Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today called on the House of Representatives to pass a plan that improves the lives of American families by balancing the budget in 10 years. Following is the full video and excerpts from Boehner’s floor speech:
“This budget does more than balance. … It addresses the things that are important to American families.
“Fixing the tax code and lowering rates means more jobs and higher wages for the American people. Voting for this budget means supporting the Keystone pipeline and American-made energy, means more jobs and lower energy bills. Repealing ObamaCare and supporting patient-centered reforms means more jobs and lower health care costs for the American people. Protecting and strengthening Medicare means a secure retirement for older Americans. Cutting waste means more fairness and accountability for hard-working taxpayers. Doing all of this means preserving the American Dream, which is what we were sent here to do.
“We’ve balanced the budget before. In 1997, a Republican Congress working with a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, came together to put the plan that would in fact balance the budget, and we did, and for four years, ran a budget surplus.
“The president has an opportunity during this critical debate to come forward and to help make this part of his legacy, like it has become part of the Clinton legacy: working together on behalf of the American people to solve what we know is a crisis in our country. We can’t continue to spend money that we don’t have. And when you’ve spent more money than what you’ve brought in for 50 of the last 60 years…no American family can do this. No American business can do this. No government can do this without bringing on a debt crisis that is sure to imperil the future of our kids and our grandkids.