(CONG BOEHNER RELEASE)
Congressman John Boehner released the following statement on House Republicans’ short-term continuing resolution to keep the government running while also cutting $4 billion from earmark slush funds and terminating programs that President Obama endorsed in his budget request:
“Next week, the House will vote on a short-term funding bill that cuts spending and keeps the government running for another two weeks. Keeping the already-high, ‘stimulus’-inflated spending levels in place – as Senate Democrats have proposed on this short-term bill – is unacceptable. The American people want the government to stay open, and they want us to cut spending. We're listening, and this responsible proposal will save taxpayers $4 billion by eliminating earmark slush funds and focusing on spending cuts President Obama already proposed.
“These stop-gap measures are only necessary because the Democrats who run Washington failed to pass a budget, failed to stop the spending binge that’s threatened job growth, and failed to lead. And by rooting for a government shutdown and huddling with an ‘army of lobbyists’ to fight common-sense spending cuts, they’ve once again failed to listen to the American people.
“Once the House passes our second continuing resolution early next week, I’m hopeful Senator Reid will quickly hold a vote on our short-term proposal so we can ensure the government remains open and that we’re addressing the need to cut spending to create a better environment for job growth. The House is doing its part to cut spending and avoid a government shutdown; it’s time for the Senate to take action as well.”
NOTE: A new Gallup survey found that by a 2-to-1 margin the American people agree with the Republican plan to keep the government running and cut spending, mirroring earlier surveys that show Americans believe spending cuts are a better way to boost our economy than more “stimulus” spending.