Speaker Boehner On ABC’s Good Morning America: Economic Growth Is Our Number One Priority

John Boehner

On ABC’s Good Morning America, Speaker John Boehner told George Stephanopoulos that economic growth is Republicans’ “number one priority.” He also discussed the illegal leak of classified information on national security programs, the importance of addressing our national debt, his concerns with the Senate immigration bill, and more. The full transcript is here and several key excerpts are below:

Boehner: Economic Growth Jobs Are “Our Number One Priority”:

“[Jobs] really is our number one priority. … So we’re focused on fixin’ our tax code to make America more competitive– dealing with our looming debt crisis that’s out there, making sure that we get more American made energy. Tryin’ to get rid of the red tape that comes out of Washington.  … We’ve gotta deal with our long term spending problem. We’ve gotta fix our tax code– to make it– fair for all Americans. Bring the rates down and clean out the– the underbrush. It’ll help our economy grow and help Americans’ wages increase.”

Boehner: “The President’s Policies Are Getting in the Way of Creating More Jobs”:

“If you look at– the last four years, we’ve had anemic economic growth. There aren’t enough jobs. People’s wages aren’t growing. And frankly, I believe the president’s policies are getting in the way of creating more jobs. … [T]he president– and the administration, continue, whether it’s the EPA harassing all kinds of Americans– whether it’s– Obamacare, which is like a wet blanket hanging over the economy– these are getting in the way of creating more jobs in our country.”

Boehner: Illegal Disclosure of National Security Programs “Puts Americans At Risk,” Leaker is a Traitor:

“He’s a traitor. The president outlined last week that these were important national security programs to help keep Americans safe, and give us tools– to fight the terrorist threat th– that we face. The president also outlined that there are appropriate safeguards in place– to make sure that– there’s– there’s no– snooping, if you will– on Americans– here at home. But– the disclosure of this information– puts Americans at risk. It shows– our adversaries what our capabilities are. And– it’s a giant violation of the law.”

Boehner: It’s Not Fair to Leave Our Kids Grandkids With a Mountain of Debt:

“We have to address our long-term spending problem. … For 20 years– I’ve watched predecessors and my predecessors, leaders in both parties see this problem coming, and seein’ it coming– and doing nothing about it. 10,000 baby boomers like me retiring every day, 70,000 this week, 3.5 million this year. And this is just year three of the baby boomers– beginning to retire. And it’s not like there’s money in Social Security or money in Medicare. It’s all been spent. And– and so this– this is a serious problem. It’s not fair– to my kids and yours, and their kids some day for us to leave them with a mountain of debt.”

Boehner: Senate Immigration Bill Does Not Go Far Enough on Border Security:

“I’ve got real concerns about– the Senate bill. I– wanna applaud the efforts of the gang of eight in the Senate– applaud my colleagues– who’ve worked hard on this. But– especially in the area of border security– and internal enforcement of this system– I’m concerned that it doesn’t go far enough.”

Boehner: IRS Charged With Enforcing President’s Health Care Law:

“[T]here’s a serious problem at the IRS. Our goal is to– is to root out– the problem. What happened on this case– what’s happened s– in some other cases– the IRS– plays an important role– in our government. People– already have doubts about the IRS. And all this has done is raised even more doubts. And then when you look at the fact that the IRS under Obamacare, is the agency– charged with enforcing Obamacare– I think– scares– the dickens out of most Americans.”

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