Boehner Talks Oversight with Megyn Kelly: “The American People Have a Right to Know”

John Boehner

In an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, Speaker Boehner highlighted Republicans’ ongoing efforts to hold the Obama administration accountable on several fronts, saying “the American people have a right to know what happened with regard to Fast and Furious, what happened at the IRS, what happened at Benghazi.”  Boehner also discussed House Republicans’ successful effort to repeal another piece of ObamaCare, and how the president’s executive overreach is undermining immigration reform.  Following are several excerpts from the interview:

On This Week’s House Action to Hold the Obama Administration Accountable on IRS Targeting:

“You know, when this story first broke, I asked the question — or someone asked me the question – ‘well, who should be fired?’  I said, ‘well, I don’t care who’s going to be fired, I want to know who’s going to jail.’  And the fact is, is that the IRS, there are specific laws that protect taxpayers and — and force the IRS to comply with the law.  Somebody at the IRS violated the law, whether it was Lois Lerner or not, we’ll find out. …

“I would expect after the Easter district work period, the Congress will take up that contempt resolution.  Listen, I made clear, Lois Lerner was either going to tell us the truth or we were going to hold her in contempt.  And if she’s not going to tell us the truth, we are going to hold her in contempt.  The House will vote.  The House will hold her in contempt.”

On the House’s Ongoing Effort to Get Answers the American People Deserve on Benghazi

“I’m a big believer in transparency and accountability.  The American people have a right to know what happened with regard to Fast and Furious, what happened at the IRS, what happened at Benghazi.  And there is no one more serious about getting to the bottom of this than I am. …

“There are four committees that are investigating Benghazi.  Four Americans were killed.  Their families have a right to know what happened.  And there’s nobody — nobody more determined to get to the truth than I am.”

On the President’s Executive Overreach Undermining Immigration Reform:

“The American people want us to deal with immigration reform.  It’s been — become a political football over the last 15 years.  I’ve tried to get the House to move on this now for the last 15 or 16 months.  But every time the president ignores the law, like the 38 times he has on ObamaCare, our members look up and go wait a minute, you can’t have immigration reform without strong border security and internal enforcement and how can we trust the president to actually obey the law and enforce the law that we would write?”

On Republicans’ Successful Efforts to Dismantle ObamaCare Protect Americans from Its Consequences:

“Our goal all the way through this is to protect the American people from the awful effects of this law and to continue to work to try to repeal it.  And so over the last three years, there’s probably been eight or nine changes to ObamaCare that the president has actually signed into law, this being one of them. …

“What this says is if you’re a small employer and you have a high deductible and a high copay plan, that there are caps under ObamaCare that would get rid of almost all these plans.  What this did was take the cap away … so that small employers…can keep their plans…and keep their…health savings accounts.”

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