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Posted at 1:10 PM ET, 02/15/2011

House Republicans: Obama, Democrats not leading on budget

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: 2:35 p.m.

House Republican leaders on Tuesday sought to contrast their plan to cut $61 billion from the remainder of this year's budget with the $3.7 trillion federal budget for next year rolled out by President Obama on Monday.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) took aim at Obama's budget proposal, which he argued "will destroy jobs by spending too much, taxing too much, and borrowing too much," adding that the House Republican cuts are "focused on creating a better environment for economic growth and job creation."

"There are more cuts to come, in contrast to the Obama Administration's request to increase the national debt limit and keep the spending binge going," Boehner said.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) charged that not only does Obama's budget not deal with the fact that the government is borrowing nearly 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, it "makes it even worse, and by making the spending and borrowing situation even worse, it makes it tougher for job creators to get back into the game."

"Where is Nancy Pelosi?" Cantor asked later. "Where is Harry Reid? They have failed to even begin to offer a coherent vision forward."

Democrats responded by turning the focus on House Republicans, arguing that they haven't lived up to their claims of fiscal responsibility.

"Democrats don't need lectures from Republicans on fiscal responsibility," Reid spokesperson Jon Summers said in a statement. "We turned a deficit into a surplus under President Clinton, and Republicans squandered it right back into a record deficit. When it comes to cutting spending, the question is not who can cut the most without regard for the consequences, but who can cut the smartest."

Cantor spokesperson Brad Dayspring responded that Reid "was a chief architect of one of the largest government spending sprees in the history of man, and though he and Senator Schumer haven't made any serious effort thus far, before long they'll have to recognize that there is a bipartisan desire to start getting our fiscal House in order so that people can get back to work. Less spending equals more jobs."

The back-and-forth echoed the heated debate Tuesday morning in a meeting of the House Budget Committee, where White House Budget Director Jack Lew defended Obama's budget as Republicans accused the White House of ignoring the recommendations of his own deficit commission.

Meanwhile, on the House floor, lawmakers were hotly debating the Republican-led spending-cut plan, which is expected to come up for a final vote on Thursday. More than 400 amendments to the measure had been offered as of Monday night; lawmakers can submit more amendments by the close of business Tuesday.

Republicans have hailed the open process as proof of their commitment to letting the House "work its will." Democrats sought to portray the high number of amendments as evidence of disagreement among Republicans over the spending plan, noting that of the 403 amendments offered so far, 262 have been offered by Republicans while 141 have are by Democrats.

"I'm interested in seeing this process play out," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday at his weekly pen-and-pad briefing when asked about the floor debate over the funding resolution.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 15, 2011; 1:10 PM ET
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Lets get serious. Tomorrow or perhaps in the next two days lets let the Republicans take the lead to vote an up or down vote to stop Social Security, Medicare, the Tax Break for the Wealthy, spending for education and to exit the wars, in total, in Afghanistan and Iraq next week. And if the Democrats are smart, just lay back and let the Republicans dig their own graves. This way the elderly would have return to work and look for all those Jobs the republicans are creating.......in India and China. Or perhaps the Elderly would have to move to a country, like Canada where healthcare is reasonable. And, the young would have to move to Europe where education is free. BRING IT ON.....NOW! It would be thrilling to see the poor, the middle classes, the young and the elderly retake their government like the gutsy Egyptians on the mall in Washington D.C.

Posted by: Rlupodimare | February 16, 2011 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Lets get serious. Tomorrow or perhaps in the next two days lets let the Republicans take the lead to vote an up or down vote to stop Social Security, Medicare, the Tax Break for the Wealthy, spending for education and to exit the wars, in total, in Afghanistan and Iraq NEXT WEEK not next year. And if the Democrats are smart, just lay back and let the Republicans dig their own graves. This way the elderly would have return to work and look for all those Jobs the republicans are creating.......in India and China. Or perhaps the Elderly would have to move to a country, like Canada where healthcare is reasonable. And, the young would have to move to Europe where education is free. BRING IT ON.....NOW! It would be thrilling to see the poor, the middle classes, the young and the elderly retake their government like the gutsy Egyptians on the Mall in Washington D.C.

Posted by: Rlupodimare | February 16, 2011 1:17 AM | Report abuse

There is a wide open contest to run against President Obama and Boehner is doing everything he can for his high-dollar cronies in his district. Boehner and House Republicans appear to have included an earmark-in-all-but-name for the new Speaker’s district in the newly released House Appropriations Continuing Resolution (CR). The CR includes massive cuts to important programs like Head Start and LIHEAP, but one thing it doesn’t cut is $450 million stashed away for the construction of a Joint Strike Fighter engine the Pentagon doesn’t even want. This pulled from national headlines, proof positive there are lives at stake with the Republican Roght and the TEA sippers. General Electric and Rolls Royce will benefit tremendously in Boehners district. It now appears that Boehner is funneling money to his own district in an earmark-in-all-but-name may be part of the reason for that. This from the leader trying cut 100 billion from the deficit, but not from his district.

Posted by: radsenior | February 15, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

And, I might add, neither are the Republicans, who a year ago prevented the formation of a deficit reduction committee by Congress, whose recommendations would have been binding. But, like everything else for the past year, they've chosen obstruction - via the extensive use of the filibuster - over what's good for the country. Even now, they're name-calling and making fun while offering their usual cuts that protect the rich and the military establishment. Anyway, by letting the President form the deficit-reduction commission, that only made the recommendations advisory. And, the Rs declined to go after military bases - a 30% cut in our subsidizing other country's defense was recommended - and entitlements. The Rs can lead, too, that's why the majority of voters chose them, not knowing they were merely obstructing and not doing much the past year.

Posted by: abcs86 | February 15, 2011 9:44 PM | Report abuse

And, I might add, neither are the Republicans, who a year ago prevented the formation of a deficit reduction committee by Congress, whose recommendations would have been binding. But, like everything else for the past year, they've chosen obstruction - via the extensive use of the filibuster - over what's good for the country. Even now, they're name-calling and making fun while offering their usual cuts that protect the rich and the military establishment. Anyway, by letting the President form the deficit-reduction commission, that only made the recommendations advisory. And, the Rs declined to go after military bases - a 30% cut in our subsidizing other country's defense was recommended - and entitlements. The Rs can lead, too, that's why the majority of voters chose them, not knowing they were merely obstructing and not doing much the past year.

Posted by: abcs86 | February 15, 2011 9:43 PM | Report abuse

And, I might add, neither are the Republicans, who a year ago prevented the formation of a deficit reduction committee by Congress, whose recommendations would have been binding. But, like everything else for the past year, they've chosen obstruction - via the extensive use of the filibuster - over what's good for the country. Even now, they're name-calling and making fun while offering their usual cuts that protect the rich and the military establishment. Anyway, by letting the President form the deficit-reduction commission, that only made the recommendations advisory. And, the Rs declined to go after military bases - a 30% cut in our subsidizing other country's defense was recommended - and entitlements. The Rs can lead, too, that's why the majority of voters chose them, not knowing they were merely obstructing and not doing much the past year.

Posted by: abcs86 | February 15, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

What a HOOT it would all be --- if it weren't so all-fired SERIOUS! What anyone with an OUNCE of common sense must have LONG ago RECOGNIZED is finally actually beginning to actually come to be PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGED --- because it is simply becoming impossible to "sweep reality under the rug" any longer.

Nero may have FIDDLED while Rome burned, but he had NOTHING on "our" CURRENT-DAY Congressional BOZOS! Does ANYBODY actually SERIOUSLY expect that mere "fiscal responsibility" that has ALREADY BEEN INTERMINABLY DELAYED can now somehow straighten things out??

As some wiseacres say from time to time up in Maine --- THERE AIN'T NO WAY THERE FROM HERE!

Posted by: BirdsAbound | February 15, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

It is statements like these that the Democrats hang their hat on, "Democrats don't need lectures from Republicans on fiscal responsibility," Reid spokesperson Jon Summers said in a statement. "We turned a deficit into a surplus under President Clinton, and Republicans squandered it right back into a record deficit. When it comes to cutting spending, the question is not who can cut the most without regard for the consequences, but who can cut the smartest."

The real question is, when are the Democrats, who have controlled the House for 6 years prior to 2010 going to stop thumping their chest over a balanced budget more than 10 years ago. The operative question should be, "What have you done lately"? And the answer is spend like drunken sailors. Condemning the "Bush spending" which was controlled by a Democrat controlled House for his last term and then OUTSPENDING by a country mile makes you look like an idiot. You can't credibly take the moral highground by complaining that someone is a wife-beater and then go home and start beating your own wife at twice the rate of the guy you are complaining about.

It was terrible for Bush to "lie" about WMD, but bad intelligence that left this administration unaware of the level of dissatisfaction among the people of Egypt.

The Dems had their two years and did nothing about jobs but borrow Chinese money so people could buy mostly foreign cars -- and a depreciating asset at that --on yet more borrowed money. Health care costs are being forced through the roof by Obamacare and the Democrats have presided over a "jobless recovery" which has never been done in the history of the Republic.

Shut up, already.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | February 15, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The Transformers are mounting their second attack on America.

