Boehner Calls Obama Debt Commission Partisan Exercise

Posted February 5, 2010 at 12:51pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday called on President Barack Obama to scrap his administration’s plan for a federal debt commission and said the proposal amounted to a “partisan Washington exercise.”

“Bipartisan ends require bipartisan means, and the proposed fiscal commission fails to meet this common-sense standard,” Boehner said in a statement.

House Republicans said last week that the president’s debt commission proposal would do nothing to address spending nor would it help decrease the debt.

“With discretionary spending off the table, tax increases would represent a very large portion of the policy options for decreasing deficits,” Boehner said in his release. “By seeking to take the ‘comprehensive’ route on every issue except spending, the Obama Administration only reveals its unwillingness to end Washington Democrats’ spending binge.”

The Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to create a debt commission last month, 53-46. The proposal required 60 votes for passage.

Obama is expected to issue an executive order creating his bipartisan debt reduction panel “shortly,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday.