House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) took to the Speaker’s Balcony shortly before 11 a.m. Friday to deliver remarks on the ongoing budget talks between congressional leaders and the White House, with 13 hours remaining until the measure currently funding the government is set to expire.
Boehner spoke for a total of 52 seconds and took no questions. Below are his full remarks:
“Morning, everyone. There’s only one reason that we do not have an agreement as yet, and that issue is spending. We’re close to a resolution on the policy issues. But I think the American people deserve to know when will the White House and when will Senate Democrats get serious about cutting spending.”
“A bill that fails to include real spending cuts will hurt job growth and signal that Washington’s not serious about dealing with its spending addiction. And I think the Senate should follow the House lead and pass the troop funding bill and do it today. I also believe the president should sign the troop funding bill into law.”
“This is the responsible thing to do to support our troops and to keep our federal government open. Thank you.”