Boehner: Read My Lips, We're Going to Cut Spending

Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 11:39 AM

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner says read his lips: The freewheeling House debate over cutting federal spending won't derail actual reductions his Republican party promised on the campaign trail.

The new House Speaker is presiding over a budget debate in which any member can offer amendments to strip funding from various projects as Republicans promised during last fall's midterm elections. Hundreds of amendments have been filed on a bill to keep the government running past a March 4 deadline.

The Ohio Republican ended his weekly news conference Thursday by saying, quote, "Read my lips: we're going to cut spending." The comment harked back to former president George H.W. Bush's long-ago broken campaign promise to not raise taxes.

The plain-spoken Boehner quickly exited, saying off-stage, "I can't believe I just said that."

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