House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says the GOP will not “punt” on entitlements in their budget to be released this
Spring. Obama’s budget came out yesterday without even a glancing blow at entitlement cuts. In his presser today, he had the gall to say he was glad to hear that people believe entitlements are a problem – something he believes he hasn’t heard in the past. Not only has there never been a more lawless presidency, there has never been such a leaderless presidency.
From the Obama presser today:
But, look, I was glad to see yesterday Republican leaders say, how come you didn’t talk about entitlements? I think that’s progress, because what we had been hearing made it sound as if we just slashed deeper on education or other provisions in domestic spending that somehow that alone was going to solve the problem. So I welcomed — I think it was significant progress that there is an interest on all sides on those issues.
Stuart Varney is on Fox this minute, saying the President has announce he will save money by painting Embassy roofs white!
“Republicans will not punt,” Boehner told reporters at a press conference convened to denounce President Obama’s budget proposal. “Everything is on the table. We will put forward a budget that deals with the challenges that face our country.”
The Speaker did not say whether the GOP budget would cut Social Security and Medicare, deferring to the chairman of the Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). But the implication was clear.
“I have no doubt that all of these issues would be on the table,” Boehner said.
“The biggest danger to our country is if we do not act,” he added. “The status quo is shackling our kids and grandkids. That’s why I believe we have to act.”
Boehner and Ryan underscored the promise in a joint statement issued hours later, designed to respond to claims the Republican leadership had sent mixed signals about whether their budget would include entitlement reforms.
“Our budget will lead where the president has failed, and it will include real entitlement reforms so that we can have a conversation with the American people about the challenges we face and the need to chart a new path to prosperity,” Boehner and Ryan said. “Our reforms will focus both on saving these programs for current and future generations of Americans and on getting our debt under control and our economy growing.”