Boehner Holds Call With House Republicans: Declares Victory


House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, second from right, and fellow House Republicans leave a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 28, 2011. From left are, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Boehner, and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) held a conference call with House members tonight after the president delivered his remarks on the debt deal. Here is what Boehner told the House Republicans.
David Weigel at Slate reported:

The press has been filled with reports all day about an agreement. There’s no agreement until we’ve talked to you. There is a framework in place that would cut spending by a larger amount than we raise the debt limit, and cap future spending to limit the growth of government. It would do so without any job-killing tax hikes. And it would also guarantee the American people the vote they have been denied in both chambers on a balanced budget amendment, while creating, I think, some new incentives for past opponents of a BBA to support it.

My hope would be to file it and have it on the floor as soon as possible. I realize that’s not ideal, and I apologize for it. But after I go through it, you’ll realize it’s pretty much the framework we’ve been operating in.

Since Day One of this Congress, we’ve gone toe-to-toe with the Obama Administration and the Democrat-controlled Senate on behalf of our people we were sent here to represent.

Remember how this all started: the White House demanded a “clean” debt limit hike with no spending cuts and reforms attached. We stuck together, and frankly made them give up on that.

Then they shifted to demanding a “balanced” approach – equal parts spending cuts and tax hikes. With this framework, they’ve given up on that, too.

I’m gonna tell you, this has been a long battle – we’ve fought valiantly – and frankly we’ve done it by listening to the American people. And as a result, our framework is now on the table that will end this crisis in a manner that meets our principles of smaller government.

Now listen, this isn’t the greatest deal in the world. But it shows how much we’ve changed the terms of the debate in this town.

There is nothing in this framework that violates our principles. It’s all spending cuts. The White House bid to raise taxes has been shut down. And as I vowed back in May – when everyone thought I was crazy for saying it – every dollar of debt limit increase will be matched by more than a dollar of spending cuts. And in doing this, we’ve stopping a job-killing national default that none of us wanted.

Related… Via Instapundit: GOP wins when the fight is over cuts not more taxes.

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  • dochunter

    Don’t count your chicken before they hatch. Defense takes it in the shorts. Not good, pubs!

  • Mad Hatter

    I”m concerned about this “Super Committee” that is going to be appointed (by I don’t know who) to make further cuts come November.

  • jony101

    I don’t have no “fancypants” college education, but Boehner speech sounds like doubletalk to me. It sounds like obama got what he wanted, he wanted a debt increase and he got it. Obama should bow before the republicans and show him his deep appreciation for there capitulation.

  • Steve

    We have Speaker Boehner’s Power Point Presentation linked up at Common Cents…

    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

  • Rancid

    Yeah, what a deal….

    It goes something like this: America, bend over and grab your ankles!

    Way to go Speaker Bummer, great leadership skills.

  • Swifty

    We know how those perceived cuts went that were worked up during the lame duck session. They turned out to be mostly BS. I hope that is not the case now. But, I don’t trust this president on a word he says because he has a track record that leaves him with zero credibility. He finds lying too easy as an ideologue who firmly believes we are the enemy and the end justifies the means. He is a damn disgrace.

  • SeniorD

    All of which means the Professional Politicians have received their ‘vigorish’ while taxpaying Americans get the shaft yet again.

    BOHICA!

  • greywinter

    I don’t have the time to follow all this. I don’t even know if what I read/listen to is the Truth.
    I have a job to go to in the morning, to pay taxes.

    I’m tired, goodnight all.

  • JimmyT

    They REALLY think we’re stupid. They say nobody’s perfect, but, I would say Boner is a perfect a$$. Why do we keep hearing politicians, like West, say “It’s the best we can do”? Well, I say’ if that’s the best you can do, then you should get another job.

  • Skip

    I believe the GOP caved again. The so called “Super Committee” is a joke. There will be no agreements which favor the GOP coming from this committee.

  • L.E. Liesner

    Rumors are that the cuts are very deep on the military. So deep in fact that it could make it a third world force. But that’s Obama objective, a weak military leads to a weak nation, all adds up to no nation. It is said that another 40 to 50 House Republicans may side with the Tea Party caucus. Boehner is going to need all the Democrats he can get to pass this, and as crazy as Pelosi is this ain’t gunna work.

  • Captain Credit Crunch

    Well, they can dress this up in any amount of rhetoric they like, but the Republicans played chicken and lost. This is a complete capitulation, with Obama in real terms making no concessions at all.

  • StrangernFiction

    There is nothing in this framework that violates our principles.

    You can’t violate principles you don’t have.

  • jim

    Great job, Speaker Boehner. A true leader has emerged from this battle.

  • Captain Credit Crunch

    LOL, amazing hand played by Obama. He’s basically conned the Republicans into giving him pretty much everything he wanted, and to a dramatic slashing of the military.

  • greywinter

    This Obama Administration will go down in history as the most corrupt.

    Oh, wait, no it won’t …. the liberal schools will rewrite history!

  • Conservative Ken

    Hey Y’all! They’ve got to pass it so we can see whats in it! Yipee!

  • http://lagniappeslair.blogspot.com Murphy’s Law

    You conserves crying about this deal DO realize that we only have one house in Congress, right? You act like Boehner could send whatever we want to the Senate and make it pass there, plus force Obama to sign it. Get your heads back to reality, will you? We got about the best that we could get with all of that opposition in the Senate and the White House. You want better? Then quit carping and whining and help the rest of us re-take those bodies in 2012. If we control it all, THEN we can set some real terms and make real changes. But just having one-half of Congress? Not even. Boehner did what Boenher could do, and you need to quit turning on all your friends before you have no friends left.

  • MDd

    So what’s the over/under on how many days before either Moody’s or S&P downgrades?

  • MikeSilver

    MDd …. the secret is that neither S&P nor Moodys really intends to downgrade our debt. Too many of their employees are exposed to criminal charges for what they’ve done in the past (pay to play, bribes, etc.). They are owned not only by Obama’s buddy Buffett but also by the US Government