Boehner blasts reported Obama budget as 'wrong direction'
April 5th, 2013
01:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner blasts reported Obama budget as 'wrong direction'

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said Friday the budget President Barack Obama will soon unveil takes no steps towards finding common ground with Republicans, despite the president's offer to cut federal entitlement spending.

"If the president believes these modest entitlement savings are needed to help shore up these programs, there's no reason they should be held hostage for more tax hikes. That's no way to lead and move the country forward," Boehner said in a press release.

The president's proposal as described to CNN and other news outlets by senior Obama administration officials includes changes to Social Security and Medicare, similar to an offer Obama made to Boehner during the fiscal cliff negotiations in December. That would include a cut of $400 billion to Medicare over a decade.

"The president and I were not able to reach an agreement late last year because his offers never lived up to his rhetoric," Boehner responded. "Despite talk about so-called balance, the president's last offer was significantly skewed in favor of higher taxes and included only modest entitlement savings. He said he could go no further toward the middle, and that's why his last offer was rejected."

The reported entitlement program changes have also received fire from left-leaning groups who argue the changes would hurt vulnerable individuals.

Obama's budget also includes tax increases, which Republicans say is a non-starter since taxes were increased on wealthy individuals as part of the final fiscal cliff deal.

"In the end, the president got his tax hikes on the wealthy with no corresponding spending cuts," Boehner wrote. "At some point we need to solve our spending problem, and what the president has offered would leave us with a budget that never balances. In reality, he's moved in the wrong direction, routinely taking off the table entitlement reforms he's previously told me he could support."

He suggested further that Obama's so-called charm offensive was to little avail on budget matters.

"When the president visited the Capitol last month, House Republicans stated a desire to find common ground and urged him not to make savings we agree upon conditional on another round of tax increases. If reports are accurate, the president has not heeded that call," Boehner said.

Republicans have roundly criticized Obama for missing the February deadline for submitting his budget proposal. The proposal could be released next week, White House officials have said.

The Republican-led House has previously passed a proposal drafted by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. It was a budget not warmly received by the Democratic Senate or the White House.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Unlabeled

    Here's the idiot that has made it his personal mission in life to sink the entire nation. If he were running a business on the outside, he be broke. Then he too would be standing with his hand out looking for some kind of help. If, in the future he gets the chance to be ousted from his present position, I hope he comes to me for assistance. It's not going to happen. He can set up residence under an overpass, but no assistance.

    April 5, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. NotFooledByDistractions

    Wow, what a surprise, boehner shot down the presidents budget. They can't have it all ways – all their way, if that's what they want, they should actually win elections with the majority of the votes.

    April 5, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Donna

    FACT: Democrats have controlled MOST of our federal government now for nearly EIGHT YEARS. And they continue to lie and divert from that TRUTH. The economy was doing fine until 2006, when Democrats took control of TWO THIRDS of the federal government. Within a year, the economy was TANKING. Within another year their policies of free houses to those that couldn't afford them came home to roost and the housing bubble imploded. They were warned and warned yet they and Barney Frank said all was well.

    Here we are 5-7 years later still in an jobless economic mess and STILL they blame others. Democrats act like two year olds, always blaming others and acepting none of the responsibility. Obamacare? Now turns into a disaster, but not their fault! All they did was lie, cheat and bribe to get it pased and jammed down our throats but it wasn't THEIR idea! Yeah, it was somebody else that said we'd have to pass it to see what was in it... a big steaming pile of Democrat failure.

    April 5, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Since the Great Depresion of the 1930's we, (Well You) have been following the Liberal Adjenda. Big Social Programs that were (Supposed) tio fix everything. So if everyhing is still not fixed, I have to ask WHAT HAPPENED ??? Why are worse off than we were 83 years ago ! ! ! You can take it apart and re-assemble it any way you want to. It adds up to the same thing. Bad economics, bad decisions. The Republician's can't make Obama look bad. He is doing that all by himself. .

    News Flash ! Ralph Cramden is STILL making 55 dollars a week driving a city bus in Brooklyn.

    April 5, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Boehner, put down the Jack Daniels and do some work. The problem isn't the President's budget. The problem is that you have ABSOLUTELY No CONTROL over your republican caucus. We've been hearing this same lame blame game from you every time you go up to the podium. You're terrible at your job!

    April 5, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    20 more months until we put you back into the minority if not out of public service all together Boehner.

    April 5, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Tea Party Thomas

    If Obama really wants to balance the budget do the following.

    1. Repeal that socialist Obama Care.
    2. Dismantle both Social Security and Medicare.
    3. Cut federal employees by 50%.
    4. Cut funding for the give a way programs.
    5. Deport the million of illegals living in this country.

    STOP THE SPENDING

    April 5, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Marie MD

    Is he back already? I agree with Lynda/Minnesota that all this drunk does is whine and I might add cry!

    April 5, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. Bob

    Donna

    FACT: Democrats have controlled MOST of our federal government now for nearly EIGHT YEARS.

    --------------------------------

    LIE – If it's true, why have not judges been confirmed, and bills passed? HHHMMM????????

    April 5, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Who cares what the gop garbage party says or does,nothing, they will be out on their ass in 2014 and forget 2016 !!!!

    April 5, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Bob

    Tea Party Thomas

    If Obama really wants to balance the budget do the following.

    1. Repeal that socialist Obama Care.
    2. Dismantle both Social Security and Medicare.
    3. Cut federal employees by 50%.
    4. Cut funding for the give a way programs.
    5. Deport the million of illegals living in this country.

    STOP THE SPENDING

    ------------------------–

    Ridiculous. Have you ever had a thought that did not originate in your colon?

    April 5, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    All the teaparty gop slobs on this thread should self deport and do the USA a favor ,go to somila where you have the same values !!!!donna .

    April 5, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Hey gop, you lost the last to presidential elections and 2016 already gop slobs, donna # one.

    April 5, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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