COLUMBUS, Ohio (CGE) – For those who tune in Sunday to watch CBS’ 60 Minutes, Ohio congressman John Boehner, the soon to be speaker of the U.S. House, will say he’s ready to make a first stab at deficit reduction by cutting his congressional budget by five percent.
Boehner banters on CBS 60 Minutes
In his interview with CBS reporter Lesley Stahl, the man from Reading, Ohio, a first suburb of Cincinnati, who has been both a rebel and a compromiser during his 18 years in Washington, say this about one of his first moves: “Well, how about we start with cutting Congress? I’m going to cut my budget, my leadership budget five percent. I’m going to cut all the leadership budgets by five percent. I’m going to cut every committee’s budget by five percent.”
Boehner, a fiscal and social conservative who often times chokes up when he speaks of his young years and all the “rotten jobs” he took to keep a roof over his family’s head and put him through Xavier University, said every member of his new team will see a five percent reduction in their allowance. All together, eh said, that’s $25-$30 million and it likely would be one of the first votes we cast.”
Although he voted for both Bush-era tax cuts that added trillions to the national deficit, Boehner will say of Republican’s new-found campaign to reduce the nation’s ballooning deficit, “We’ve got to start somewhere and we’re going to start there. But you’ll see us move a spending cut bill – every week – over the first three months.”
Mook to mock Boehner, GOP via DCCC
But while Boehner has yet to be sworn in as the new majority leader of his much expanded caucus in the House, Democrats are gearing up for a campaign to hold Boehner and others accountable.
Robby Mook, the new Executive Director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is promising a blistering accountability campaign he says will show the new crop of Republicans are the same as the old ones, who lost their leadership moxy as Democrats, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi, took control of the House in the 2006 election cycle and held it in 2008, when Barack Obama moved from Chicago to the White House.
Mook, through the DCCC’s new @Stake Web site, says the incoming House Republican Freshmen class is “already looking a lot like the same old GOP that voters fired in 2006.”
Mook points to the appointment of Representative Hal “Prince of Pork” Rogers to chair the House Appropriations Committee. Rogers pushed through 135 earmarks at a cost of $246 million in the past two years alone, Mock notes.
He says Representative Dave Camp, someone best known for protecting tax loopholes that reward big corporations for shipping American jobs overseas, will Chair the Ways and Means Committee.
Representative Spencer Bachus, chief Republican negotiator of the tea-party hated TARP bailout will lead the House Financial Services Committee.
“As the DCCC’s new Executive Director it is my pleasure to bring you our special edition of @Stake where we give incoming House Republicans something they’ll be getting a lot of over the next two years — a healthy dose of accountability.”
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