Boehner blasts reported Obama budget as 'wrong direction'
April 5th, 2013
01:44 PM ET
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Boehner blasts reported Obama budget as 'wrong direction'

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Friday the budget President Barack Obama will soon unveil takes no steps towards finding common ground with Republicans, despite the president's offer to cut federal entitlement spending.

"If the president believes these modest entitlement savings are needed to help shore up these programs, there's no reason they should be held hostage for more tax hikes. That's no way to lead and move the country forward," Boehner said in a press release.

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The president's proposal as described to CNN and other news outlets by senior Obama administration officials includes changes to Social Security and Medicare, similar to an offer Obama made to Boehner during the fiscal cliff negotiations in December. That would include a cut of $400 billion to Medicare over a decade.

"The president and I were not able to reach an agreement late last year because his offers never lived up to his rhetoric," Boehner responded. "Despite talk about so-called balance, the president's last offer was significantly skewed in favor of higher taxes and included only modest entitlement savings. He said he could go no further toward the middle, and that's why his last offer was rejected."

The reported entitlement program changes have also received fire from left-leaning groups who argue the changes would hurt vulnerable individuals.

Obama's budget also includes tax increases, which Republicans say is a non-starter since taxes were increased on wealthy individuals as part of the final fiscal cliff deal.

"In the end, the president got his tax hikes on the wealthy with no corresponding spending cuts," Boehner wrote. "At some point we need to solve our spending problem, and what the president has offered would leave us with a budget that never balances. In reality, he's moved in the wrong direction, routinely taking off the table entitlement reforms he's previously told me he could support."

He suggested further that Obama's so-called charm offensive was to little avail on budget matters.

"When the president visited the Capitol last month, House Republicans stated a desire to find common ground and urged him not to make savings we agree upon conditional on another round of tax increases. If reports are accurate, the president has not heeded that call," Boehner said.

Republicans have roundly criticized Obama for missing the February deadline for submitting his budget proposal. The proposal could be released next week, White House officials have said.

The Republican-led House has previously passed a proposal drafted by Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin. It was a budget not warmly received by the Democratic Senate or the White House.

Filed under: Budget • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    I don't know about the rest of the country, but I'm sick of this man's constant whining. It's a never ending blah, blah, blah of finger pointing obstruction with only one goal - and simply put - THAT seems to be nothing more than to continue his constant whining.

    Catch you all later.

    April 5, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Woman In California

    Bottom line: republicans won't be satisified until at least one these three things happen:

    1) The president is impeached;
    2) A republican president is elected again; or
    3) All minorities are serving THEM and working for minimum wage.

    Nothing else will satisfy these bigots ever.

    April 5, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  3. Warren

    He needs to go........

    April 5, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. steve

    Yes we are going in the wrong direction. Time for the Republicans to pass legislation from the President that the House has been sitting on for years now.

    April 5, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |

    No surprise here......We need a seat change in the house, or nothing will get done period. Steny Hoyer for speaker in '14!!!!

    April 5, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Evergreen

    Mr. Bohener, please present your plan for SSI and Medicare. How about the government pay back the money "borrowed from SS over the years. People laughed when Mr. Gore campaigned on puttting SS in a "lockbox." Now we understand why.

    April 5, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Yawn. And now you know why Obama can safely make offers containing compromises that anger the progressives: the GOPers/Teatrolls aren't interested in anything but "my way or no way" and will reject anything the resembles compromise out of hand.

    How's that rope workin' out for ya, GOPers/Teatrolls?

    April 5, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. PaulCat

    Boehner has no idea that he sounds stupid.

    Exactly how many votes have he had in the house on job creation.

    Remember his favorite 3 words: jobs, jobs, jobs.

    April 5, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Donna

    "Funny watching all the liberals try to blame the GOP. EARTH TO LIBERALS – the affects of sequestration HAVENT BEEN FELT YET!! "
    1. You just made an implied admission that the GOP is at fault for the sequester.
    How can they be at fault when it was Obama's idea, the Democrat Senate passed it, and Democrat Ovbama signed it into law? It is the Obama Sequester, just like it was the Bush Tax Cuts, even after Obama signed a law to continue them and they should have been the Obama Tax Cuts.

    2. You don't get to claim the sequester hasn't been felt yet when you claim out of the other side of your mouth that just the mere whisper of a suggestion of tax increases gives the confidence fairies a big sad that ruins the economy.
    A "whisper of a suggestion of tax increases"??? We have had VERY REAL tax increases, including the TWENTY ONE new Obamacare tax increases. And thet 2% Payroll Tax holiday repeal is a DIRECT CAUSE of the slow down. Pulled MANY BILLIONS right out of the economy and was felt by all businesses, especially service and restaurants. And of course the nearly $4 a gallon for gasoline drains peoples pockets too.

    Democrats and leftists will never admit they have no clue about how our economy works. What we have seen for 4 years going on 5 years is the result of that cluelessness. Welcome to the Obama/Democrat economy America. I hope you like sitting around unemployed because that is all you will get.

    April 5, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. jboh

    The Speaker is a liar. That "orangeman" spray has pickled his brain as badly as oxycontin has pickled pill-popper/drug smuggler Limbaugh's.

