Replacing the President’s Sequester with Responsible Spending Cuts, Not More Tax Hikes
"There is a smarter way to reduce the size of government than to slash defense spending, threaten national security and hurt military families," says Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) in the Weekly Republican Address. “In fact, the Republican-led House has already voted twice to replace the president’s sequester with targeted spending cuts based on real budget priorities." Watch her here and read more below.
- Rep. Roby called on President Obama and Senate Democrats to join House-led efforts to replace his sequester – not with more tax increases, but with responsible spending cuts that help balance the budget in 10 years.
- “We’re weeks away from the president’s sequester," said Speaker Boehner, and the president still has “laid out no plan" to replace it. Senate Democrats still haven’t passed a replacement plan of their own either.
- "Do Senate Democrats support President Obama’s agenda?" asked Speaker Boehner. If the president wants more ‘stimulus’ spending, more tax hikes, and a national energy tax, Senate Democrats ought to “go ahead and take it up." The GOP will be focused on creating jobs and addressing our debt.
- Click here to watch Senator Marco Rubio deliver the Republican Address to the Nation, and to see our fact checks and infographics responding to the president’s claims in his State of the Union address.
- NBC’s TODAY Show highlighted two students from Washington, DC’s successful school choice program that were invited by Speaker Boehner to be his guests for the State of the Union message. Learn more about the Speaker’s other guests here and here.
- On February 27, a statue of Rosa Parks will be dedicated in National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol. Speaker Boehner said, “I can’t think of a more fitting honor for a great American hero who still inspires us all."
- Speaker Boehner and GOP leaders called on the NLRB to cease all activity until its Members are Constitutionally appointed, noting that doing otherwise “exacerbates the jobs crisis plaguing the nation."
- The House voted to overturn President Obama’s automatic pay raise for federal employees, extending the current pay freeze for government workers (including Members of Congress and the president’s Cabinet).
- Under President Obama, it takes 30 times longer to get a federal drilling permit than some state and private permits. Energy production on federal land has plummeted and popular projects like Keystone XL remain blocked.
- The Hill says the president is waging an “endless campaign," and “stump-style appears are ‘what he’s best at’." Replacing his sequester with responsible cuts that put us on a path to balance the budget in 10 years, submitting a budget, and approving the Keystone XL pipeline would all be more productive.