Despite the failure of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction last month, Speaker John Boehner said he remains committed to trying to find a deal.
ďThe problemís still there. We have a $15 trillion national debt. Weíre going to add another $1.3 trillion worth of debt to it this year. This issue has to be addressed, and it has to be addressed now,Ē Boehner said.
ďThe Congress still must work with the president to find a solution to our long-term debt. ... Iím one of those who just never gives up, and Iím not going to give up here either,Ē he added.
Meanwhile, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told Congressional Quarterly on Wednesday that he would attempt to eliminate the automatic defense cuts in the budget blueprint he outlines next year. ďOur budget will show how we will replace the sequester with a real fiscal fix,Ē Ryan said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.