Republican: 'Irresponsible' of Boehner to 'Fuel the President's Spending Addiction'

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | February 12, 2014 | 10:02 AM EST

It was irresponsible for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to give Pres. Obama a "blank check" with the budget bill that passed the House on Tuesday, fellow Republican Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (R-Ga.) said, voicing his opposition.

Rep. Broun blasted Boehner's role in the Debt Limit Extension Act, which would suspend the debt ceiling until March 15, 2015:

"It is highly irresponsible to be giving the President a blank check to spend and borrow as he pleases - but unfortunately, that's exactly what Speaker Boehner's bill does.

"We cannot continue to fuel the President's spending addiction by increasing our nation's borrowing limit and leaving our children and grandchildren with bills they simply cannot afford to pay.

"Congress must focus on cutting spending and paying down our massive $17 trillion debt - not continue to destroy jobs and stifle our economy with more spending and taxes. It is time we fundamentally change government and return to the constitutionally limited government as our Founding Fathers intended - and that starts with stopping Washington's outrageous spending. Today, I voted no to raising the debt ceiling - but I'll be voting yes for the future of your children and grandchildren, for a strong free market, and for the liberty and prosperity of our nation."