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John Boehner Statement On Budget Deal Negotiations

John Boehner Statement

First Posted: 04/08/11 12:12 PM ET Updated: 06/08/11 06:12 AM ET

House Speaker John Boehner delivered a statement that lasted less than 60 seconds and took no questions on Friday morning ahead of a midnight deadline to prevent a government shutdown. Here is the full statement:

There's only one reason that we do not have an agreement as yet and that issue is spending. We're close to a resolution on the policy issues, but I think the American people deserve to know, when will the White House and when will Senate Democrats get serious about cutting spending? A bill that fails to include real spending cuts will hurt job growth and signal that Washington's not serious about dealing with its spending addiction. And I think the Senate should follow the House lead and pass the troop funding bill and do it today. And I also believe the president should sign the troop funding bill into law. This is the responsible thing to do to support our troops and to keep our federal government open.

Click here for the latest developments in the budget debate and efforts to avert a government shutdown.

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