Video: Boehner says GOP will keep its $100 billion pledge

posted at 3:35 pm on January 6, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The Right Scoop captures what is likely to be the biggest takeaway from Speaker John Boehner’s first press grilling in his new position.  Over the last 24 hours, the media has jumped onto some walkback language on earlier GOP pledges to reduce spending by $100 billion in the first year.  That pledge came when Republicans assumed that Democrats would finish their FY 2011 budget, if not on time, then certainly before losing control of the House.  Instead, they handed the mess to Boehner.  Despite the additional problems in handling the FY2011 budget while preparing for a long battle over FY2012 spending, Boehner says that the GOP will roll back spending just as planned “in this calendar year.”

That sounds like a full pledge to honor the previous commitment. Of course, that depends on getting the Democratic-controlled Senate to agree to those cuts and having Barack Obama sign off on them. However, for the purposes of meeting their commitment, just passing those cuts in the House would be a powerful statement. And Boehner’s forceful reply shows that he understands that his credibility is at stake in this issue.


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They will do it, and when Dems in the Senate, and Obama refuse it…who will look worse?

capejasmine on January 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Piece of cake..

…Obama has already found 78 billion to cut..only need ‘nother 22 Billion.

Should be able to take half of that out of law enforcement grants to the states.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM

That sounds like a full pledge to honor the previous commitment. Of course, that depends on getting the Democratic-controlled Senate to agree to those cuts and having Barack Obama sign off on them. However, for the purposes of meeting their commitment, just passing those cuts in the House would be a powerful statement.

Let Reid and/or Obama block the cuts. Then it’s on them entirely. Boehner just needs to hold up his end of the bargain.

Doughboy on January 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM

NOTHING should be off the table. Grow a pair and do what needs to be done. We’ll all be hurting no matter what they come up with or don’t so they might as well rip that band aid hard on a count of 3.

1…
RIP!!!

WitchDoctor on January 6, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Calendar year, not fiscal year.

malclave on January 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

After all the reading this week about this administration, Chicago style politics, missing earmark money, ect, cutting 100 billion should not be that difficult. Hell, just Pelosi out of power has got to be good for at least half of it/

ORconservative on January 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

O/T: Two government buildings in Maryland rocked by explosion

VibrioCocci on January 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Keep it up Boehner, do what you promised and you will be taking the first steps into a new renaissance for the GOP

Cookies Mom on January 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

O/T: Two government buildings in Maryland rocked by explosion – injuries reported.

VibrioCocci on January 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Piece of cake..

…Obama has already found 78 billion to cut..only need ‘nother 22 Billion.

Should be able to take half of that out of law enforcement grants to the states.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Those cuts are over 5 years = `16 Billion/yr = Big Woop

trs on January 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

OMG sorry for double posting – first one did not appear.

VibrioCocci on January 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

100 Billion savings in one year? What a joke.

PatriotRider on January 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

VibrioCocci on January 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Now see? There’s another place to cut. End mail service to public offices. Save a bundle right there.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

So if much of it comes from Pentagon, so be it.

In fact, being willing to cut our own sacred cows is going to make it easier for the Dems to cut their sacred cows.

If we are truly serious we have to put everything on the table.

Go for it Boehner, lead by example, that is what leadership really means!

petunia on January 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Give me 3 minutes and the back of a napkin and I’ll cut 700 billion

PatriotRider on January 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Cut 100 billion and talk loudly about MackDaddy trying to cut place budget-reduction on the backs of our troops and ourcounty’s welfare.

This (as someone pointed out elsewhere) is the DEGA tactic: Dogfood Eating Grannies Acttack.

davidk on January 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Do they get their pay checks by mail? Cause that could really solve lots of problems. And stopping payments going out could help as well:)

petunia on January 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Just sing along:

The first (100 billion) cut is the deepest.

WisRich on January 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Yay. Now the deficit will only be $1.3 trillion or whatever.

El_Terrible on January 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

How about no more foreign aid to ANYBODY….period.

PatriotRider on January 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

petunia on January 6, 2011 at 3:49 PM

everything is electronic now…direct deposit.

you can even file income taxes electronically…fill out the forms online right from your desktop computer, send in your checking account number and the IRS deducts your taxes for you. What could be easier?

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

They will do it, and when Dems in the Senate, and Obama refuse it…who will look worse?

capejasmine on January 6, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Nah. They will go along with it.

$100 billion is chump change, and unless the GOP is really serious, the cut won’t effect any Congressional sacred cows.

davidk on January 6, 2011 at 3:55 PM

How about no more foreign aid to ANYBODY….period.

PatriotRider on January 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

.

I second that sentiment! We’re the great satan, huh? No Money for You! One Year!

search4truth on January 6, 2011 at 3:56 PM

It’s a start. Now do it and dare PBHO and the ‘rats to filibuster, veto, scream and whine.

Bishop on January 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Calendar year, not fiscal year.

malclave on January 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Yeah, I noticed that, too. If the GOP is using calendar year and are still talking about 2008 spending levels, they should exceed that by wide margins. If they are able to walk the 2012 spending back to 2008 levels come October, that should be $650B in spending cuts (per Wiki, $3.55T in 2010 vs $2.9T in 2008).

But they should still squeeze $100B or more out of FY 2011.

Dusty on January 6, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Start with funding that which is inarguably necessary, Constitutional, and productive. You can then spend all the time in the world debating what’s left.

cthulhu on January 6, 2011 at 4:00 PM

It will be a start.

OmahaConservative on January 6, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Big whup. It’s still not enough.

The two political parties are already dead, zombies without agendas other than borrowing and squandering $2 trillion a year to prop up their fiefdoms, maintain the monopoly cartels which fund them and distribute bread and theatrics to keep their respective audiences idle and distracted in between “get out the vote” campaigns to whip up the Coliseum spectators’ Monster Id.
[...]
As Karl Denninger and others have ceaselessly explained, a true situational awareness requires a much different set of responses: a Federal budget which is slashed by $1.5 trillion, not $15 billion, a mortgage/banking industry which is cleaned up and set on solid ground via bankruptcies and hundreds of indictments, a policy of sound money as opposed to manipulation to further the pathological needs of the Power Elites to retain every ounce of wealth and power, and so on.
[...]
Some citizens have the situational awareness that the two political parties are intellectually and ethically bankrupt; they have nothing left to offer the citizenry except more of the same old failed policies which have brought us to the edge of the cliff.

Rae on January 6, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Ancient Chinesse proverb:
A thousand mile journey begins with a first step.

Modern Wishrich proverb:

Watch out for any dumb B**tard trying to knock you off the road during that journey.

WisRich on January 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Start here, graduate to 100 billion every 6 months, then every quarter, then every week. Simple.

SouthernGent on January 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

O/T: Two government buildings in Maryland rocked by explosion

VibrioCocci on January 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Wonder if that explains why the Maryland MVA couldn’t be reached at its 800 number this afternoon.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on January 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Defund NPR, ACORN (or any of its new names), EPA, Dept of Education, and the Dept of Energy.

Mirimichi on January 6, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Boehner must spend close to thirty billion a year on skin products and tanning salon visits alone.

Grow Fins on January 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM

…Obama has already found 78 billion to cut..only need ‘nother 22 Billion.

Should be able to take half of that out of law enforcement grants to the states.

Skandia Recluse on January 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM

A typical Washington style cut: spending actually increases, and they have no idea of how to really cut back.

In response to questions, he emphasized that the $78 billion reduction over the next five years actually represents a “decline in the rate of growth,” since the Pentagon budget will grow “in absolute dollars” every year.

pedestrian on January 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Watch out for any dumb B**tard trying to knock you off the road during that journey.

WisRich on January 6, 2011 at 4:09 PM

..for there are many on that road lying in wait.

darwin-t on January 6, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Boehner must spend close to thirty billion a year on skin products and tanning salon visits alone.

Grow Fins on January 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Personal attacks, that’s so you.

darwin-t on January 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

How about no more foreign aid to ANYBODY….period.

PatriotRider on January 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

.

I second that sentiment! We’re the great satan, huh? No Money for You! One Year!

search4truth on January 6, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Word. You do not give money out to other people when you’re already broke yourself.

Dark-Star on January 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Oh my god no…

What about the CHILDREN!

12thMonkey on January 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Grandma better stock up. The Republicans are coming!

steebo77 on January 6, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Calendar year, not fiscal year.

malclave on January 6, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Which makes it easier. The lame-duck Congress voted a continuing-resolution through March, so that any spending reductions in FY 11 would only affect about 6 months’ worth of spending until September, then the FY 12 budget goes until September of 2012. If they cut out $100 billion total out of both budgets, it would only require a reduction of $67 billion per year.

Steve Z on January 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Boehner must spend close to thirty billion a year on skin products and tanning salon visits alone.

Grow Fins on January 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Couldn’t think of anything, huh?

WitchDoctor on January 6, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Grandma better stock up. The Republicans are coming!

steebo77 on January 6, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Okay people
Ease on through.
Rappin’ Ron Reagan’s got cheese for you.

SlimyBill on January 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

If the House proposes a bill that cuts 100 billion and the Senate or Obama fail to approve it, the next elections will be cake walks for Republicans.

Rode Werk on January 6, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Hell, just Pelosi out of power has got to be good for at least half of it/

ORconservative on January 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Plus, Obama flew AF One 172 times last year (about every other day) at a cost of at least $182k per flight, which doesn’t include the cost of transporting his aides, security, etc. Maybe he could stay home a few more days this year and save us a few million.

LASue on January 6, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I wonder of the Republicans are smart enough to force a government shutdown, and then use that to force debate on a one-by-one turnup of individual departments. Defense first. Then they can schedule debate on funding the EPA for sometime late next year. Ditto FCC, etc.

slickwillie2001 on January 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Make it an even trillion, and we’re off to a good start.

Pablo Snooze on January 6, 2011 at 6:40 PM

If they need help passing the spending cuts, they can ask Chris Christie to speak to the Dems and President…he has a way with words :)

Dr Evil on January 6, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Speaking of spending cuts, and the death grip the Democrats are holding onto Obamascare.

I was watching CNN around 2:00 to 3:00 PM., today, and the anchor came on and no lie, she said straight into the camera: The CBO said repealing Obamacare would cost a quarter of a trillion dollars…that’s a Trillion with a T…What?

Otherwise known as 250 Billion with a B LOL! She made no mention of the cost saving by repealing – what a 3 trillion dollar progressive entitlement program. That doesn’t lower health care cost or health insurance cost, has unforeseen consequences or maybe they were foreseen…the entire bill is nothing more than wealth redistribution. The progressives are really hoping they skrewed us so deep into that national debt hole, we won’t be able to dig ourselves out. They got CNN cheer leading for them….and whoever the other person besides me was watching today :)

It would be great to get a clip of that CNN anchor…The CBO says it will cost a quarter of a trillion to repeal Obamacare that’s a trillion with a T…and CNN wonders why it’s ratings sux, and no one believes their objective reporting claim.

Dr Evil on January 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Been their done that and got the T-shirt

When asked why I am leaving the USAF my response was why should I stay in? Sadly there was no answer, other then the bonuses if I decided to cross-train. I left the USAF as an E-4, with no college education and today earn a “modest salary” of $130 thousand.

Only in America…

F15Mech on January 6, 2011 at 9:10 PM