    April 5, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Larry L

    Boehner claimed he "got 98% of what he wanted". He now wants the other 2% without giving anything. The Republicans in the House continue to be worse for America than any terror organization. They want America to fail.

    April 5, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. PJ

    Wow, talk about throwing up smoke screens. Where is your donation from your "unearned income"
    Boehner? Talk about hot air. He is full of it today.
    When haven't the Republicans "roundly criticized Obama"?
    Did y'all enjoy your two week vacation?

    April 5, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. WiredweirdinSF

    Nearly 90 million have dropped out of the work force and SSI disability has added another 10 million. Yet the dope addicts and welfare frauds will point proudly to their vote for the most incompetent, inept, corrupt, lying president this country has ever had and tell us "see after giving trillions to those same welfare frauds, dope addict and corrupt unions, this idiot president has bough down the unemployment rate."

    April 5, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. just sayin

    Another worrisome issue is the nearly half-million people who left the labor force last month. That continues a trend of recent years, said Patrick O'Keefe, director of economic research at CohnReznick, an accounting, tax, and advisory firm. The labor force participation rate, which measures how many people are employed or looking for jobs, fell to 63.3% - its lowest level since May 1979.

    it is now official with the latest jobs report.... obama and the democrats have brought the country back to the state it was in when jimmy carter was president in 1979. and in another 4 years, we'll be all the way back the the 1930's depression..

    wasn't obama's election slogan forward??? sure feels like backwards to me.

    April 5, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Bob

    most incompetent, inept, corrupt, lying president this country has ever had – BUSH

    April 5, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |

    YAWN. Where are the jobs?

    April 5, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. MrMynor

    Someone needs to clue Boehner in to the fact that a "compromise" requires that both parties to the agreement sacrifice some of what they want so that they can meet in the middle. Acting like the President isn't trying to work with republicans because he hasn't surrendered to their demands entirely isn't going to fool anyone with half a brain (i.e., it will likely play well with the republican base)

    April 5, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  18. Alan

    Wrong Direction + Dysfunctional Leadership in Congress = American Public loses until Nov 2014 and Nov 2016 when CNN can remind us who voted and who didn't vote for what bill. Then the American public could vote out their current representative and even if the party doesn't 'change' vote in the new person. Advice – 3rd Party candidates could not to worse than the Tea Baggers who have infected the Republican Party or worse than the Democratic Party who has been in certain offices so long, they and their office need to be fumigated!

    April 5, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Ferret out the BS

    The President is trying to present a compromise and now it's up to the republican leadership to counter offer. This sounds like the same old poop that led to the Fiscal Cliff where it gets into crisis mode. Overwhelmingly the voting public wants congress and the president to come to a solution together but the republican leadership is just not interested. Time for them to go and the sooner the better.

    April 5, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. rs

    Let us know Mr. Boehner, when you find the "right direction". Based on the condition of your party, I'd say you're lucky to survive the next election, never mind sorting out the problems you and your ilk made for America.

    April 5, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Donna, look in the freakin mirror. Please. Your embarrassing yourself. Here's why: Almost every credible economist has said that austerity measures kill recoveries. We saw it back in the Great Depression under Hoover and we may see it again here. Case in point, my place of residence. Before Scott Walker became governor of Wisconsin, we were ranked sixth in the nation in job growth. Now, we're forty-sixth after all those budget cuts, tax cuts on the rich, and banning collective bargaining for public workers (which is no longer the case since it was struck down by the courts thank God). I know this may be hard for you to understand after brainwashing yourself with Fox opinion et all, but trust me, you can do it.

    April 5, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Jerubbaal

    Donna and just sayin

    Your posts are absurd. The Great Depression and the Great Recession occurred under republican admins. It took democratic admins to right the sinking ship. Your selective memory is astounding, how can you forget the stock market crash of 2008, the loss of 800,000 jobs/month, 2 unfunded wars, and an unfunded medicare part D. You do not have a leg to stand on. If tan man would put to a vote the Prez infrastructure bill unemployment would significantly drop while the economy would improve and the debt would fall. Macroeconomics 101, my spending is anothers income, thus increasing demand which increases hiring which increases govt tax receipts.

    April 5, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  23. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Why can't Orange Boehner and the rest of the GOP just come out and say it... "We want to make this president look as terrible as possible, so the American people will not vote another "darky" into OUR White House ever again".

    April 5, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "The Great Depression and the Great Recession occurred under republican admins."

    In fact, the last 5 recessions started under GOP administrations.

    April 5, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Sniffit


    1. Your talking oints aren't working. Polls show the majority of people blame the GOP/Teatrolls for the sequestration cuts because it was their obstruction and dogmatic adherence to ideological lines in the sand that triggered it. They know Obama suggested it as a method of getting everyone to do what was necessary, but they also know that the reason is was triggered is because the GOP negotiated in bad faith in hopes that they could get Obama blamed for the pain the sequester would cause.

    2. The payroll tax cut expired because it was alwasy meant to be temporary...just like the Bush tax cuts. People, particularly 1099 independent contractors, shell out a lot of money for taxes in March and April. Watch what happens when the tax return checks start coming back. You'll suddenly be yammering desperately about "the jobs and economic numbers are only a result of people spending their tax's just a temporary boost!!!!"

    April 5, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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