Since President Obama announced his intention to enact a "spending freeze" on non-security domestic discretionary spending in the federal budget, progressives have been calling on him to include the massive budgets of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. As CAP Senior Fellow Lawrence J. Korb has noted, these agencies "are responsible for a large and increasing share of the discretionary portion of the federal budget," so by excluding them, "the president's spending freeze will have a marginal effect."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has echoed this call. Korb has suggested that the White House has been reluctant to exclude these accounts out of "fear of appearing weak on defense." However, yesterday on NBC's Meet the Press, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) -- who would likely be leading such attacks against Democrats -- said that he agreed with progressives: