Weekly Address Highlights: Rep. McMorris Rodgers on the President’s Job-Crushing Budget | Speaker.gov

In the Weekly Republican Address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) highlights how President Obama’s budget breaks his promise to cut the deficit in half and continues his job-crushing policies.  The lawmaker notes that Republicans, as part of the Plan for America’s Job Creators, will offer a pro-growth budget that lifts the crushing burden of debt and creates a better environment for private-sector job creation.  Listenwatch, or download the weekly address, and check out early coverage:

“OBAMA BUDGET PROPOSAL UNDER FIRE IN GOP ADDRESS”: “…Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers used the Republican response to hammer the budget proposal he sent to Congress on Monday.  The president made no mention of his budget…  McMorris Rodgers … Argued that the president's budget would instead make the country less competitive with manufacturing giants such as China.  ‘Instead of leading the effort to bring down our debt and make tough choices, the president is proposing that we spend more and more,’ she said. ‘All his wasteful spending puts us deeper in debt to China. All his tax hikes would destroy jobs and make it tougher to compete with China.’  His $3.8 trillion proposal, she said, reneges on Obama's promise to halve federal deficits by the end of his first term. … And McMorris Rodgers argued that the spending cuts are not new sacrifices, but previously negotiated cuts and mirage.” (“Obama budget proposal under fire in GOP address,” CNN, 2/18/12) 

“SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA WON’T KEEP HIS PROMISES” TO CUT DEFICIT IN HALF: “In this week's republican address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of the State of Washington says President Obama won't keep his promises on the economy.  Referring to a February 2009 White House Summit on fiscal responsibility, McMorris Rodgers says the president has failed to keep his promise to cut the nation's deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.  Rep. McMorris Rodgers says more broken promises seem to be coming, too. She says that when one does the math, ‘the president's budget only achieves, at most, about a tenth of the savings it promises.’ ‘More than half of the proposed 'savings' in the president's budget for the next year -- about $2 trillion -- are already law,’ McMorris Rodgers says. ‘These savings come from the Budget Control Act -- the bill congressional Republicans insisted that the president sign last year in response to his demand for an increase in the nation's debt limit.’” (“GOP Address: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers -- Obama's Budget Is 'Roadmap to Greece,’” ABC News Radio, 2/18/12) 

“WARNS THAT OBAMA’S OVERSPENDING WILL SET THE COUNTRY UP FOR A FINANCIAL IMPLOSION LIKE THE ONE IN GREECE”: “Washington state Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers warns that Obama's overspending will set the country up for a financial implosion like the one in Greece.  She accuses Obama of ‘proposing that we spend more and more,’ instead of making tough choices to bring down the national debt.” (“GOP warns of spending,” Associated Press, 2/18/12) 

“ACCUSED THE PRESIDENT OF GRANDSTANDING AND RELYING ON GIMMICKS”: “With President Obama's federal budget, all roads lead to Athens, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Saturday in the Republican's weekly national media address. … ‘The president's budget isn't a blueprint for America -- it's a roadmap to Greece,’ she said in a slam referring to Greece, which is struggling to meet fiscal targets so it can qualify for a $170 billion international bailout loan.  McMorris Rodgers also said President Obama had dropped the ball on a pledge to cut the federal deficit in half by the end of his first four years in office.  She accused the president of grandstanding and relying on gimmicks.”  (“GOP congresswoman slams Obama budget,” UPI, 2/18/12) 

“MORE THAN HALF THE PROPOSED SAVINGS … COME FROM REDUCTIONS ALREADY IN THE LAW”: Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers ofWashington, in the Republican radio and Internet response, criticized the $3.8 trillion budget plan Obama proposed on Feb. 13 and the $831 billion stimulus bill of 2009, which marked its third anniversary yesterday.  The budget plan wouldn’t meet Obama’s pledge to cut the deficit by half by the end of his first term.   Rodgers said about $2 trillion, or more thanhalf the proposed savings in the budget plan, come from reductions already in the law, while another almost $1 trillion comes from a ‘war gimmick’ of ‘money that was never requested and will never be spent on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.’  ‘Do the math and you’ll discover that the president’s budget only achieves, at most, about a tenth of the savings it promises,’ she said.” (Bloomberg, 2/18/12)

“SAID BUSINESSES ARE LEERY OF HIRING”: “In the Republican radio address, a House member from eastern Washington state said businesses are leery of hiring because of the deficit spending and government regulations in Obama's latest budget.  ‘As we've learned from Greece and the European Union, no country can escape the costs of big government policies forever,’ said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wa. ‘The president's budget isn't a blueprint for America -- it's a road map to Greece.’”  (“GOP rips spending,” USA TODAY, 2/18/12)

“SAID THE PRESIDENT’S BUDGET PLAN DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO LOWER SPENDING”: “Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (R., Wash.), giving the weekly radio address for the Republican Party, said the president's budget plan doesn't go far enough to lower spending and the nation's deficit.  ‘If we keep on going like this, the consequences will be devastating. As we've learned from Greece and the European Union, no country can escape the costs of big-government policies forever,’ she said.  She continued, ‘The president's budget isn't a blueprint for America--it's a roadmap to Greece.’  She said the president hasn't lived up to his promise to slash the nation's deficit in half in his first term.” (Wall Street Journal, 2/18/12) 

“THE PRESIDENT IS NOT TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAKING THE TOUGH CHOICES”: “In the Republican address, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers accused the president of excessive spending that would lead the country into financial ruin, rivaling that of debt-ridden Greece.  She says the president is not taking responsibility for making the tough choices to cut into the debt and shore up the economy.”  (Voice of America, 2/18/12)