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Boehner, House Republican Leaders Call for Federal Spending Freeze
http://republicanleader.house.gov/News/DocumentQuery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=689 ^ | Feb 23, 2009

Posted on 02/23/2009 9:56:21 AM PST by cc2k

Boehner, House Republican Leaders Call for Federal Spending Freeze to Address Growing Budget Deficit


Democratic Leaders Should Scrap Bill that Contains Biggest Discretionary Spending Hike Since Jimmy Carter, Pass Clean Bill That Holds Line on Government Spending, GOP Leaders Urge

Washington, Feb 23 - As Washington leaders gather for a White House summit on fiscal responsibility, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and other House Republican leaders today wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), calling for a federal spending freeze and urging Democratic congressional leaders to scrap a massive bill that contains the largest increase in non-entitlement spending since the Carter Administration. Congress should scrap the so-called “omnibus” bill, which has been kept hidden from public scrutiny by Democratic leaders, and instead pass clean legislation that holds the line on federal spending, Republican leaders said.

“President Obama has called for both parties to get serious about fiscal responsibility. With our budget deficit potentially reaching $3 trillion this year, Republicans stand ready to work with him, and we believe we should start right now,” Boehner said. “Democratic congressional leaders should abandon their plans to rush another giant spending increase through Congress without public scrutiny, and instead pass a clean bill that freezes spending at current levels. Republicans stand ready to work with our Democratic colleagues and the President to take this first step toward a new standard of fiscal discipline in Washington.”

“Weeks ago House Republicans asked Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer to put this giant spending bill online so the American people would have adequate time to review it. Unfortunately, they declined. And on Friday, it was revealed that the bill congressional Democrats have been withholding from public view contains the largest discretionary spending increase since the Carter Administration, at a time when the federal budget deficit is already ballooning to dangerous levels,” Boehner said. “Democratic congressional leaders are reportedly rushing this bill to a vote this week, just days after passing a trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ spending bill that no Member of Congress had even read. This is not fiscal responsibility; it is fiscal negligence, paid for by our children and grandchildren. We must change course, and we must do it in a bipartisan manner.”

NOTE: The giant spending bill kept under wraps by Democratic leaders would fund the nine uncompleted Fiscal Year 2009 appropriations bills that the Democratic Congress did not send to the President last year. Many taxpayer advocates argue that instead of rolling the nine appropriations bills into one giant “omnibus” bill that increases federal spending on an array of programs and projects at a time of growing budget deficits, Congress should simply pass a resolution that holds government spending at current levels.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; boehner; economy; gop; porkulus
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BOHICA.

I actually faxed my Congress Critter and Senators a letter this morning about this "Omnibus Spending Bill." I strongly suggested the Republicans submit an alternative that holds spending to FY 2008 levels for the remainder of FY 2009.

I also advised that the Republicans should boycott any vote taken prior to posting this spending bill publicly on the Internet for a reasonable time for public review (days, not hours).

1 posted on 02/23/2009 9:56:21 AM PST by cc2k
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To: cc2k

Isn’t the horse out of the barn already?

Pubbies better get Snowe Specter and Collins in line. That or throw them out of the party.


2 posted on 02/23/2009 9:59:36 AM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: Danae

I say just throw them out. Period.


3 posted on 02/23/2009 10:01:11 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama dozed.....people froze.)
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To: cc2k

And it would be nice if their spending freeze included sending back all their “automatic” pay raises!

— Jane


4 posted on 02/23/2009 10:01:37 AM PST by quintr
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To: cc2k

after years of running up the deficit I just can’t take the repubs seriously on this.

sorry


5 posted on 02/23/2009 10:08:45 AM PST by misterrob (FUBO----Just say it, Foooooooooooooo Boooooooowwwwww. Smooth)
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To: cc2k
It's easy to act conservative when not in control.
6 posted on 02/23/2009 10:11:37 AM PST by BGHater (Tyranny is always better organised than freedom)
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To: BGHater

Exactly. I’m glad they’re saying it now, but they’d have a whole lot more credibility if they’d done this years ago.


7 posted on 02/23/2009 10:18:04 AM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: cc2k

Screw the freeze, 25% off the top except for defense.


8 posted on 02/23/2009 10:18:39 AM PST by MarkeyD (Way to go Michael Steele! MS for President!)
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To: BGHater
It's easy to act conservative when not in control.

Actually, it would be much easier for them to go along with Oprah. I will give them their due. Better late than never.

9 posted on 02/23/2009 10:21:52 AM PST by AmusedBystander (O-bam-a-cide - noun, 1. killing of USA by idiotic policies. 2. a present-voting poser.)
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To: cc2k
Any chance we can clone Bobby Jindal and have him be spokesmen for these people? John Boehner and Mitch McConnell kind of pathetic spokesmen for the conservative movement.
10 posted on 02/23/2009 10:37:14 AM PST by exist
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To: cc2k

Boycotting votes will have the same result as voting....lib/dems prevail. Hardly a threat.


11 posted on 02/23/2009 10:38:24 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I can live with that.


12 posted on 02/23/2009 10:40:12 AM PST by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: misterrob

Why didn’t the GOP do this many trillions of dollars of spending/debt ago? They are utter hypocrites.


13 posted on 02/23/2009 10:57:21 AM PST by LowTaxesEqualProsperity
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To: anniegetyourgun
anniegetyourgun wrote:
Boycotting votes will have the same result as voting....lib/dems prevail. Hardly a threat.
Yes, and no.

It's something the media can't hide. If the Republicans stayed to force the roll call vote, and then walked out, the vote would be on the record as only democrats present.

And it might be newsworthy enough that the Party Propaganda Ministry (formerly known as the media) might have to actually report it.

I think it might make people more aware of what's going on.

14 posted on 02/23/2009 11:00:49 AM PST by cc2k (When less than half the voters pay taxes, it's called "taxation without representation.")
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To: exist

John Boehner has done great since Obama took office. He held every whole house republican firm against Obama’s porkulus bill and even got a few Democrats to oppose.

They deserve our thanks..not our scorn. McConnell, we have to watch(I agree)...but he did manage to hold the senate republicans together except the 3 rinos Obama was able to bribe or threaten.


15 posted on 02/23/2009 11:05:19 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire

John Boehner has done great since Obama took office. He held every whole house republican firm against Obama’s porkulus bill and even got a few Democrats to oppose.

They deserve our thanks..not our scorn.

Hmmm...I don't know. Two historic losses in a row I think are pretty scorn-worthy.

16 posted on 02/23/2009 11:07:46 AM PST by exist
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To: exist

You are aware that the republicans don’t have enough votes to stop this in the house don’t you?

We are the minority.....(eye roll)


17 posted on 02/23/2009 11:10:42 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: penelopesire

You are aware that the republicans don’t have enough votes to stop this in the house don’t you?

We are the minority.....(eye roll)

Yes and I am also aware that John Boehner had nothing to do with us being in the minority. I mean, except for the fact that he was leader.

18 posted on 02/23/2009 11:17:02 AM PST by exist
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To: exist

So..your plan is to moan and complain from here on out?

I hear what you are saying..but the republicans are getting their mojo back and we need to support them when they are doing what we expect as conservatives.


19 posted on 02/23/2009 11:19:18 AM PST by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: cc2k
I only wish that more people were paying attention.
20 posted on 02/23/2009 11:23:11 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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