PolitiFact: John Boehner’s pants are on fire
Yesterday, we told you HERE about House Speaker John Boehner peddling falsehoods on TV this past weekend.
The folks at PolitiFact also noticed Boehner’s prevarications, as we see HERE:
House Speaker John Boehner appeared on Meet the Press on March 3, 2013, and told host David Gregory he and his fellow Republicans have done all they can to break the stalemate over deficit reduction. It’s now up to President Barack Obama and the Democrats, Boehner said.
“We’ve known about this for 16 months. And yet even today, there’s no plan from Senate Democrats or the White House to replace the sequester,” he said. “And over the last 10 months, House Republicans have acted twice to replace the sequester.”
No plan? That didn’t sound quite right.
It didn’t take us long to find the White House plan. We found it on the WhiteHouse home page by clicking the prominent button that says “SEE THE PLAN.” It leads to a page titled “A Balanced Plan to Avert the Sequester and Reduce the Deficit.”
On Feb. 26, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski introduced the American Family Economic Protection Act of 2013, which would cancel the $85.3 billion sequester and replace it over several years with a mix of spending cuts and tax increases…
On Feb. 28, the Senate voted on a motion to cut off debate, which would have brought the bill up for a full vote, but the motion failed 51-49 on a largely partisan vote (60 votes were needed to end debate).
Boehner said that the White House and Democrats in the Senate have no plan to replace the sequester.
He’s wrong on both counts. Obama has a proposal for replacing sequestration cuts with a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. And Senate Democrats have filed a sequester-replacement bill taking a similar approach.
Pants on Fire!