ABC News’ John R. Parkinson ( @JRPabcDC ) reports:
Speaker John Boehner went to the House floor Friday afternoon to blow off some steam over the Senate’s refusal to take up the Republican’s Cut Cap and Balance plan, announcing that the Republican House majority has fulfilled its duty to raise the debt ceiling while “Democrats who run Washington have done nothing.”
“The Senate majority leader [Harry Reid] says that they won’t offer a plan to cut spending or a plan to raise the debt limit. Frankly that’s irresponsible,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said. “Where’s their plan? President Obama talks about being the adult in the room. Where’s his plan to cut spending and to raise the debt limit? Listen, we’re in the fourth quarter here. We’re fighting for jobs, we’re fighting for the country’s future and we’re fighting for the American people.”
Boehner once again reiterated that the House already acted to increase the debt limit earlier this week through the Cut, Cap and Balance plan, which Senate Democrats successfully voted to kill earlier Friday in a party-line vote.
With less than 11 days left until the federal government is expected to default on its debt obligations, Boehner placed the onus on President Obama and Senate Democrats to make the next move.
“We’ve done our job,” Boehner said. “The Democrats who run Washington have done nothing. They can’t stop spending the American people’s money. They won’t and they have refused.”
Boehner said that “there’s a huge gulf between Washington, DC and the American people,” and suggested that some lawmakers in the nation’s capital are out of touch with the financial struggles of every day Americans.
“They’re dealing with tough times. They’re struggling to pay their bills, and they look to Washington and they see politicians who can’t stop spending money -- their money!” Boehner exclaimed. “We’re broke and we need to stop the out of control spending spree that’s going on in Washington, DC.”