The Washington Times - April 8, 2011, 10:44AM

Speaker of the House John Boehner released the following statement Friday morning:

The reason no agreement has been reached in bipartisan budget talks is disagreement over the need for real, substantial spending cuts.  The American people want to cut spending to help the private sector create jobs – and the Democrats who run Washington don’t.  That’s why they didn’t propose a budget last year, which is why we’re where we are right now.  Roll Call frames the issue at hand in terms of “the overall size of reductions to federal spending”:

“…[T]he two sides are sharply divided over where to make the cuts. While the GOP insists on making cuts to discretionary domestic spending, Democrats have pushed for reductions to mandatory spending accounts.

“Where the cuts come from is significant for Democrats and Republicans alike. By reducing the size of the budget for the remaining year, Congress will reduce the baseline number for spending in future budget battles, and Republicans would like to push that number as low as possible for discretionary spending.

“But with Republicans expected to demand additional cuts to discretionary accounts in upcoming budgets, Democrats are doing everything they can to keep their levels as high as possible for the remaining year.”

The Associated Press has said the ‘cuts’ Washington Democrats are pushing for are “foggy” and represent “phantom” savings.   The Wall Street Journal adds in an editorial today that most of the ‘cuts’ the president will accept “come not from specific programs but from ‘unobligated balances’ that might not be spent anyway.”

While Democrats are “doing everything they can” to protect big government and keep spending levels “as high as possible,” Republicans are working to make the most real spending cuts possible to help our economy.  As Speaker Boehner said this week, “Failing to make real cuts will send a signal to job creators that Washington is still not serious about getting government spending under control.”  Failing to end Washington’s spending addiction means more economic uncertainty and fewer jobs.  The question asked at the beginning of this debate still holds: when will the Democrats who run Washington listen to the American people and get serious about cutting spending to help create a better environment for job creation in America?  Because that’s what Republicans are working to do. 


Mr. Boehner briefly spoke to reporters on Friday stressing the need for President Obama to sign the House passed one week Continuing Resolution  that included funding that would pay U.S. military personnel.