House Republican Leaders United on GOP Budget - Say Tax Hikes Off the Table

May 6, 2011

Washington, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), GOP Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released the following joint statement today regarding President Obama's request for an increase in the debt ceiling, and how Republicans are standing with the American people, who believe that such an increase would be irresponsible without spending cuts and reforms to address the real problem: out-of-control Washington spending:

"Yesterday, we began negotiations with the Democrats who run Washington regarding the Administration's request for a debt limit increase. House Republicans are united in our approach to achieve real and immediate spending cuts and reforms today.  These reforms and others are included in the Path to Prosperity, which passed the House with the strongest majority of any budget in more than a decade.  We want to help our economy grow and create jobs, which is why everything must be on the table except increasing taxes. This has been and remains the Republican position. We are committed to our budget and to making the reforms necessary to grow our economy and create jobs, preserve and strengthen Medicare, and put our nation on a path to pay down the debt."

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