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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  1. Tulsa L

    Yep they threw a half @#$ budget together because they have been shown up as the men in Washington that are just sitting on their rear ends and doing nothing but saying NO NO NO NO........what did you cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.........that's really going to get us out of this mess.........we don't buy it..........give it up you are all full of boys have lost it and you ain't going to get it back.......

    March 26, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Colin

    It's misleading to refer to it as a budget. It's more like a preview. I get that. Hopefully, we'll be able to clearly see the SPECIFICS next week. Come on, GOP. Prove Gibbs wrong.

    March 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. Just Sayin...

    How can you still be talking about tax cuts? Im sick of hearing about private health care. We elected Obama for tpublic health care, and ousted GOP because they don't care about anyone but the RICH. ITS TIME TO REALIZE THAT GOP...YOU SUCK. YOUR OLD. YOUR DYING....time to re-invent. Why don't you start by forming a GOP that doesn't cater to the religious right, and actually offer policy differences that come from informed thinking rather then religious beliefs...

    March 26, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Maryjane Mosher

    President Obama .
    Why are we billing anyone OUT.
    They did it theresefl.not us taxs payers . BAD MOVE,
    ALLSO these VETS need to get everything we had gave them
    at last there where over they keeping us safl .
    And theys bounce check well my husbond work for 33 years and he didnt get bounce,,,,,, I cant belive there need this or should get it and there should br made too pay 90% back /////////.

    March 26, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Nidwaldner

    Can it seriously be called a buget without any, you know, umm numbers?

    March 26, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Mack

    18 pages? Comic books are longer than that.

    March 26, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Dekonti

    Not a single number was in this mess. The party of ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Chris

    I read their proposal. It was a joke. It's not even 18 pages. It has a bunch of small photos and irrelevant diagrams (that are really little more than doodles) and I think they put those in there just to take up space. Remove those and the document is really about 10 pages. Literally. It literally has NO numbers other than the mention of "a marginal tax rate of 10 percent for income up to $100,000 and 25 percent for any income above that level." This is pitiful. Obama's budget outline (140 pages long) was released, literally, a month ago. On February 26th, 2009. What is the hold up on the alternative? You can look up both plans online. Compare the two. You will laugh.

    March 26, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. Olegringo, NM

    The Reps plan probably did not cost enough and was to simple for Dems to comprehend.

    March 26, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  10. justthinkinoutloud

    Now lets see, the repukes want to lower the tax rate to 10% on incomes of $100K. Gee fella's, you had total control of the white house and both chambers of congress for six years, before you got your butts whipped in 06. So we all have to ask ourselves can we trust them to do this when they didn't do it or even mention it when they had the power. My memory says all they did while in power is lower the taxes for the rich at the expense of the rest of us, and I won't even mention what they did to the economy as a result of the tax cuts for the wealthy. So now they open their pie holes and want sane and rationale people to believe this is what they are going to do, really.........

    March 26, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. KR

    You are like Palin you can not even answer a question appropriately. What is one of your ideas to cut taxes, especially on the rich. You are still the party of no. I would cut my arm off before I vote republican.

    March 26, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Minnesota

    "It's better." Why is it better? "Because we're the GOP and we just say it is and that makes it so."

    March 26, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  13. mtv

    GOP GOT 0 PLAN.............and their instruction booklet to DO NOTHING!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. Mark

    More of the same garbage that got us into this mess. Exactly what we need. Ugh...

    March 26, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. sandy

    Well this certainly sounds like more of the same thing that we have had for the past 8 years, and look where that got us. They better come up with some new ideas. Personally, I'm with my President all the way.

    March 26, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. digger

    Sounds like a good plan to me.

    March 26, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. Nancy

    Rep. Boehner; You are an idiot and a disgrace to our Country. You repubs just can't get over the fact that Obama won and you didn't. Being a–holes won't win you the election, but it will make the world more sure of what you really are. Ignorant, stubborn, arrogant, and brainless. Get over it and Help the man who won the election for a reason. He's the one with the brain.

    March 26, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. VL

    That... what ever the hell that was (19 pages of BS) very pathetic.....
    I think someone needs to go to the corner and take a timeout.

    March 26, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. digger

    Spending is way out of controll. It has to be cut down. It can't go on like it is.

    March 26, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Jerome

    So the Reps have a budget ready that's not ready yet to be presented to Congress but will be ready next week, so that means the President lied? (according to Boehner)

    March 26, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  21. Fat Elvis

    yeah well the devil is in the details.

    March 26, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. Stephen

    Correction: should read "GOP releases shiny brochure that says they have a plan." Common, CNN. Don't play us all for fools.

    March 26, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. WIlly Brown

    Anything is better than the democrat tax and spend to socialism.

    March 26, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  24. Simmy

    A Republican coloring book of ideas – Lol!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  25. Kay

    All flash and no substance. Didn't we just have 8 years of that?

    March 26, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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