The Corporate Lobbyist Partiers who blew up a surplus and turned it into the highest deficit seen till then by funding two wars on debt and passing a large tax cut, 50% of which went to the wealthiest few percent of the population and who said "Deficits don't matter" have now transformed themselves into Deficit Hawks who NOW want to cut spending so much as to threaten investments in our country's future - investments in education, infrastructure and tomorrow's more efficient sustainable technologies. Without these investments the Transformers are jeopardizing America's future AND reducing our ability in the long run to pay off the enormous deficit THEY CREATED with their TRICKLE DOWN 'PROSPERITY' and their Dogma of DEREGULATION.

Recovering from the Trickle Down Disaster means we must have near term deficit spending and for the longer term we need to make the investments (now) to foster economic growth in the future to be able to afford the programs that are needed to address the challenges America must meet if we are to remain one of the leading nations of the world, as well as to be able to pay down the public debt.

The Republicans are again being duplicitous in their feigned concern for the deficit. Only a couple months ago they demanded continued tax cuts for those who can get along without them (and who, lacking an economic justification, never should not have gotten them in the first place, cf Bush tax cuts) as the price to provide sustaining Unemployment Benefits Extensions to millions of people thrown out of work by the Reckless Policies of these very Corporate Lobbyists, now transformed as Deficit Hawks.

Their real objective is to cut near term spending enough to kill off the incipient recovery stirring despite the Corporate Lobbyists successful effort to downsize the original stimulus (ARRA) by a third - as the price to be paid to keep them from killing (or delaying, which would have been the same thing) any stimulus at all.

Posted by: Bill_USA | February 15, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse


It is time for some facts on corporate taxes.

The total of corporate income taxes in the US for 2012 is projected to be only 329 billion.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/30-years-spending-priorities-federal-budget-2012/?hpid=artslot

For context, Wall Street compensation in 2010 was 135 billion for only 25 publicly trade finance companies. Exxon alone in 2009 had profits of 30 billion on revenues of 383 billion. They paid no corporate income taxes in 2009
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704124504576118421859347048.html


And we need to cut corporate income taxes?

Posted by: FoundingMother | February 15, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't do anything that will increase the taxes on the rich. Where are the jobs? How many jobs will the $61 billion cut create?

Posted by: brit89 | February 15, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"Less spending equals more jobs" say the Repubs.

Really? Any proof? Any history of such? Any facts? Or just bumper-sticker platitudes tested on focus groups.

Less is more!
Investment is waste!
Lies are truth!
Saying so makes it so!

And across the entry gates it reads:
Work is freedom...

Posted by: josh13 | February 15, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Boehner who had the reigns for 8 long years, 6 of which congress was under the helm of the GOP. They sat around and did nothing to stimulate job growth, they tried to tax-cut thing and that did nothing but increase the deficit. Now they want to continue down the same path that brought us a tanked economy!

I agree with MG11231, with all the missteps and sometimes criminal actions the Republican controlled government took while Bush was in office the GOP has NO business pointing fingers or taking the high road.

Once, just for once I'd like to see the GOP genuinely work with the DEMS to help this country instead constantly pointing fingers and criticizing but never putting forth any solutions other than the ones that have failed our country for years.

Reagan had Iran Contra, a Savings and Loan and lobbying scandals, the Crash of 1989, then the bursting of the real estate bubble.

Bush ignored and let 911 happen, started two wars which he mismanaged, trampled our constitution, deregulated business to the point that Ponzi schemes became the norm, lied to the American people lies that ended up killing over 4,000 of our brave men and women.

The GOP should shut up and genuinely put their noses to the grindstone and stop pontificating, witch hunting and campaigning for 2012 and pay attention the jobs they were elected and are paid to do.

Posted by: davidbronx | February 15, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Pot, meet kettle.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 15, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

This the end to the above comment.....thank you

When will the people of this country do the right thing? I can't care what goes on in Egypt...don't want to get involved. Another war will make Cheney richer....

JOBS

Posted by: lindarc | February 15, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Asleep at the wheel? This from the party of "No"? This from the party that twisted facts to start a war that killed over 4,000 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis? This from the party that refused to to hold anyone in the Bush administration accountable for torture, lying or trying to politicize the Justice department when they held power in Congress? I think it best if the Republicans refrained from such blame until they learn where the car is and that with power comes responsibilty to choose-not just throw bombs. Hypocrite-thy name is Republican.

Posted by: mg11231 | February 15, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

If we would stop pandering to the wealthy and privileged; we could balance the budget and don't forget the defense part of the budget; it's out of control because white males LOVE war (the ones who monetarily benefit from it - the Cheney's, the executives of Halliburton,Inc & KBR).

Living in DC you see the very affluent (rich) Republican politicians. There are wealthy Dems, they don't flaunt it so much as the Republicans.

Unless you're politically connect on the Republic side...you are jobless. That goes for the average everyday person that lives here.

When will the people of this country do the right thing? I can't care what goes on in Egypt...don't want to get involved. Another war will make Cheney richer....

JOBS

Posted by: lindarc | February 15, 2011 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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