As The Examiner’s chief congressional correspondent Susan Ferrechio blogged last week, new House members “get” the Tea Party’s demand that they make significant cuts to President Obama’s budget.
This week, they'll have a chance to make good on all the tough talk of spending cuts. Speaking at CPAC, House Speaker John Boehner said that “The Tea Party movement called us to our senses,” and promised big cuts as he accepted the American Conservative Union’s John Ashbrook award.
“Based on the State of the Union address and his proposed budget, the President still isn’t listening. But we are. There is no limit to the amount…our team is willing to cut.
“Next week, we will cut more than $100 billion in discretionary spending, and we’re not going to stop,” Boehner said. “Then we’re going to get into mandatory spending and you’ll see more cuts.” He also promised that Congress will “end taxpayer funding of abortion.”
Noting that Republicans lost their congressional majority in 2006 due to their own profligate spending, the speaker added: “We’re not going to make the same mistake this time,” and ticked off a list of promises he says Republicans have already kept– including a ban on earmarks, posting bills online 72 hours before a vote, installing video cameras in the Rules Committee, and listening to the Tea Party “while others mocked” it.