Washington, DC – Congressman Dan Lungren opposed House Speaker John Boehner two years ago when Republicans selected the House Minority Leader.
“I ran against John for minority leader two years ago in part because I wasn’t sure that we had gotten the message after suffering two major congressional defeats,” said Lungren while speaking from Washington, DC this morning. “But I have to say that I am one of the strongest advocates and admirers of John Boehner now. What he has done in this transition period, the outline he has given for how this House is going to run, and the gracious speech that he just gave, combine to convince me that he will be an outstanding speaker.”
Lungren adds that he fully supports Boehner’s current efforts to repeal President Obama’s Health Care reform legislation.
Lungren authored his first bill of 2011 this week that calls for the House of Representatives to cut its operating budget to 5% less than 2010 levels. Lungren claims it will save approximately $35 million and says it is “just the beginning” when it comes to spending reductions.
During a conference call this morning with reporters, Lungren said that he is open to making cuts to defense spending to help balance the deficit, but only if it doesn’t negatively affect national security. He also stated that it is “the height of insanity” that timber products are not included in the Federal Bio Fuels program that started last year which allows tax credits for companies that produce renewable energy.
Lungren’s 3rd District includes Calaveras County.