Bachmann slams weekend budget agreement
April 11th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
11 years ago

Bachmann slams weekend budget agreement

Washington (CNN) - Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann took to the stage in the key state of Iowa on Monday, telling the audience that the best strategy for blocking liberal policies is to defund the left.

The Republican congresswoman, who is eyeing running for the GOP presidential nomination, told a Pella, Iowa crowd, "What we need to do is expose these policies that we see on the left, expose them, and then number two, defund them."

Bachmann, who voted against the budget deal eventually agreed upon between President Obama and Senate Democrats late Friday night, said Republicans missed a pivotal chance last weekend to block "ObamaCare."

"People across the nation have told me since Friday how terribly disappointed they are in the final budget deal that we have because they expected so much more from us and so do I," Bachmann said. "And that's why we have to remember, we will never win if we don't fight."

Bachmann spoke as part of a presidential lecture series sponsored by the Family Leader, an Iowa organization whose two top issues are same-sex marriage and pro-life, two topics the she focused on in her speech.

The Minnesota Republican, who has advocated for complete defunding of Planned Parenthood, referred to the group as a $1 billion organization bent on becoming the "Lens Crafters of big abortion."

Bachmann highlighted the "power of the purse" held by the Republican-led U.S. House. "Barack Obama gets no money, zero money unless we give it to him. So he can be held hostage," she said.

Bachmann proposed abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which she said has "drifted from their focus on conversation, of clean air and clean water." Bachmann told reporters after her speech that the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce are other organization she would eliminate, according to the Des Moines Register.

Bachmann spent the beginning of her forty-minute speech describing her path to spiritual enlightenment as a sixteen-year old and took the opportunity to remind the audience of her Iowan roots, "Some of you may know that I am an Iowan," Bachmann said, telling the crowd an "Iowegian" is a "Norwegian Iowan."

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Anthony

    The Republican House holds "the power of the purse," so that "Barack Obama gets no money, zero money unless we give it to him. So he can be held hostage," said Bachmann.

    It is true that Obama cannot get any money unless the Republican House gives to him. We are on track for a 1.6 trillion dollar deficit this year. The deficit is not due to a budget passed by Democrats last year, since Democrats did not pass a budget last year. So does this mean that Republicans are responsible for the runaway spending this year? Since spending on Obama's health care plan for the most part will not start until 2014, and the stimulus bill is finished, what exactly are Republicans spending 1.6 trillion on? Also, Bachmann said that the president can be held hostage. Should she be arrested for threatening the president?

    April 11, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. Name king

    I recon backman will gain in the poll soon, because the
    Ore none sence she spews, the more the right loves her, she can cap this off by taking a page out of trump's format and through personal hatred Obama in the mix, that will raise her standings like a helium balloon. It didn't matter that bush tax cuts are ravishing our economy for the past 10 years as hundreds of billions are added to the deficit every year, 90 percent of the deficit compare to the so call cuts these ignorant people spew on a daily basis. There no way we can start climbing the mountain of debt reductions if we don't look at the revenue side, cutting every single program will not balance the budget, because without the demand money coming from the public sector, private sector will seize to exist, if your small business, big corporations will pack up and go over seas where there are plenty of demand, while we wither away back in America.

    April 11, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  3. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Budget critic??? After listening to this woman speak, she doesn't strike me as having the intelligence to balance her own checkbook.

    April 11, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  4. Bill

    Sure Bachmann, go ahead and eliminate the departments of Education and Environmental Protection. Who needs schools, clean air, and clean water, anyway?

    April 11, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. oregonian101

    Actually, what we need to do is decertify the GOP. I think I'll start a new PAC to do just that...hmmmmmmm....

    April 11, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. john

    The harder Bachmann slams the agreement, the harder Boehner will find it to keep his party together. But what of Boehner sacrifices the economy and the credit of the United States just to keep MIchele Bachmann on board? Is Boehner that crazy?

    April 11, 2011 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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