November 18th, 2010
05:26 PM ET
12 years ago

Top House Republican stays firm ahead of impending budget showdown

Washington (CNN) - Two months before Republicans will take over the House, the party's top man in the chamber signaled Thursday he had no intention of compromising his small-budget priorities in the coming weeks - even with the prospect of a federal government shutdown on the horizon.

"It's a shame that the Democratic majority didn't pass a budget, didn't pass any appropriation bills, and we're left with nothing but bad choices," said Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, unanimously chosen this week as Republican House leader for the incoming Congress - putting him in line to become the next speaker.

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  1. Marcus

    Yep, here we go, back to those days in the 90's when parks and monuments had to beclosed down since there was no money to keep them open... And Gingrich said the same stuff about fiscal conservatism back then...

    November 18, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    "We are going to be a results-driven Congress," said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the present House minority whip who was elected to be the next House majority leader,

    Yep, and the first thing they are going to do is shut down the government. Resulting in ... well ... a results driven nothingness failure of incompetents on their last ego trip. Not an intelligent thought between them, with no where to go, except backwards into greedy oblivion. Here's looking at you, GOPers.

    November 18, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. King

    What boner talking about what are you scared to govern. The American people chose you guys to govern and stop your scandalous ways now the buck is in your corner let give the people what they historically elected you to do. You've been hiding and criticizing for the past two years as the dems slaves away fixing things that you broke. Now the people have given you what you've been bitching for so man up repugs.

    November 18, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Michael Tee

    We can’t let Tea Party candidates in Congress and many Republicans in Congress get away with denouncing Healthcare Reform and then accepting its benefits as well as health insurance from the federal government. Their devotion to small government should begin with their own wallets and medicine cabinets.

    I am writing to you because I think Tea Party candidates elected to Congress and many Republicans in Congress need to take a pledge that they will refuse any benefit from so-called Obamacare and federal health insurance.

    They should pledge to:

    1) Refuse federal health insurance for themselves and their families. If they accept it, they should pay the full monthly premium, that is, both their share and the share the government pays for them.

    2) They should refuse the benefits of recent reform, namely:
    · They should refuse coverage for themselves and their families for any pre-existing conditions. This went into effect in July.
    · They should refuse coverage for any adult children up to age 26. This went into effect in September.
    · They should refuse free benefits of preventative care, such as mammograms without co-pays, which went into effect in September. They should pay those co-pays.
    · They should accept lifetime limits on coverage, which means they are willing to accept bankruptcy if they contract a major illness.
    · They should let health insurance companies deny their children coverage if the children have pre-existing conditions. This went into effect in September.
    · If senior citizens, they should refuse prescription discounts that become effective in January 2011.
    · If senior citizens, they should refuse free preventative care that becomes effective in January 2011.

    3) If they truly believe in small government, they should prevent the federal government from enacting health care reform benefits just in their districts, such as blocking small businesses from receiving assistance in paying premiums; blocking assistance to elderly people in their districts who hit their Medicare prescription drug coverage (the “donut hole”); and blocking coverage for early retirees in their district.

    When is someone going to call these people out? Please use your professional powers and responsibilities by asking Tea Party candidates and many Republicans in Congress to take this pledge. They want small government—let’s give it to them.

    November 18, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. Ben in Texas

    "It's a shame that the Democratic majority didn't pass a budget, didn't pass any appropriation bills, and we're left with nothing but bad choices,"

    Uh, you were there, Orange Man. You and your a-hole buddies stood around with your arms crossed, or played golf, or snoozed or just generally got in the way and obstructed. You could have done something then that would have averted "nothing but bad choices". However, you love your Party of No too much, and your country too little.

    November 18, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Peter s

    The Republicans campaigned on the economy! you own it!! before I send you under the bus in 2012!!

    November 18, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. moderate voter

    Perhaps we need to cut how many people we have in congress. It just seems half of them are just wasting time and money. While we are at it we should also fire those who filibuster. Thee is no point to waste time reading unrelated materials. I know I would get fired if I did that.

    November 18, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. ChumBucket

    If you remember correctly Marcus, which I'm sure you don't.. Gingrich was right, and the dems moved more to the center instead of the far left fringe, like they are now.

    November 18, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. 8 Years of "Trickle Down" economics has only left a dribbling wet spot on working Americans's shoes!

    Let the gridlock and America's meltdown begin!

    You got what you voted for, government too, big, then shut it down!

    November 18, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  10. Charles

    The Democrats are not on the far left fringe, the Republicans are saying that they are. There is a difference. There is also a difference between a balance budget, and a plan to pay down the national debt. Even a mathematical idiot can realize that you can't pay down the debt without a surplus. And to get there more difficult choices will have to be made, and our representatives will have to compromise. I am sceptical to think that this crop of Republicans has enough intelligence to realize this. I think that they are more interested in lynching the President.

    November 18, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Get Real

    Pick on Gingrich all you want but fact is fact. When he was Speaker of the House, he and Clinton butted heads but also worked together and created a Fiscally Sound and Strong Economy in the late 1990's, I know Clinton "ALWAYS" gets the credit for the economy but the Congress controlled the spending

    November 18, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. GET TO WORK!!

    @ Michael Tee: Well said, Michael. Well said. But allow me to add...if they insist on reducing spending, they should set the example. They should pledge not to give themselves any raises. In fact, they should take a pay cut. A very deep pay cut.

    November 18, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |