Boehner Calls on Obama to Commit to ‘Aggressive Spending Reduction’

Posted August 24, 2010 at 8:35am

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday called on President Barack Obama to fire Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and top economic adviser Larry Summers, extend the Bush-era tax cuts and commit to an “aggressive spending reduction program.”

“Now, this is no substitute for a referendum on the president’s job-killing agenda,” Boehner said during a speech at the City Club of Cleveland. “But we do not have the luxury of waiting months for the president to pick scapegoats for his failing ‘stimulus’ policies.”

During the wide-ranging address, Boehner outlined five areas where he thought Obama should make changes in order to revitalize the ailing economy and spur the private sector to hire again.

The Ohio Republican recommended that Obama pledge to veto any “job killing” legislation passed by Congress during a lame-duck session, including any cap-and-trade energy legislation or “card check” bills.

He also called on Obama to help Republicans repeal the ‘‘1099 mandate” that, Republican say, creates unnecessary tax paperwork and fees for small businesses.

“What is the point of making employers and entrepreneurs spend $17 billion to send all this paperwork to Washington, where it’s going to cost about $10 billion to log it in and file it away?” Boehner asked.

Boehner’s speech briefly touched on some of the money-saving solutions Republicans have introduced, such as a government hiring freeze, Congressional approval of any new Executive Branch rule that costs more than $100 million, and a proposal that would allow all small business with fewer than 500 employees to take a tax deduction equal to 20 percent of their income.

Boehner also called on Congress to pass long-stalled trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

Boehner hinted that some of these solutions could be included in the new House Republican agenda, which could be released next month.

“This agenda will reject Washington-knows-best policies and offer a fresh start focused on unshackling small businesses, unleashing the entrepreneurship of our people and helping families across this great nation realize the American dream,” Boehner said.