Obama, Boehner agree: Debt crisis not immediate
WASHINGTON — The country does not face an immediate debt crisis, House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday, but he argued that Congress and President Obama must reform entitlements to avert one.
“We all know that we have one looming,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said on ABC's “This Week.” “And we have one looming because we have entitlement programs that are not sustainable in their current form. They're going to go bankrupt.” Boehner agreed with Obama's statement in an interview last week that the debt doesn't present “an immediate crisis.”
But Boehner took issue with Obama's assertion that it doesn't make sense to “chase a balanced budget just for the sake of balance.”
A budget proposal from House Republicans would balance the budget in 10 years.
“Balancing the budget will, in fact, help our economy,” Boehner said. “It'll help create jobs in our country, get our economy going again and put more people back to work. The fact that the government continues to spend more than $1 trillion every year that it doesn't have scares investors, scares businesspeople, makes them less willing to hire people,” he said.
The House would “review” any gun control measure that came out of the Senate, Boehner added. He restated his opposition to gay marriage and said that, unlike his fellow Ohio Republican, Sen. Rob Portman, he can't imagine a situation in which he would change his mind. Portman said last week that his views had changed since he found out his son is gay.
“I believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. It's what I grew up with. It's what I believe. It's what my church teaches me. And I can't imagine that position would ever change,” added Boehner, who is Roman Catholic.
Boehner said he has a good relationship with Obama and trusts him, and that a lack of good relations is not the problem getting in the way of a sweeping deficit-reduction plan.
Sen. Bob Corker took a more flexible position on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I think Republicans, if they saw true entitlement reform, would be glad to look at tax reform that generates additional revenue,” the Tennessee Republican said.
As the White House continues to push for a broader deal that would help economic recovery, lawmakers plan to move forward this week on competing fiscal 2014 budget blueprints.
“We've got to, of course, pass this budget resolution in the Senate,” Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, said on “Fox News Sunday.” “And then we're going to move to the next stage, and that is the grand bargain stage.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Obama defers deportations for 4 million illegals
- Former Va. Sen. Webb launches presidential exploratory committee
- Ex-coal exec pleads not guilty in W.Va. mine blast
- NSA: China thefts could lead to attack