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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.