Soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner praises a $35 million cut in spending in his first press release of the new year. Sure, it's a drop in the bucket as far as federal spending goes, but it's a good start. Here's the release:
Boehner Hails Initiative to Cut the Cost of Congress & Save Taxpayers $35 Million
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) today welcomed transition chairman Greg Walden’s (R-OR) announcement that a resolution the House will consider Thursday to cut the cost of Congress would immediately save taxpayers $35 million. The resolution, the text of which has been posted online, would cut the operating budgets of House committees, leadership offices, and individual lawmakers’ offices by five percent. Boehner issued the following statement:
“In the Pledge to America, Republicans made a clear commitment to cut Congress’s budget, and in our first full day on the job, we will do just that. To reverse Washington’s job-killing spending binge, sacrifices will be required throughout the federal government, and we are starting with ourselves. After taking this step, we will turn our attention to the rest of the federal budget, and the policies that are making it harder for small businesses to get people working again, including the job-killing health care law.
“More fundamentally, cutting the cost of Congress is part of bringing to the people’s House the humility and modesty our constituents are expecting from us. Delivering additional savings for taxpayers will, of course, require sustained vigilance on the part of all lawmakers and House officers. By recommending cuts that will immediately save taxpayers $35 million, Greg Walden and the members of the transition team have gotten us off on the right foot.”