Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a television interview to air Sunday that one of the first bills he would push as leader would be a 5 percent budget cut for leadership and rank-and-file offices and House committees.
“I’m going to cut my budget, my leadership budget 5 percent. I’m going to cut all the leadership budgets by 5 percent,” Boehner told “60 Minutes” in a short clip released by CBS. “I’m going to cut every committee’s budget by 5 percent,” added Boehner. “And every Member is going to see a 5 percent reduction in their allowance. All together that’s $25 [million] to $30 million and it likely would be one of the first votes we cast.”
The cuts should not come as much of a surprise to Members and committee chairmen — the reduction of Congressional spending is one of several planned cuts outlined in the GOP’s “Pledge to America” agenda — but it is the first time Boehner has provided any specifics.
The full “60 Minutes” interview with Boehner will air Sunday at 7 p.m.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.