Speaker Boehner sat down with Fox News Sunday this morning to talk about Republicans’ focus on jobs and the people’s priorities, the House’s plan to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress, and more.
Watch the full interview on Fox News, and below, check out excerpts that may interest you:
A good start on jobs and the people’s priorities: “Just yesterday, [the president] signed the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act, that would help get more services to our veterans that we’re losing at a rate of 22 a day. The Keystone pipeline’s been done. … The House has passed several dozen bills already. We’re off to the fastest start of a Congress in the 25 years that I’ve been here. … But we’re off to a good start. We’ve passed the 40-hour workweek requirement in ObamaCare so that people aren’t getting their hours cut. We passed the Hire More [Heroes] Act out of the House, to make it easier for small businesses to hire veterans. How about making it easier to export liquid natural gas overseas to our allies that are begging for it?”
The House has acted to fund the Department of Homeland Security: “The Constitution makes it pretty clear that the House has to do its work and the Senate has to do theirs. The House has acted to fund the department, and to stop the president’s overreach when it comes to immigration and his executive orders. Remember, Chris, the president said 22 times that he did not have the authority to do what he eventually did, and the Congress just can’t sit by and let the president defy the Constitution and defy his own oath of office. So the House acted. Now it’s time for the Senate to act.”
Senate Democrats will bear responsibility if Homeland Security funding lapses: “The Senate Democrats are blocking the ability to even debate the bill. Senator McConnell has offered them the opportunity to offer amendments. It’s their turn. That’s the way the system works. That’s the way the Constitution spells it out. And so the House has done its job. … But Senate Democrats are the ones standing in the way, they’re the ones jeopardizing funding. Why don’t they get on the bill and offer an amendment, offer their ideas, let’s see what the Senate can do.”
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress: “The fact is that we had every right to do what we did. I wanted the prime minister to come here. There’s a serious threat facing the world, and radical Islamic terrorists are not going to go away. The president devoted but a few words to it in his State of the Union address. And then when it comes to the threat of Iran having a nuclear weapon, these are important messages that the Congress needs to hear and the American people need to hear. And I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu is the perfect person to deliver the message of how serious this threat is.”
A robust strategy and authorization to defeat ISIL: “We need a robust strategy to take on ISIL. No one has seen one from this White House yet. In addition to a robust strategy, I think we need to have a robust authorization. And I don’t believe that what the president sent here gives him the flexibility or the authority to take on this enemy and to win. And so I look at the submission by the president of the beginning of the process. We’re going to have exhaustive hearings in the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Intelligence Committee, the Armed Services Committee. And we’re going to have bipartisan discussions about how we strengthen this authorization.”
The pursuit of the facts about Benghazi: “The idea here is to give the American people the facts about what happened. Why wasn’t the security for our embassy in Libya, the extra security, given to the Ambassador after repeated requests the night of the event. Why didn’t we attempt to rescue the people that were there? Why were the people there told not to get involved? And then, as importantly, when did the president know this, and why for some two weeks, did he describe it differently than what it really was? There are a lot of unanswered questions, and as Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the Benghazi committee has been told by me, I don’t need a big show here. What we need are facts. The American people deserve the truth about what happened, and that’s all what we’re interested in.”