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Issue Position: Cutting Government Spending

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These are difficult times for Ohio families -- rising prices, high unemployment, and a government that is more focused on spending, taxing, and borrowing than on policies that create new jobs.

That's why John Boehner is fighting to cut government spending and reduce the size of government. The "Pledge to America" supported by Boehner calls for cutting non-security discretionary spending back to 2008 levels -- pre-"stimulus, pre-bailouts -- to save $100 billion in the first year alone, and imposing strict caps on discretionary spending to save hundreds of billions of dollars.

But that's not all. Boehner is committed to holding weekly votes on spending cuts, ending the bailouts, ending taxpayer support for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and imposing a freeze on federal hiring.

John also wants to fix our biggest entitlement programs; the "Pledge to America" says Republicans "will make the decisions that are necessary to protect our entitlement programs for today's seniors and future generations. That means requiring a full accounting of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, setting benchmarks for these programs and reviewing them regularly, and preventing the expansion of unfunded liabilities."


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