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The House Does Its Job and Passes a Budget . . . Again!

Posted: March 21, 2013 at 11:35 am   /   by

House Republican budget passes, 221-207 (roll call vote here). The House passed the CR, 318-109.

Speaker Boehner’s Office:

The People’s House Passes a Balanced Budget


WASHINGTON, DC House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today called on the House of Representatives to pass a plan that improves the lives of American families by balancing the budget in 10 yearsFollowing is the full video and excerpts from Boehner’s floor speech:

“This budget does more than balance.  … It addresses the things that are important to American families.  

“Fixing the tax code & lowering rates means more jobs and higher wages for the American people.  Voting for this budget means supporting the Keystone pipeline & American-made energy, means more jobs and lower energy bills.  Repealing ObamaCare & supporting patient-centered reforms means more jobs and lower health care costs for the American people.  Protecting & strengthening Medicare means a secure retirement for older Americans.  Cutting waste means more fairness and accountability for hard-working taxpayers.  Doing all of this means preserving the American Dream, which is what we were sent here to do. 

“We’ve balanced the budget before.  In 1997, a Republican Congress working with a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, came together to put a plan that would in fact balance the budget, and we did.  And for four years, ran a budget surplus. 

“The president has an opportunity during this critical debate to come forward and to help make this part of his legacy, like it has become part of the Clinton legacy: working together on behalf of the American people to solve what we know is a crisis in our country.  We can’t continue to spend money that we don’t have.  And when you’ve spent more money than what you’ve brought in for 50 of the last 60 years…no American family can do this.  No American family can do this.  No American business can do this.  No government can do this without bringing on a debt crisis that is sure to imperil the future of our kids and our grandkids.

“Vote for the Ryan budget.”


Rep. Paul Gosar:

Rep. Paul Gosar Votes to Restore Growth and Opportunity
Supports ‘The Path to Prosperity’ and ‘Back to Basics’ Budget  

Washington, D.C. -Today, U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S (AZ-04) voted for “The Path to Prosperity,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Fiscal 2014 budget (H. Con. Res. 25). Yesterday, Rep. Gosar voted in favor of the Republican Study Committee’s (RSC) “Back to Basics” Fiscal Year 2014 alternative budget as well. After passage of “The Path to Prosperity,” Rep. Gosar issued the following statement:

“Though neither plan is perfect, ‘The Path to Prosperity’ and the RSC alternative budget are better for the American people than the tax and spend proposals offered by President Obama, Senate Democrats and the Progressive Caucus.”

Rep. Gosar continued, “Our country is addicted to spending and has a serious debt problem.  We need a plan to achieve a pro-growth and prosperous economy, reviving opportunity for those in search of the American dream. Both ‘The Path to Prosperity’ and the RSC alternative budget would revive that opportunity by cutting federal spending, focusing on the primary drivers of our debt and implementing pro-growth reforms.”

For more information on the House Republican’s FY2014 budget, please visit the House Budget Committee Website.  More details on the RSC’s budget can be found HERE.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
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The House Does Its Job and Passes a Budget . . . Again!