When Republicans took control of the House in 2011, we promised to rein in out-of-control federal spending and change the way Congress spends taxpayer money. One important step in that process was banning earmarks.
One of the most important facts about the budget agreement reached by Chairmen Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Patty Murray (D-WA) is that it actually keeps the Budget Control Actâ€™s savings intact while replacing one-time spending cuts with smarter reforms to mandatory spending programs that will produce real, lasting savings.
At a press conference earlier today, Speaker Boehner reiterated the House’s good-faith efforts to finish important work on behalf of the American people, and called on Senate Democrats “to get serious” and do their part to support that effort. As Speaker Boehner said:
“I want the farm bill conference to be completed. Chairman Lucas has made a number of good-faith efforts, we can’t get Senate Democrats to the point of saying ‘yes.’
Speaker Boehner responded to Democrats’ latest push for more tax hikes today, making clear that there will be no budget agreement that raises taxes on American families and small businesses, which would make it harder to create jobs. As Boehner said:
Speaker Boehner sat down with Bloomberg TV and Fox Business this evening to continue pressing the need for policies that will produce the robust economic growth & job creation American families & small businesses need.
"With the House budget, Republicans have shown that the federal government can, and must, do more with less. We can get spending under control and achieve a balanced budget if the president and Washington Democrats come to the table willing to make the same tough choices American families and small businesses are making every day. These hardworking Americans must balance their budgets, and Washington owes it to them to do the same."