Skip to comments.Cantor and Boehner: 'We're Not Going to Allow This Kind of Spending to Continue'
Posted on 07/15/2011 8:22:30 AM PDT by markomalley
"We want to change the system here," House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told a news conference on Friday. "We want to be able to go home to the people who elected us and show them that we're not going to allow this kind of spending to continue. We don't have the money -- they don't have the money."
Cantor said Republicans will bring up a bill next week -- the "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill -- "So that we can demonstrate that we are getting things under control and that the people who put us here can gain some confidence that we're going to begin to live like they do around their kitchen tables and in their businesses -- stop spending money we don't have and begin to manage this debt and deficit down to balance."
Cantor said Republicans hope "that our Democratic friends" will join them in their "balanced approach."
House Speaker John Boehner told the news conference its time for Democrats to get serious. He noted the House has passed budgets and set the standard for serious debate.
No one wants the United States to default on our obligations, Boehner said. But we wont see real economic growth without a serious plan to deal with our deficit and our debt.
Boehner said tax hikes destroy jobs; and the nation needs real spending cuts.
Listen, were in the fourth quarter here. Time and again, Republicans have offered serious proposals to cut spending and address these issues. And I think its time for the president to get serious as well. We asked him to put forward a plan not a speech a real plan, and he hasnt. We will.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Cut, Cap and Balance pledge commits lawmakers to oppose any increase in the debt limit unless substantial cuts in spending are made to reduce the deficit next year, enforceable spending caps are enacted to put the federal government on the path to a balanced budget, and Congress passes a constitutional balanced budget amendment that permanently limits federal spending and requires a supermajority for enacting tax increases.
That sounds like the beginnings of a spine emerging.
You'll forgive me if I wait until it stands up to really believe it.
I like the Hope and Change message.
Boner sounding all tough, until BHO talks mean to him. Then Boner will go limp.
There is no doubt in my mind that between Boner and Cantor, they are simply trying to do the political calculus of what’s best for saving their own hide.
Article 1, Section 7.
“So that we can demonstrate that we are getting things under control....”
An utterly ridiculous, and ultimately frightening statement, even if the sentiment is right.
Fiscally, things are so FAR out of control thanks to the DC cowardly pinheads, that it will take decades to REALLY “get things under control”.
Pardon my cynicism, but it could also mean that they're going to allow an additional, say $2.4 trillion, in spending about a week from now.
This is the GOP we're talking about, ya know...
Maybe if we heard something like - ‘I am cutting all Czars, 30% of White House staff, Michele is cutting back to 3 assistants, every department head has been ordered to make the following cuts - - -’ then Zero might have an ounce of credibility.
Counting down to the cave . . .
It cuts $111 billion from FY12, it sets spending caps as a portion of GDP and only raises the debt ceiling if a balanced budget amendment is passed by both houses and sent to the states.
“The cut/cap/balance bill is coming to the House floor on Wednesday.”
The GOP is very good at passing symbolic legislation that has no chance.
Do you honestly think that cut/cap/balance will pass the Senate? And even if by a miracle it got past a Democrat controlled Senate, do you think BHO would sign not veto it?
Just sent emails to our Senators and Congressman.
“PLEASE DO NOT CAVE IN ON THE DEBT CEILING. WE DO NOT WANT IT TO BE RAISED. WE WANT THE GOP TO START FORCING THE ADMINISTRATION TO ACT RESPONSIBLY AND REIN IN THE SPENDING AND BORROWING. NO TAX INCREASES. THANK YOU.”
>The GOP is very good at passing symbolic legislation that has no chance.
Do you honestly think that cut/cap/balance will pass the Senate? And even if by a miracle it got past a Democrat controlled Senate, do you think BHO would sign not veto it?<
So what is your solution? I don’t understand. We got a majority last election in Congress. We’ve still got a democratically controlled senate plus a marxist loving president. Are you saying Congress should not even try?
We get more and more in debt each day. And most of the idiots in DC simply want to dig us in ever deeper.
“So what is your solution?”
It’s very difficult at this point. Boehner and McConnell have been horrible at trying to control the message. Right now, the average American doesn’t know what’s going on, but Pravda has them believing the Republicans are just trying to screw things up. Here’s what can be done, in order of preference:
1 - Produce an itemized, detailed agreement. Go to the American people with it. Post it on websites, release it to the media. Detail the cuts, closure of loopholes and tax reforms. Detail what will be done, how much the ceiling will be raised, etc. Let the public know, put the pressure on the Democrats. Bargain from a position of strength, (should have been done from the start). Backroom dealing is just bad business, especially with cheats and liars.
2 - Failing to get an agreement from my first proposal, assuming the Democrats are too entrenched, go with the McConnell plan. Make it clear BHO is responsible for what happens next. Hope the country can survive the next year and a half and hope the electorate comes out of their stupor just long enough to defeat Obama in 2012.
AMEN and I thik you are right.Obama is wrong when he says 80% of Americans want a tax increases etc NO we want you in DC to understand that we all must live within our means.WE do not have the money for 50% of us working folks to keep supporting the other 50% who don’t work.The gravy train has jumped the tracks find your own way home...
Even if it only passes the house the America people are paying attention and do understand that we are going bankrupt by this adminstrations spending.If it does not pass the Senate then it can be used agaisnt every Senator up for election that voted against it.The debt issue IS the issue that will return control to the republicans and if they stay on this apth of down sizing and get us back to 1990 levels of spending and pass this after taking control of congress and the WH they can guarantee at least a decade or more of powr in DC.
BHO has nothing to do with a constitutional amendment. Once it passes both houses it’s up to the states. He can be as opposed to it as he wants to be but if it passes Congress and the states it’s the law.
A President can’t veto a constitutional amendment.
.......saving their own hide.....
Correcto. Plus Cantor wants Boehner’s Speakership. These guys do not like each other. Doesn’t a balanced budget amendment have to be passed by 2/3 of the states? How many years would that take, if ever?
>Even if it only passes the house the America people are paying attention and do understand that we are going bankrupt by this adminstrations spending.If it does not pass the Senate then it can be used agaisnt every Senator up for election that voted against it.The debt issue IS the issue that will return control to the republicans and if they stay on this apth of down sizing and get us back to 1990 levels of spending and pass this after taking control of congress and the WH they can guarantee at least a decade or more of powr in DC.<
I agree with you. Even if the bill is destined to be voted down, it shows people that there actually is at least one part of government that is attempting to rein in this juggernaut. We will pay the price for the debt at a point in the not too distant future. The democrats are going to bring about destruction if they’re not stopped.
They’re talking the talk..but will they walk the walk..
“A President cant veto a constitutional amendment.”
Didn’t realize they intend it as an amendment. That just makes it even less likely a Democrat Senate would pass such a thing.
Actually, they might.
If Obama and the dems really believe they have the right side of the argument then the amendment is a great deal for them.
It raises the ceiling without them having to give up anything. And if they’re right, the amendment will just go nowhere in the states and they’ll never have to give up anything.
Then the dems could say “we put in the hands of the people and they rejected it, it’s not out fault”.
Basically it would be a huge bet by both sides on where the public is. The GOP would be betting they’re for the amendment and the dems would be betting against.
I’d take my chances with that
Dear Marco, I've been an avid supporter of yours for a long time and am pleading for you to ask your fellow Senators to take a tough stance against the Administration.
This country is in a death spiral, and without Republican tough love in cutting spending, capping the budget and eliminating regulations choking off business, our Republic is doomed.
Please help John Boehner and Mitch McConnell find a spine.
His name is Boehner, not Boner.
You better start contacting some Conservative Senators and Congressmen then. I’ve sent emails to Cantor, McConnell, Boehner, and Rubio. DeMint and Bachmann already know the score and are fighting the fight.
Thanks for sending the emails, but yelling turns people off. Your email went into the crapper before it was ever read.
Send them emails. Be firm but polite.
Grow up and your comments might be taken more seriously. You act like the juvenile morons over on Democratic Underground.
“Grow up and your comments might be taken more seriously. You act like the juvenile morons over on Democratic Underground.”
In other words, you’re telling me to conform to what you feel is good form, as you are somehow the arbiter of what is mature, and in good taste?
My nickname for Boehner is appropriate given his performance in the role of Speaker of the House. My post conforms to the forum rules, and is not vulgar.
boner n. Informal A blunder or an error
How about this? You stuff your pompous attitude, and lighten up a bit.