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Boehner Says $33 Billion Not Enough in Budget Cuts

5:52 PM, Apr 4, 2011 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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House speaker John Boehner called the Democratic proposal to cut $33 billion from the federal budget unacceptable, according to the Hill. "Despite attempts by Democrats to lock in a number among themselves, I’ve made clear that their $33 billion is not enough and many of the cuts that the White House and Senate Democrats are talking about are full of smoke and mirrors," Boehner said.

Others in the House GOP leadership agreed:

In an apparently coordinated move, Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) all issued statements indicating that an agreement to fund the federal government beyond Friday’s deadline was not close at hand. All three were sent shortly after White House spokesman Jay Carney announced that President Obama had invited Boehner, Rogers and senior Democrats to a meeting Tuesday to discuss the spending negotiations.

Boehner has previously denied Democratic claims that the sides had agreed on a top-line figure of $33 billion in cuts, but Monday’s statement was his clearest signal yet that the cuts would have to be deeper to win GOP support. Vice President Joe Biden has suggested that the number could change depending on the inclusion of policy restrictions that Republicans have demanded but Democrats have opposed. Among them are measures to defund the healthcare reform law and Planned Parenthood as well as to stop implementation of environmental regulations.

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