Boehner: Glad National Mall funds cut


House Minority Leader John Boehner says good riddance to $200 million in funds for the National Mall initally included in the House economic stimulus bill.

That provision was cut during the House Rules Committee meeting yesterday, as was millions for contraceptives for low-income families. During a pen-and-pad session with reporters Wednesday morning, he said the ax needs to be taken to many more initiatives.

“That’s two steps in the right direction, but there’s still hundreds of millions in wasteful spending.”

Other projects he singled out as wasteful included $400 million for NASA to study climate change and about $650 million for coupons for households who need converter boxes for the digital television transition.

Boehner, R-Ohio, also said Republicans will introduce a substitute this afternoon consisting mainly of tax cuts. He later said it would be fair to speculate that such a provision won’t pass.


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