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.”
Keeping trying Mr. Boehner, keep trying…