March 26th, 2009
05:17 PM ET
11 years ago

House GOP rolls out budget alternative

Rep. John Boehner says President Obama's budget is 'completely irresponsible.'

Rep. John Boehner says President Obama's budget is 'completely irresponsible.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republican leaders rolled out their alternative budget on Thursday to respond to President Obama's charge they were slamming his proposal without offering one of their own.

At a Capitol Hill news conference, House GOP Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, held up an 18 page document entitled, "The Republican Road to Recovery" and said, "well, it's just not true, because here it is Mr. President."

Watch GOP leaders unveil their budget blueprint

But, when pressed for the details on how the GOP plan differed from the President's, Boehner acknowledged he didn’t have many. “This is a blueprint for where we’re going," Bohener said.

The blueprint includes familiar Republican proposals to limit wasteful government spending, cut the size of government, and provide incentives to private entities to expand access to healthcare. It also includes a major overhaul of the tax code, proposing a marginal tax rate of 10 percent for income up to $100,000 and 25 percent for any income above that level.

Pressed for specific budget numbers, Boehner said Rep. Paul Ryan, the top Republican on the budget committee, wouldn’t be releasing that information until next week. Ryan announced at the press conference that Republicans would show a "leaner budget, a budget with lower taxes, lower spending, and lower borrowing." But he left before reporters could ask him how his plan would meet those goals.

Boehner was left to field questions. He said Republicans would do a better job than the President cutting the deficit. When asked what the goal was, he answered curtly, “to do better.” Pressed again on how, Boehner said "you'll see next week." The reporter tried again, asking how the GOP plan would do better than President Obama's goal of cutting the deficit in half, and Boehner repeated, "Oh, it'll be better."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs joked with reporters about the Republican proposal, saying "it took me several minutes to read it."

"It's interesting to have a budget that doesn't contain any numbers. I think the party of no has become the party of no new ideas, " Gibbs said.

The press conference to push back against the “party of no” appeared to expose a rift inside the GOP leadership.

One Republican aide tells CNN that Boehner and House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence insisted on coming out on Thursday to counter President Obama's criticism, even though the Republican budget committee staffers were still finalizing the numbers for the alternative budget proposal.

But a Boehner spokesman flatly denied that, and said leadership staff decided last week to unveil the outline of their plan, even before the final details were ready for the floor debate next week. And Rep. Pence’s spokesman argued that the blueprint offered plenty of details on the “significant policy differences” between House Republicans and the President, and said they hoped to have specific numbers soon on their proposal.

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    is this the best they can cut for the rich tax cut for the rich......the gop=goof on parade.........and man do they own that title

    March 26, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. republicans hate america

    hmmmm let me cuts for the rich

    March 26, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. wakeupamerica

    The title of this article is quite misleading. A 19 page blueprint does not equal a budget alternative.

    March 26, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  4. Morgan

    I think I would have been more receptive if this blue print had more depth to the ideas they are proclaiming instead of a majority of it being this is the Obama budget is bad. To me it's just a glorified NO document. Hopefully next week we can see some real ideas. I really hope so because as Obama said good ideas are good ideas. So far this document release was not a good idea.

    March 26, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  5. Franky

    For starters, numbers lie, O.K? I don't care if you're gonna make a better cake...just as long it tastes good!!

    Where the hell you guys get these numbers?? And even the White House or the Congressional one??? For starters, that's one problem...

    March 26, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  6. ~~ July ~~

    John Boehner face turn red … OR it might have but since we can't tell because of that DEEP tan stray …

    Eric Can't do said ' Oops we did it again ' ..

    GOPs …. are sooooooooooooo funny

    March 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  7. NICK

    Don´t advertise a new and better budget until you have one... You Republicans are a joke from the word go. Boehner, is the King of Comedy, all bronzed up, slicked down, and trying to hit the big time.

    March 26, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    These Guy's are a joke,they could come out and say they have a map to where Bin-laden is hiding and the map say's somewhere inPakistain!

    It is time for the American people to wake up smell the coffiee'
    Vote these Republican "Bum's" out of office.

