Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Hard-hitting interview on NBS News' 'Meet the Press' has speaker expressing uncertainty

House Speaker John Boehner warned the American public that there will be no easy way to stop the budget cuts, known as the "sequester" that began taking effect last week. In a forthright interview on NBC News' "Meet the Press," Boehner voiced uncertainty over how Washington can solve the overall fiscal problems that have consumed the nation's politics for more than two years.

'Every American, in these tough economic times, has to find a way to balance their budget. They've got to make choices,' House Speaker John Boehner said. 'They expect Washington to live within its means and to make choices as well.'

"Every American, in these tough economic times, has to find a way to balance their budget. They've got to make choices," House Speaker John Boehner said. "They expect Washington to live within its means and to make choices as well."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/4/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: John Boehner, sequester, budget cuts, Meet the Press, NBC News


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I don't think anyone quite understands how it gets resolved," Boehner admitted in his interview with NBC's David Gregory.

Boehner made clear that he didn't want to "arbitrarily pull out a couple of tax expenditures" just to raise the revenue needed to avert $85 billion in spending cuts to be made in 2013.

President Obama with his colleagues has warned of disastrous consequences to government services and national security if the sequester happens as planned. Obama wants new tax increases, something Boehner and his fellow Republicans have insisted are off the table.

Intended to spur a bipartisan "grand bargain" on deficit reduction, entitlement reform and tax increases, the budget cuts are part of the 2011 Budget Control Act which Obama signed into law. Boehner had voted for the law and urged his members to do likewise.

Neither Boehner nor Obama want the spending cuts to continue. Yet they have been unable to reach an accord on an alternative measure.
Boehner has insisted that the president should abandon his effort to get more tax increases and instead focus on spending.

"Every American, in these tough economic times, has to find a way to balance their budget. They've got to make choices," Boehner said. "They expect Washington to live within its means and to make choices as well.

"It's time for the president and Senate Democrats to get serious about the long-term spending problem that we have."

If Obama has a credible alternative to cuts, Boehner asked, "Why wouldn't Senate Democrats go ahead and pass it?"

Obama has insisted that any plan to replace the sequester must include new tax increases. Among the suggested cuts, would be changing the tax treatment of corporate jets, and by ending tax preferences for oil and gas producers.

Boehner said Obama had already gotten his tax increase in the deal that he made with Republicans in December. "The president got $650 billion of higher taxes on the American people on January the first," Boehner said. "How much more does he want?

"American family's wages aren't growing," the House speaker said. "They're being squeezed. And as a result, we've got to find a way through our tax code to promote more economic growth in our country. We can do this by closing loopholes, bringing the (tax) rates down for all Americans, making the tax code fairer. It will promote more economic growth."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

Why does Obama want doctors overworked and underpaid? Watch

Image of An astounding 25% of all active physicians in America are refusing to participate in Obamacare.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An incredible number of doctors nationwide are refusing to participate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama's largest and most decisive act while in the White House. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - More than 214,000 doctors nationwide will not ... continue reading


Democrats are expected to hurt as Republicans sweep through Congress and local legislatures Watch

Image of Republicans are expected to cement their majority in the House of Representatives, while in the Senate they are expected to gain a majority.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The 2014 Midterm election may give Republicans a historic opportunity to take control of a record number of state legislatures across the country, made possible by America's increasing dissatisfaction with President Obama and Democrats-who have been eager to ... continue reading


THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC IS DEAD - The new way politicians take bribes and cut you out of politics Watch

Image of The American Republic has been destroyed after decades of apathy and corruption.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Political corruption in the United States has never been worse. Although members of Congress are not allowed to accept bribes or gifts, they have found a loophole in their own laws they exploit to cash in. Instead of being bought directly, members of Congress, as ... continue reading


Children in world's most affluent countries plunged into poverty after crisis Watch

Image of Budget cuts have had a negative impact on children, particularly in Mediterranean countries, such as Italy, Greece and Portugal.

By Karrie Kehoe, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The global economic crisis has plunged 2.6 million children into poverty in the world's most affluent countries, with children in Ireland, Latvia and Greece among the hardest hit, a new UNICEF report showed. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Increases in child ... continue reading


Black Democrats turn against Obama in powerful video. It's not the Republicans or the Tea Party -- it's predatory blacks Watch

Image of Blacks are tired of promises and corruption. The problem is black leadership.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Black Chicago activists have criticized Obama and other black leaders, saying that every black community across the country is being used by Democrats. "Folks are in an abusive black leadership relationship," one angry man said in the clip. "My life has been hurt by ... continue reading


Another six states now recognize same-sex marriage after Supreme Court ruling Watch

Image of The U.S. government has recognized same-sex

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The federal government has continued to increase its recognition of same-sex marriage, granting protected status and extending federal benefits to couples in six more states. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Attorney General Eric Holder announced the news on ... continue reading


Pew Research reveals Latinos growing as a group, but political power is low Watch

Image of A Pew Report shows that Latinos are weakly represented in the current midterm.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When viewed by the numbers, Latinos are becoming an important demographic in American politics. While Latinos have always been an important group in the American cultural tapestry, only recently have their collective numbers risen to make them a substantial political ... continue reading


Will the Bush legacy live on with Jeb? Or will painful memories haunt the family and the GOP? Watch

Image of While many may be wary of another Bush candidacy, it appears the whole Bush clan is behind a Jeb Bush 2016 bid.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The 2014 midterm is right around the corner, but already rumors are rumbling about the roster of potential 2016 presidential candidates. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - While many Republicans want, or have thought highly of, Mitt Romney running for a third time, ... continue reading


Comrade Hillary Clinton astounds - says businesses don't create jobs Watch

Image of Clinton's claim was delivered during a speech for Martha Coakley.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hillary Clinton has stunned listeners with the amazing proclamation that corporations and businesses don't create jobs. This leaves many Americans to wonder where their jobs came from instead. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - At a rally in Boston, Hillary Clinton ... continue reading


More people than ever before renouncing their United States citizenship Watch

Image of The growing number of renunciations by U.S. citizens and permanent residents is linked to a five-year enforcement campaign against U.S. taxpayers who have undeclared offshore accounts.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

With 776 names on the Treasury Department list published last week for the third quarter of 2014, more people than ever before have renounced their citizenship in the United States. There are substantial numbers of people to renounce their U.S. citizenship or end ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 6:10-20
10 Finally, grow strong in the Lord, with the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 144:1, 2, 9-10
1 [Of David] Blessed be Yahweh, my rock, who trains ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 13:31-35
31 Just at this time some Pharisees came up. 'Go ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 30th, 2014 Image

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez
October 30: Confessor and Jay brother, also called Alonso. He was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter