WASHINGTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Speaker of the House John Boehner said Sunday Republicans are serious about cutting spending by $100 billion.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Boehner, of Ohio, said, "There's no limit to the amount of money that our members want to cut."
"We're broke," he said. "What's really dangerous is if we continue to do nothing and allow the status quo to stay in place. When are we going to get serious about cutting spending? And our members want to take this leap forward, because it has to happen and it needs to start now."
He said President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze domestic discretionary spending at current levels was not enough. "After all of the money that's been spent over the last two years, locking in that level of spending is way too much."
If Congress begins to restrain "out-of-control spending," he added, "it will bring more confidence to business and investors around the country and then we'll begin to see better job creation."
On the GOP's threat to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, he said, "Our goal here is to reduce spending. Our goal is not to shut down the government."