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Newspaper Editorials: On Earmark Reform, It's Say One Thing, Do the Other

March 13, 2009

On Wednesday, President Obama signed a massive $410 billion omnibus spending bill - a piece of legislation that contains nearly 9,000 earmarks and increases non-emergency federal spending to levels not seen since the Carter years.  Newspaper editorials blasted the President's decision to sign a bill loaded with earmarks on the very day he was announcing earmark "reform." Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) had called on the President to veto the omnibus, promising to deliver Republican votes to sustain his veto Read More

Washington Democrats' "Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week"

March 12, 2009

Whether it’s their handling of the economic crisis, a budget that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much, or congressional Democrats’ continuing split with the Administration over these issues, this has been a week that Washington Democrats would love to forget.  On both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, Democrats have been forced to defend a budget that House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has called the “anti-stimulus,” support another “stimulus” plan (only to backtrack just da Read More

Local TV Report Highlights Positive Impact of School Choice Program at D.C. High School

March 11, 2009

The $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill signed into law by President Obama yesterday isn’t just loaded with nearly 9,000 earmarks and the largest non-emergency discretionary spending hike since the Carter Administration.  It also included language devised by congressional Democratic leaders to effectively kill the successful and popular Washington, D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program – an innovative program that gives low-income parents a choice regarding where to send their children to school.  Thousands of D.C. Read More

Boehner Challenges White House on "Anti-Stimulus Budget," Says GOP Offers Better Solutions to Help Our Economy

March 11, 2009

At his weekly press briefing, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) branded President Obama’s budget “the anti-stimulus,” noting that it spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much at a time when middle-class families and small businesses are looking to both parties in Washington for real solutions to create jobs and get the economy moving again.  Boehner noted that House Republicans offered a better solution to Washington Democrats’ failing economic policies in a White House meeting earlier this year, when he and Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) Read More

Boehner: President’s Budget is an “Anti-Stimulus”

March 11, 2009

As many Washington Democrats admit that the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill won’t work and begin calls for a second “stimulus” spending bill, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement describing the president’s $3.5 trillion budget an “anti-stimulus”: Read More