is Focused On Jobs”
Posted by Press Office on July 24, 2012
Congressman Boehner joined Brian Thomas this morning on Cincinnati’s 55 KRC-AM to discuss House Republicans’ continued focus on jobs and the economy. In addition to highlighting this week’s legislation to stop excessive regulations, Boehner discussed the House-passed Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act (H.R. 5652) that stops the automatic sequester cuts that will hollow-out our defenses as well as the vote next week to stop President Obama’s massive tax hike on small businesses.
As Congressman Boehner noted, House Republicans are the only ones in Washington who’ve “offered a plan to stop the tax hike that threatens our economy and to stop the sequester and defense cuts that threaten our national security.”
“We’re going to continue to do our job. The president can go out and campaign every day and the Senate can do whatever they do…but the House is going to continue to be focused on what the American people want us to be focused on: the economy and jobs.”
BOEHNER ON HOUSE LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS SMALL BUSINESSES AND HELPS CREATE JOBS
“The House is focused on jobs and this week we’ll pass legislation to stop excessive regulations that hurts small businesses…There was a recent survey taken and 78 percent of small business people said that excessive regulations and taxes make it harder for them to hire new people. The bills we’re bringing to the floor this week will cut through the red tape and freeze new regulations until unemployment is below 6 percent. Then, next week the House will vote to stop the tax hike that threatens about 700,000 jobs according to Ernst & Young. We’re the only group in town that’s offered a plan to stop the tax hike that threatens our economy and to stop the sequester and defense cuts that threaten our national security.”
BOEHNER ON STOPPING THE DEVASTATING SEQUESTER CUTS
“We don’t have to wait till the end of the year and keep the economy on hold while people are guessing what we might do with taxes. Secondly, we don’t have to wait until the end of the year to deal with this looming sequester that is going to whack our military and hurt our ability to defend our country…The reason we have the sequester going into effect on January 2nd is because the President of the United States only wanted to deal with the debt limit once before his election….So there are 1.2 trillion worth of cuts that are going into effect on January 2nd over the next 10 years. Half of this comes from defense and the other half comes from what I’ll call non-defense sources. You are going to see cuts in education, Medicare, all because the President didn’t want to be inconvenienced with another fight over the debt limit.”
BOEHNER ON DEALING WITH THE “BIG ISSUES FACING OUR COUNTRY”
“Early next year, we are going to be faced again with a need to increase the debt limit. I’ve made clear that we are not going to increase the debt limit unless there are cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase to the debt limit. It is time for us to quit kicking the can down the road. It’s time for us to deal with the big issues facing our country. The house is going to continue to stay focused on it.
President Obama “Has No Idea What it Takes to Build or Run a Small Business”
Posted by Press Office on July 16, 2012
“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” said President Obama at a campaign rally this weekend. “Somebody else made that happen.” Well, today the president is in Cincinnati, Ohio – and Congressman John Boehner, a former small business owner from Cincinnati, is responding. In a weekly column being released in Boehner’s Congressional district, the Congressman says the president made this remarkable claim because “he has no idea what it takes to build or run a small business … and it shows”:
Boehner pointed out that he’s run a small business and knows “the headaches and obstacles facing job creators.” And he’s reminded every day by job creators that “Washington isn’t helping.”
“That’s why the House of Representatives is going to continue focusing on stopping government policies that are hurting small businesses,” says Boehner. This month alone, the House…
The House will also vote this week to require the administration to outline its plan for implementing defense cuts that Obama officials say will “hollow out” our armed forces. Republicans already passed a plan to replace these cuts with common-sense spending cuts and reforms that protect our troops and their families, but neither the president nor Senate Democrats have offered a plan of their own.
With President Obama and Senate Democrats at odds with small business job creators (and the president’s own jobs council), Congressman Boehner says the House won’t “stop doing what’s right and passing legislation that removes the barriers holding back economic growth and job creation…” See more at jobs.GOP.gov.