WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing with reporters today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted Republicans’ ongoing effort to help the economy create jobs by stopping the small business tax hikes, repealing ObamaCare and passing more than 30 jobs bills stuck in the Democrat-led Senate. Speaker Boehner also addressed the White House’s failure to respond to the bipartisan, common-ground solutions put forth by Republicans to stop student loan rates from doubling next month. Following is the text of Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FAILED POLICIES THAT ARE MAKING THE ECONOMY WORSE:
“Last week’s jobs numbers are more evidence that President Obama’s economic policies are standing in the way of real economic growth and standing in the way of creating more jobs in our country.
“Unemployment has been higher than eight percent for 40 consecutive months. Family wages are stagnant. Everything from gasoline to groceries to health care is more expensive. And, half of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. …
“But that’s the story of the Obama administration. You know, for two years the Democrats here in Congress gave the president everything he wanted: a ‘stimulus’ spending binge, a health care takeover, and more. It didn’t work, and his policies have actually made things worse. Now that we’re here working to clean up the mess, the president and Senate Democrats are more interested in gimmicks than they are in real solutions.”
ON HOUSE-PASSED JOBS BILLS STUCK IN THE DEMOCRATIC-LED SENATE:
“You know, there’s no better example than the 30 House-passed bills that would help create jobs. Our plan for American job creators – most of these bills are all sitting over in the United States Senate.
“And these bills would expand energy production, eliminate excessive regulations, and stop the Washington spending binge. They would help create jobs for college graduates who need these jobs to pay off their student loans. And they would address the high prices that American families are dealing with.”
ON PRESIDENT OBAMA WASTING TIME ON GIMMICKS INSTEAD OF SOLUTIONS ON STUDENT LOANS:
“But instead of working with Congress to remove barriers to job creation, the president today is at the…University of Nevada-Las Vegas at a rally talking about student loan rates. He should be here working with us to ensure that they won’t double. Instead of our good-faith effort being responded to, all we’ve heard from the White House is silence.”
ON BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR STOPPING THE COMING TAX HIKE ON SMALL BUSINESS JOB CREATORS:
“You know, one of the biggest challenges that small businesses are facing is that they have no idea what the tax rates are going to be next year. As a matter of fact, they’re looking at a giant tax increase come January 1st.
“This would be the largest tax increase in American history. Next month, the House will pass a bill to extend those current rates for a year. And there’s a bipartisan agreement between Republicans and top Democrat – you’ve seen all the names out there the last couple of days – who believe that we should extend all of the current tax rates to provide some certainty for small business owners. And it will give Congress time to craft reforms that will simplify the code for families and small businesses.
“Today we’ll pass another jobs bill – number 31 – repealing the president’s tax on medical devices. And in the weeks ahead we’re going to keep working to remove barriers hurting small businesses around the country.”
ON HOUSE REPUBLICANS’ COMMITMENT TO FULLY REPEALING OBAMACARE FOR JOBS:
“We’re also committed to fully repealing the president’s health care law, which is driving up health care costs for small businesses and making it harder for them to hire new workers. And unless the Supreme Court throws out the entire law, we need to repeal what’s left of it.
“And we need to enact common-sense reforms in a step-by-step manner that will protect the American people’s access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost – and we look forward to their ruling.”