The Republican Congressional leaders may have anticipated President Barack Obama’s remarks today, especially the ones about the GOP needing to propose “a serious plan.” After all, before the President spoke today, the House Speaker and Majority Leader delivered remarks of their own.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said: “Time and time again Republicans have offered serious proposals to cut spending and address these issues, and I think it’s time for the Democrats to get serious as well. We asked the President to lead. We asked him to put forward a plan — not a speech, a real plan — and he hasn’t. We will.”
Boehner also reiterated the GOP’s refusal to consider tax hikes. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who many in the media believe is gunning for Boehner’s job, talked about introducing the Cut, Cap and Balance Bill, and passing the budget already approved by the House. Cantor said that the House-approved budget makes $6.2 trillion in cuts.
“As the Speaker indicated, the House put forward its budget and the House passed its budget,” Cantor said. “In the current discussions at the White House, the President and the Democrats are offering perhaps $1.5 trillion, the number keeps moving, but, perhaps. That’s a big difference. The talk, or some of the reports, have indicated that somehow, Republicans haven’t given. That is not true. We are at $6.2 trillion, and they are at $1.5 trillion, at best. That’s just the way it is.”