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. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    THE GOT NO PLAN this the plan we were waiting for???
    If this was the President spouting this gibarish it would be all over the MSM 24/7.
    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.

    March 26, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. CAW in MD

    Yeah, that's about right. I can hear it now.

    "We have a Republican alternative! We don't know how much it costs, it doesn't address the things that need to be addressed, but boy is it cheaper! Did we mention the tax cuts?"

    My fondest wish is to hope that the American people see through this crap for the obstructionist propaganda it is...

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

    Where were you blowhards when the village idiot was running up the huge deficits? Crawl back in your hole.

    March 26, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Moving Forward!

    OMG!! Mr President stay as far away from this budget as you can get! It stinks to high heaven!! Republicans have just destroyed any credibility they had with the American people!

    March 26, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  5. Lori

    Ha! Ha! Ha! A proposal with no specifics on the money it will cost to deliver these policies. Give me a break! I'll be waiting for next week. Plus, this 'alternative' plan includes the same ole, same ole tax cuts for the rich, etc. that we had under the Bush administration. More of the same. Go back to the table Republicans and come up with REAL solutions!!!

    March 26, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. In The Battle of Wits ... One Party is Unarmed

    LIARS ... This is not a budget .... this is not a credible alternative. Hand waving does not serve as data / facts.

    On Tuesday the PRESIDENT indicted the GOP for lacking an alternative to his budget. Who do they think they are fooling by rushing out this toliet paper 2 days later?

    Admit the truth GOP ... you are following the lead of Barack Hussien Obama. His team is smarter than yours ... his team OUTWORKS yours.

    The PRESIDENT caught you asleep at the wheel ... you challenged him and were unprepared with any SUBSTANCE to back up your challenge. I would recommend you not do that again.

    March 26, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. trackfun

    so, rather than holding a press conference to announce news, ideas, and plans, the Party of No Ideas held a press conference to announce that they will hold a press conference in the future to possibly give details about a potential idea that they might formulate in the coming days?

    Meanwhile, President Obama consistently talks intelligently about the details of the ideas he proposed in his budget proposal last month. Again, elections have consequences.

    March 26, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  8. chuck


    March 26, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. kayla


    March 26, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. fred

    mmmmmh. Arrogant? Interesting!

    March 26, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Rick

    HEADLINE: Congressional Republicans provide 18-Page IOU to the American public.

    Boehner reportedly tells staffers that "my dog ate the GOP budget proposal".

    March 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |

    Was this on the back of their Britney Program?

    March 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. truthsayer

    What a joke. A 19 page budget with no facts and no figures and more tax cuts for the wealthy.

    March 26, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  14. Dwayne

    Is that really the way you pronounce his last name? Things that make you go hmmmmmmm!

    March 26, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Sigh...and how doyou run the gov't with minimalized tax revenue? That's right, you borrow. THERE IS NO PROPOSAL UNTIL THERE ARE SPECIFICS. This is an empty set of cover pages, a sham designed to give them the opportunity to say they offered something but it was rejected out of hand.

    March 26, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  16. Suzy

    That is just a book cover, there are no details inside. Republicans still playing games.

    March 26, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  17. Frank, Las Vegas

    Here's another GOP idiot. He holds two or three pieces of paper, calls it a budget, but there's no numbers inside. When asked a question, his response is wait until next week. The GOP truly think Americans are stupid. I'm sure all that's inside is the words, let cut taxes. Inside that pretty blue cover is the same thing between Boehner's ears, NOTHING. We should change his name from Boehner to Bonehead!

    March 26, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  18. Dan

    This is cute, where was this so called blueprint when they had their hero Bush in office?????????

    I personally think we the people should vote them all out and start fresh.

    March 26, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  19. Matt

    Congrats Bohener, congrats Repubs. This is starting to look like a Democracy is supposed to look, with two opposing sides of differing views presenting and discussing alternatives.

    The final necessary step will be compromise. Repubs and Dems will need to step up to the plate, take a lesson from someone like Bob Dole, a staunch conservative who remained true to his values but nonetheless compromised in order to get the People's business done.

    March 26, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  20. Parker

    Sounds good to me!

    March 26, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  21. Barbara NY

    LOL I can't stop laughing. Boehner, Pence and Kantor really should be doing stand up comedy.

    March 26, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  22. jeffinmn

    This would make a great Saturday Night Live Skit.

    March 26, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  23. TX

    This is incredible. The next thing we're going to hear from the Republicans is either going to be, "I know you are, but what am I!?" or, "My dad can beat your dad up!". Good god GOP, get a clue already!

    March 26, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  24. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Let me guess....TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY AND BIG BUSINESS. That is their answer for everything!

    March 26, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. Karen

    Where oh where are the commentaries on how light on details, and well, facts this is? The media is quick to jump on Obama for not having things down to the DNA of the drafters and the Republicans offer THIS? Where are you, oh CNN on what was presented???

    March 26, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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