CBO deals Boehner devastating blow

Speaker of the House John Boehner was dealt a potentially devastating blow Tuesday when a Congressional Budget Office scoring of his debt limit proposal showed the plan would save significantly less than the $1.2 trillion promised.

According to the CBO, the plan would only cut $840 billion. (RELATED: GOP divided over Boehner’s plan)

When the dismal score was made public, Michael Steel, a spokesperson for Boehner, said staff members were busy rewriting the legislation.

“We’re here to change Washington — no more smoke and mirrors, no more ‘phantom cuts,'” said Steel. “We promised that we will cut spending more than we increase the debt limit — with no tax hikes — and we will keep that promise. As we speak, congressional staff are looking at options to rewrite the legislation to meet our pledge.”

“This is what can happen when you have an actual plan and submit it for independent review — which the Democrats who run Washington have refused to do,” he added.

The CBO analysis will make it that much harder for the GOP leadership to convince caucus members to vote for the plan. Several members of Congress publicly opposed the plan Tuesday, saying it was too heavy on compromise and too weak on real, fundamental change.

  • http://Info@CCIFST.com HiTekRescu3

    He is still playing with smokey mirrors! He thinks that the American Public are so ill informed that we can not rationally figure out that 2 + 2 = 4 or when it doesn’t. The facts are out there and in today’s society of the internet it is just a matter of perseverance.

  • 2011cris

    This week, the CBO will experience mass reassignment of personnel to BFEs around the country and the world, if not just blatantly released in a budget package deal. We are fast becoming a Mexico mirror image where the only real political question is “Plata o oro?”

  • mkurbo


    PLEASE !!! – someone pull Speaker Boehner aside and tell him we want REAL CUTS now, not later. If he writes a blank (debt ceiling raise) check to Obama w/o immediate spending cuts (not promises), he will be voted out of office with every other Rep. that votes for that deal.

    Enough is enough – no more spending without dramatic cuts !!! It’s not rocket science, cut the damn Fed. Gov. spending…

  • 8second.ride

    It sure is easy to sit on the sidelines and criticize, isn’t it? Boehner, no matter what he does, has half of his own party, all of the democrats, the Oval Office, the media and the Tea Party against him. It’s easy for some to let the country default because, even after the fallout, they will just sit on the sidelines and criticize. Exactly what do you think Boehner can do? Nothing’s been proposed that will please the Tea Party — and it wouldn’t pass if it did. Nothing against the Tea Party will pass. Nothing against the Senate is going to pass. Do you really think we can just sit in stalemate? A man with his back to the wall and no supporters behind him is pretty helpless.

    And …. Don’t give me this bs about “he should have accepted..blah blah blah” because no plan was going to get past the dems in the Senate.

    The only answer is to do what he can now and do what WE can to take the senate or the presidency so we have some kind of negotiating power.

  • teapartypatriot

    “House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the debt limit will reduce deficits by just $1 billion in 2012 and $851 billion over the next decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The news that the deficit savings are backloaded to occur in years that the current Congress has no control over is likely to increase doubts among House conservatives who were already skeptical about the plan”

    Regrettably, one of the very few people in washington that I thought WASN’T just blowing smoke up America’s A** on the debt issue is found to be blowing as hard as all the others.

    This reinforces the fact that the ONLY way to get control of the federal government is via Cut, Cap and Balance – with the Balanced Budget Amendment fully enacted and in force.

  • Mr.ManZ

    stupidity such as this blunder is one of the reasons Speaker of the House John Boehner should step down from his position. Boehner has proven time after time, bill after bill that he is an extremely weak leader who when the going gets tough he get to caving or just handing the keys over to the democratic party. Now with this total blunder he has given low life rinos like Murkoski, Snowe, Corker and that god awlful John Kerry boot licker Scott Brown the reason they need to cut and run with the democrats. This type of leadership is utterly outragous.