WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted today’s House vote on the Domestic Energy Jobs Act, next month’s vote to stop the small business tax hike, and Republicans’ commitment to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety – all part of the continuing focus on helping the private-sector create jobs. Speaker Boehner also discussed operation Fast Furious and the right the American people have to know the facts about the reckless operation that cost the life of an American border agent. Following is the text of Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
ON REPUBLICANS CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON JOBS WITH TODAY’S VOTE ON THE DOMESTIC ENERGY JOBS ACT:
“You know, the American people are continuing to ask the question ‘Where are the jobs?’ Middle-class families and small businesses are struggling with high unemployment, rising prices, and stagnant wages. Republicans have been relentlessly focused on helping small businesses create jobs, and we’re going to remain focused on that goal….
“Today, the House will pass the Domestic Energy Jobs Act, which will help create good-paying jobs by expanding American energy production. This is the latest in a series of more than 30 House-passed jobs bills that have removed government barriers to economic growth and stopped policies that are driving up gas prices.
“I also want to be clear about something: House Republicans want to get a highway bill done. We want a bill, and our colleagues are working toward producing a bill. We just want to make sure it’s a bill that includes real reforms, to ensure that taxpayer funds are paying for legitimate projects that support economic activity – not planting more flowers and beautification projects around the country.
“We also continue to support bipartisan, job-creating initiatives like the Keystone pipeline.”
ON THE NEED FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO QUIT STONEWALLING PROVIDE ALL OF THE FACTS ON THE FAST FURIOUS OPERATION:
“Congress also has a responsibility to the American people to learn the truth about what happened in Fast Furious.
“On February 4, 2011, the Department of Justice denied allegations that it allowed guns to be smuggled into Mexico. Ten months later the Justice Department formally withdrew its denial and acknowledged that it made false claims to Congress about this reckless operation.
“The Obama administration, however, has stonewalled Congress’s legitimate oversight responsibilities to find out how and why it made these false claims. Remember, we’re talking about a program that gave Mexican drug dealers guns, and those guns killed an American border agent.
“Listen, the American people deserve the truth, and the administration has an obligation to turn over the relevant documents right now. The decision to invoke executive privilege is an admission that White House officials were involved in decisions that mislead the Congress and have covered up the truth. So, what is the Obama administration hiding in Fast Furious?”
ON THE BIPARTISAN PLAN TO STOP THE LOOMING TAX HIKE ON SMALL BUSINESSES:
“Next month, the House will act to boost economic growth and create jobs by preventing a massive tax hike and providing for a fairer, simpler tax code that lowers rates and closes special interest loopholes.
“Stopping the tax hikes is critical to our economy, which more and more Democrats are acknowledging every day, and tax reform will help fuel more economic growth and job creation in our country.”
ON HOUSE REPUBLICANS’ COMMITMENT TO FULLY REPEAL OBAMACARE:
“House Republicans will also vote on several measures to stop harmful regulations that are creating more uncertainty and hurting small businesses.
“In the coming days, I think you all know the Supreme Court will rule on the president’s health care law, which [is] driving up health care costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
“And unless the court throws out the entire law, the House will vote to repeal whatever is left of ObamaCare. And then we need to enact common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect jobs and protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.”