There’s been a lot of criticism from the right of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH-08). I’ve joined in some of that, but I admit that I’ve been mostly supportive.
In like fashion, I must thank the Speaker for the blog post from his staff today. (post quoted in its entirety)
In advance of today’s meeting at the White House, here again are the three things Speaker Boehner and Republicans have said all along are needed for President Obama’s debt limit increase to pass the House:
- 1) Spending Cuts That Exceed Any Debt Limit Increase;
- 2) No Tax Hikes Because Tax Hikes Will Destroy Jobs; and
- 3) Reforms That Restrain Future Government Spending (like Spending Caps and a Balanced Budget Amendment).
A survey by Resurgent Republic found Americans only support raising the debt limit “in exchange for substantial spending cuts and a commitment to reduce the deficit.” And according to US News & World Report, the American people are against tax hikes “in a big way.” Republicans are standing with the American people.
There are no surprises. As Speaker Boehner told Fox News, if President Obama wants to raise the debt limit, it’s time for him to put a plan on the table that meets these requirements and can pass Congress.