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Boehner: "Spending Is The Problem"

At his weekly press conference today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) underscored the need for serious spending cuts to avert the fiscal cliff, begin addressing our staggering debt, and support economic growth.

"Republicans want to solve this problem by getting the spending line down. The president wants to pretend spending isn't the problem. That's why we don't have an agreement," Boehner said. "Unfortunately, the White House is so unserious about cutting spending that it appears willing to slow-walk our economy right up to and over the fiscal cliff."

"I'm not concerned about my job as Speaker," he said. "What I'm concerned about is doing the right thing for our kids and grandkids. If we don’t fix this spending problem, their future is going to be rather bleak."

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