House Speaker John Boehner (R.,Ohio) said reining in the national debt is a "moral responsibility" that requires immediate spending cuts, during a speech Sunday night to the National Religious Broadcasters Association convention in Nashville.
The Speaker, in his first speech outside Washington since taking the helm of the House Jan. 4, said it was "immoral to bind our children to as leeching and destructive a force as debt," and that it is also wrong to "rob our children's future and make them beholden to China."
Added Boehner: "'A good man leaves an inheritance for his children's children,' as Proverbs reminds us. For too long, Washington has been ignoring this time-honored principle."
Republicans will work hard to avert a shutdown of the federal government, but cuts are necessary, Boehner said. Lawmakers must pass approve a new spending plan before the current year's budget expires Friday.
The GOP is offering a temporary solution, a package that includes what Boehenr called "reasonable cuts" of $4 billion in a resolution that keeps the government funded until Mar. 18. That compromise has come because the Democrats who control the Senate could not accept the House's proposed $61 billion in cuts to government spending through September.
"If they won't eat the whole loaf at one time, we'll make them eat it a slice at a time," Boehner told the broadcasters' convention.