    March 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Lynn

    What a joke...and these people had the gall to criticize Sec. Geitner's broad overview (which he has carefully enacted and rolled out since then) when he had only been in office for three weeks! Like the president they should think a few days and get all the pieces in place vbefore they roll out a nonexistant budget! There only policy is more tax breaks for corporations and the rich.

    I will take the endorsements of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates for the work the president and his team is doing vbefore any of these fools!

    March 26, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Santa Cruz

    And just WHY should we give credence to any of their ideas, when these are the guys who helped create the mess we are in, and they haven't had a fresh idea since the 1980s (at least!). Puhhhleeese!

    March 26, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  11. John

    Wow, where have they been the past 8 years, stopping Bush's expanshion of medicare, more government spending the Clinton, and now the GOP wants to continue the polices that got the U.S. into the mess into the first place.
    They sound like an addict with a bottle in their hands saying that they will never drink again.

    March 26, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. B.H.

    The current GOP is no longer stands for anything like the original conservative ideals, and until they get away from the Extreme Right, they will remain irrelevant.

    March 26, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. Ann

    Let me guess... pg. 1. Tax cuts...
    pg.2 tax cuts... pg. 3 tax cuts... etc.
    Nothing like keeping a nation down by starving its growth.

    March 26, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. american

    Haven't these clowns done enough damage? Retreating to the familiar they pull out, guess what, "tax cuts". And not just little ones, HUGE ones. You like those, boys and girls, don't you? Now just climb into the car and we'll drive you home. What are they planning to cut? Haven't we hollowed out the insides of this great nation and siphoned it off to the wealthy long enough? Nothing but treachery.

    March 26, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  15. BobH

    I can't wait to see the details of a Republican budget that's funded by a 10% flat tax. If they can't propose enough cuts to balance the budget now, what cuts are they going to need to support that? And how will they avoid revealing them?

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. EVOLVE


    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. End Of An Error

    I continue to be amazed at the GOP and their attempts to hide the debacle of the last eight years.

    It was their boy in the White House who left this country such a wreck that these drastic measures are required. I'm amazed Obama didn't just turn around and walk away once he had a chance to really see what Bushism did to this country. But I am certain that if Obama can't pull off this rescue, the republicans will do everything they can to lay the failure at his feet.

    Already they are lining up to publicly declare their wish that Obama fails. Don't they realize that failure at this point means depression, possible loss of society, possible power struggles, and possible overthrow of the government? It isn't impossible and actually happens all over the world all the time. Yet republicans publicly hope for failure.

    It's that wisdom that brought us here.

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. Conservatives are MORONS!!

    Do these Republican idoiots, who have no credibility with anyone in the nation by the way, actually think that their alternative budget proposal wil fly? What in the world are they smoking?

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Vickie

    The republicans and some democratics have placed our nation in this situation where a larger government is are only choice we have left to deal with the problems of our country. So when I hear John Boehner and his republican friends giving Obama a hard time for trying to fix thier mistakes I want to slap somone silly! The public is not ignornant to what we are dealing with and WHY!

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  20. Steve

    Tax cuts, eviscerate domestic spending, tax cuts, deregulate, tax cuts, pork to contributors, tax cuts, runaway defense spending, and tax cuts.

    Does that about cover it?

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  21. John Doe

    you can't expect to pay for the military complex that you've created on just 10% income tax and 25% for the rich. it just won't work, it hasn't worked and will never work.

    This republican party JUST DOESN'T GET IT!

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. helloooooOOOO

    hmmm, last I heard about this, the repubs still didnt know what thier bill was going to COST ! I think I will wait for details about this..

    March 26, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. bill williams

    Tax cuts for the RICH! Yay!

    It has worked so well in the past, right?


    March 26, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  24. Joshua College Station Texas

    I like the simpler tax idea. Pretty straightforward.

    No numbers though is a joke.

    March 26, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. arithmetic is liberal they still have nothing?

    Note to Boehner:
    You're going to have to put together something with a little more substance than a PowerPoint presentation to get people on board with your party – ever.

    March 26, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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