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Boehner: Washington Democrats’ ‘War on Deficits’ “A Year Late and More Than A Trillion Dollars Short”
“Families struggling to make ends meet don’t have the luxury of making fiscal responsibility a New Year’s resolution or election-year pledge.”

Nov 13, 2009

- Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement after Politico reported that President Obama will announce a new push on fiscal responsibility – a so-called ‘war on deficits’ – in his 2010 State of the Union Address:

“Washington Democrats’ so-called ‘war on deficits’ is about a year late and more than a trillion dollars short. Families struggling to make ends meet don’t have the luxury of making fiscal responsibility a New Year’s resolution or election-year pledge. If President Obama wishes to demonstrate a newfound commitment to fiscal responsibility, he should call on congressional Democrats to support strict budget caps that limit federal spending on an annual basis, which was a critical plank in the budget alternative Republicans proposed earlier this year.

“Spending in Washington has been out of control for years, and instead of changing it as they promised they would, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama have stepped on the accelerator. It began with a trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ that was supposed to be about jobs, but has instead produced countless examples of wasteful government spending while more than three million more Americans have lost their jobs. It continued with a $410 billion omnibus bill containing 9,000 unscrutinized earmarks and a budget that imposes a massive burden on our kids and grandkids by doubling the national debt in five years and tripling it in ten. Add to that a national energy tax that hammers any family with the audacity to flip a light switch and a 2,000-page government takeover of health care that costs at least $1.3 trillion – and counting. The Obama Administration, which once promised to go through the budget ‘line by line,’ has made red ink as far as the eye can see the status quo.

“Republicans have offered better, fiscally responsible solutions to tackle the immediate challenges facing the American people, including an economic recovery plan that would have created twice the jobs at half the cost and the only health care bill that would cut the deficit and consistently reduce federal spending on health care over the next two decades. The American people deserve a government that lives within its means and fully commits itself to creating good-paying jobs, and only Republicans have proposed solutions to give them exactly what they want.”



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