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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and GOP leaders held a press conference today ahead of a vote on the Budget Control Act, Republicans’ plan to cut spending and end the debt limit crisis.  A link to the video and excerpts from Boehner’s opening comments are below:


BOEHNER CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF BUDGET CONTROL ACT TO CUT SPENDING AND END DEBT LIMIT CRISIS:

“This is a challenging time for our country.   Americans are worried about their job.  They’re worried about our economy.  And they’re worried about our debt.  … For the sake of jobs, for the sake of our country, I’m asking the representatives in the House in a bipartisan way and my colleagues in the Senate: let’s pass this bill and end this crisis.”

BOEHNER: HOUSE HAS LED, SENATE HAS NO EXCUSES LEFT FOR INACTION
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“Today the House will take action – again – on a solution to end this debt limit crisis.  We’ll take action – again, just like we did on our budget – on solutions to the problems that are facing our nation.  After today, the House will have sent to the Senate not one, but two different bills that will rein in spending, increase the debt ceiling, and bring an end to this crisis.   When the House takes action today, the United States Senate will have no more excuses for inaction.”

BOEHNER: THIS BILL IS NOT PERFECT, REFLECTS BIPARTISAN DISCUSSION
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”The bill is not perfect.   I’ve never said it was perfect. … What this bill reflects is a sincere, honest effort to end this crisis in a bipartisan way, to send it to the Senate where it can receive action.”

BOEHNER: CBO-CERTIFIED BILL CUTS SPENDING MORE THAN INCREASE IN THE DEBT LIMIT
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“Throughout this debate, we’ve promised the American people we would cut spending more than what we would increase the debt limit, and we also said we would not entertain any increases in taxes.  Today the House is going to vote on a bill that meets that test.  It’s been certified by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.   There are no gimmicks.  There are no smokescreens.  It raises the debt limit, and cuts government spending by a larger amount.”