Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement on President Obama and Senate Democrats’ pork-filled ‘omnibus’ spending bill:
“One month ago today, President Obama said that we can’t afford wasteful earmark spending during these tough economic times, and that he would work to end earmark spending. Now it is time for him to back up those words with action, by making it clear that he will veto the omnibus spending bill written by Senate Democrats, which includes over 6,000 earmarks.
“At a time when the federal government is borrowing 41 cents out of every dollar it spends from our kids and grandkids, this is a ‘Christmas tree’ our nation simply can’t afford. The American people have spoken. It’s time to end Washington’s job-killing spending binge – and now the ball is in President Obama’s court.”
NOTE: House Republicans’ Pledge to America includes an end to wasteful ‘omnibus’ spending bills, and both House and Senate Republicans have adopted moratoriums on earmark spending.