Boehner pledges $100B in cuts at CPAC

The Speaker’s declaration was met with rousing cheers from the conservative crowd. GOP leaders had initially outlined plans to cut $74 billion in the funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, while delivering more cuts in future legislation. But Tea Party-aligned Republicans balked, demanding the leadership act more quickly to fulfill its $100 billion pledge.

In a 12-minute speech, Boehner repeated his critique of President Obama’s agenda as a “job-crushing spending binge,” and he predicted the administration’s proposed budget would spend too much, tax too much and borrow too much. “With all due respect,” Boehner said, “this isn’t winning the future. This is spending the future.”

The Speaker pleaded for support from conservatives, saying that despite the new House GOP majority, “Washington is still a Democrat-run town.”

He also paid tribute to the Tea Party movement, comparing it to the Reagan Revolution and saying its activists were “calling us to our senses.”

“Take this walk with me,” Boehner urged the crowd. “We need to do this together.”

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