In his first interview since being sworn-in as House Speaker, John Boehner struggled to identify budget cuts that could be made to reduce government spending. The one-on-one with NBC News’ Brian Williams aired on Thursday night.
Asked to name a specific program that could be trimmed from the fiscal plan, Boehner responded, “I don’t think I have one off the top of my head.” However, the newly-minted speaker added, “There is no part of this government that should be sacred.”
“I believe there’s room, to find savings in the Department of Defense,” explained the Ohio Republican. “There are a lot of needs at the Department of Defense. And I think Secretary Gates has a reasonable plan to allow the service chiefs to go in there and root out wasteful spending — so they can find the money that they’re going to need to make sure that we have the weapons of the future.”