Bad News For The Boehner Plan: CBO Says It Only Cuts $850 Billion Over Ten Years

The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of John Boehner’s debt plan is unlikely to help its fate in the House:

On the eve of a House vote, new cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office could pose a problem for Speaker John Boehner as he tries to rally conservative support for his two-step plan to raise the federal debt ceiling and avert default next week.

The first installment of $900 billion is contingent on enacting 10 year caps on annual appropriations which the leadership had hoped would save well over $1 trillion. But CBO late Tuesday came back with a report showing the legislation would reduce deficits by $850 billion when measured against the agency’s most current projections for spending.

This may be the best Boehner can do, but it tends to give more ammunition to the hardliners in the GOP who have already come out against the bill.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Hey Norm says:

    Rule #1: the CBO only counts if it agrees with you.