YouCut is a program that we unveiled today. It was really produced by the Economic Recovery Working Group in the House, a group of Republicans who really intend on trying to change the culture in Washington. Not only have we’ve seen just rampant pork barrel spending, but the whole process itself is bent towards spending money. This program give people the ability across the country to make their voices heard, to vote on what they think should be cut from the federal budget.
YouCut is the latest salvo in an effort by Republicans to engage the American people and press President Obama to work with the GOP to start cutting unnecessary Washington spending now, as economists say needs to happen in order to help our economy create jobs.
Four months ago, Congressman Boehner and Cantor sent President Obama a letter in which they urged President to work with Republicans to cut spending now to encourage job growth and reduce the deficit as 222 economists have urged. Unfortunately, the President never responded. So Boehner and Cantor sent the President another letter, repeating their plea for the President to use his rescission authority to propose spending cuts.
But instead of cutting spending, out-of-touch Washington Democrats aren’t even going to pass a budget – an action described as “cowardice” by Roll Call recently. According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the House has never failed to pass a budget in the modern era. By ditching the budget process, Democrats wouldn’t just mark a departure from past precedents, they’d be running directly into a buzzsaw of their own rhetoric.
In 2002, then Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) chided Congress for failing to pass a budget on the grounds that it “hurts America’s children.” In 2006, then Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that, “Republicans are now on the cusp of failing to meet the most basic responsibility of governing.” And in September 2006, Rep. John Spratt (D-SC), now the chairman of the Budget Committee, declared that “If you can’t budget, you can’t govern.”
As Boehner said during his weekly press briefing today:
When it comes to the budget, the American people are deeply concerned about Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending spree. And quite frankly, it’s just scaring the hell out of them. Last month, the government posted its largest April budget deficit on record, $82.7 billion. And the national debt’s going to hit $13 trillion any day now. And unless we change course, our debt is on track to reach levels we’re seeing in Greece, which is already receiving an international bailout.
America is broke. The spending binge in Washington is mortgaging the future of our kids and grandkids and costing jobs right now – and it’s time we restore some sanity to Washington.
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