While President Obama was telling Congressional leaders he wants to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts or reforms, Senate Democrats were preparing to reject his budget – unanimously.
This is the second year in a row the Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously opposed the president’s unserious budget (0-99 this year). And it was almost two months ago that his budget failed to win a single vote in the House (0-414). Altogether, 513 elected lawmakers have opposed it.
Of course – it’s been three years since Senate Democrats offered a budget of their own. In that time, we’ve faced an unemployment rate above eight percent and back-to-back-to-back trillion-dollar deficits.
These failures have left families stuck – jobs are scarce, prices are rising, and wages are stagnant, but neither the White House nor Senate Democrats have a serious plan to address our challenges. Instead, they’re focused on fake fights and political gimmicks, and are pushing for higher taxes that would make it even harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
This is why Speaker John Boehner jumpstarted the conversation yesterday about addressing the spending-driven debt that threatens job creation and economic growth. The Speaker outlined a number of ways to put America back on the path to prosperity. With the national debt nearing $16 trillion, the debt limit approaching, and the largest tax hike in history looming, Boehner said “we shouldn’t wait” -- we need to “confront our challenges now while we still have the ability to do so.”
House Republicans already adopted a responsible budget that promotes job growth by cutting spending and protecting America’s entitlement programs for future generations. Last week, the House voted to reduce the deficit by an additional $242.8 billion while protecting our troops and their families.
But that’s not all. The House has passed nearly 30 jobs bills that are being blocked by Senate Democrats. While those bipartisan bills gather dust, Republicans have also worked with the White House and Democrats to pass - in a bipartisan way - jobs bills such as the JOBS Act, a veterans hiring bill, three trade agreements, patent reform, legislation repealing the IRS withholding tax on job creators, and more.