From presser earlier:
REP. JOHN BOEHNER: On Tuesday the president called on Congress to make fiscal responsibility a priority, and Republicans agree. That’s why it’s ironic that on the very next day House Democrats would pass a $410 billion appropriation bill, 8 percent above last year’s levels, and including some 9,000 earmarks.
I think we just ought to admit it. We’re broke, and we can’t continue to pile debt on the backs of our kids and grandkids.
The president campaigned against wasteful spending, and he ought to veto this bill.
As you know the president sent his budget to Congress today. Middle-class families are making sacrifices and cutting their expenses. It’s time for Washington to do the same. We need to do that by stopping out-of-control federal spending.
The American people know that we can’t tax and spend our way to prosperity, and it’s just the formula that appears the president’s budget is relying on. The era — the era of big government is back, and Democrats are asking you to pay for it.
The administration’s plan — I think it’s a job killer, plain and simple. And it raises taxes on all Americans while we’re in the middle of a recession.
If you look at small businesses, family farms, middle-class families, retirees, charities, everyone with a 401(k) and anyone who flips on a light switch is going to pay higher taxes under this plan. The government tried to raise taxes once before in a recession. It was in 1932. And all that did was make our recession a whole lot worse.
Everyone agrees that all Americans ought to have access to affordable health insurance. But increasing taxes in the middle of an economic recession, especially on small businesses, is not the way to accomplish that goal.
And so we’ve got real concerns about his plan on cap-and-trade. Let’s just be honest and call it a carbon tax that will increase taxes on all Americans who drive a car, who have a job, who turn on a light switch, pure and simple. And if you look at this whole budget plan, they use this carbon tax as a way to fund all of their big government ideas.