Posted by Press Office on May 22, 2012
John Boehner: We can't ignore our debt
The American people continue to ask "where are the jobs?" and the overspending going on in Washington, D.C., is a big part of the reason why. Our national debt, which has grown significantly due to President Obama's failed "stimulus" policies, is a drain on our economy and a crushing burden on our kids and grandkids.
Last month, a USA TODAY editorial called our debt and deficits "an increasingly urgent national crisis." It is, and one we cannot ignore. Unfortunately, inaction is exactly what the president and members of his party have in mind. They went into a state of panic recently when I said we should talk about — and yes, actually solve — the debt problem that's hurting our economy. There have even been suggestions that these calls for action to heal our economy are somehow designed to do it harm.
Talking about our debt isn't the problem — failing to fix it is. Last August, Standard & Poor's announced it was downgrading the nation's credit rating because a budget agreement between the president and Congress "falls short of the amount we believe is necessary to stabilize the general government debt burden."
Why did that agreement fall short? When push came to shove, President Obama could not resist political pressure to push for tax hikes on small-business job creators. We were on the verge of a breakthrough agreement, but he moved the goal posts and walked away. The president lost his courage, and the country lost its gold-plated triple-A credit rating for the first time.
Since then, the president has been in campaign mode — playing small ball at a time when we need to address big challenges. Until we get a grip on our debt, our economy will continue to suffer and we run the risk of another downgrade, which will make job creation ever harder. Americans deserve a better economic future and an administration willing to tackle this debt crisis before it tackles us.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is speaker of the House of Representatives.
Posted by Press Office on May 20, 2012
On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Congressman John Boehner said, “dealing with our debt and deficit are critically important” for economic growth and job creation. Boehner also noted that the House has passed dozens of bipartisan jobs bills – including a responsible budget – that are being blocked by Senate Democrats. Below are several excerpts from the interview:
Boehner: “This Is About Jobs”
“The American people are still asking the question: where are the jobs? And dealing with our deficit and our debt would help create more economic growth in the United States. And it would lift this cloud of uncertainty that's causing employers to wonder what's next. So dealing with our debt and our deficit are critically important. … [T]his is about jobs. If we really are serious about getting the American people back to work, removing the clouds of uncertainty are important.”
Boehner: Will President Obama Lead on Addressing Our Debt & Deficit?
“The issue is the debt. You know, people aren't clamoring to invest in Greece today. And if we don't begin to deal with our debt and our deficit in an honest and serious way, we're not gonna have many options. Listen-- I'm not going to apologize for leading. The real issue here is will the president lead?”
Boehner: Bipartisan House-Passed Jobs Bills Are Stuck in Democratic-Controlled Senate
“We've worked with Democrats-- we looked through all these jobs bills in the Senate, 30 of them, sitting over there, part of our plan for American job creation. All of them passed with bipartisan support. … So-- on the budget, we've done a budget. Where's the Senate? 1,120 days since they have passed a budget.”
Boehner: Governor Romney’s Proposals Will Strengthen Our Economy
“Mitt Romney's got very-- has had a very successful career. And-- and I think his prescriptions for fixing our economy are a lot better than the president's. … [T]he issue is gonna be the economy. And I believe that Governor Romney's proposals will strengthen our economy and get more Americans back to work.”
Boehner: My Job Is To Make Sure Our Team Is Prepared
“I feel pretty good about where we are today. But you know, my job is-- as the leader is to make sure that if everything falls apart, that we still have the tools that we need to hold onto our majority in the House. We've got-- 89 freshmen members-- running for reelection in most cases. We've got a lot of tough elections out there. But again, if the election were held today -- I feel good about it. … My job is to make sure our team is prepared.”
Posted by Press Office on May 17, 2012
“If we are to unlock new opportunities for job creation and strengthen the economy, then we must take even larger steps toward comprehensive tax reform,” House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) said in a speech this morning highlighting the need to fix our broken tax code, a key plank of the Plan for America’s Job Creators.
Speaking at a policy seminar in Washington, Chairman Camp outlined Republicans’ commitment to fueling job creation by stopping the coming tax hike on small business job creators and reforming the tax code:
Chairman Camp also talked about how the House-passed budget includes an outline for pro-growth tax reform that lowers rates and closes loopholes. “It is time America’s tax code put the American economy first,” he said.
The Wall Street Journal noted that Chairman Camp’s comments were part of a GOP effort “to seize the initiative” while President Obama has been “less enthusiastic” about fixing the tax code. “The administration hasn’t proposed an overhaul” and “it won’t do so,” Bloombergadded. That’s unfortunate, especially when, according to a recent national survey, eight in ten small business owners cite overtaxation as a reason it’s harder to hire new workers. Congressman Boehner, a former small business owner himself, said earlier this week that “we shouldn’t wait until New Year’s Eve to give American job creators the confidence that they aren’t going to get hit with a tax hike on New Year’s Day.” That’s why the House will act this fall to stop the coming tax hike on small businesses and take another step towards fixing our broken tax code.
Visit the Ways & Means Committee’s website to read the full text of Chairman Camp’s speech.
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012
In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett following remarks to the Paul G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit, Congressman John Boehner said there’s no reason to wait until we reach the debt limit to enact real spending cuts and reforms – the American people are ready, Republicans are ready – “let’s go.”
The only stumbling blocks are President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate who appear afraid – or unwilling – to seriously address America’s economic challenges. As Burnett pointed out, top Democrats are already criticizing what Stanford economist John B. Taylor dubbed the “Boehner principle” – that spending cuts and reforms (not tax hikes) exceed any debt limit increase – as a “line in the sand.” Boehner responded:
“It is a line in the sand because Washington has kicked the can down the road, kicked the can down the road, kicked the can down the road and the American people think we're crazy. They're re-- ready for Washington to take action. I'm here. I'm ready to do it. Let's go.”
Boehner explained how the tax hikes demanded by Democrats would only do more damage to our economy and put more people out of work. Instead, Boehner said “We've gotta have real economic growth and we have to have real controls on spending.”
The House already started by passing a responsible budget that cuts spending and preserves our biggest entitlement programs for our children and grandchildren. And last week, the House voted to reduce the deficit by additional $242.8 billion while protecting our troops and their families. But bills like these and others that create a better environment for job growth are being blocked by Senate Democrats.
Click here to watch and read Boehner’s full remarks from yesterday.
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012
This morning, congressional leaders will visit the White House for a meeting with President Obama. Between our nation’s struggling economy, our booming debt, still painfully high gas prices, and the “fiscal time bomb” set to hit at the end of this year, the American people would expect the agenda to be focused on tackling the big issues. The Associated Press this morning, however, reports that the President plans to use this meeting as an opportunity to tout his five-point, to-do list for Congress – also known as his Post-it note plan.
According to the Associated Press, the President wants to push the leaders to advance tax breaks for small businesses – a worthy goal. In fact, earlier this year the House passed a 20 percent tax break for small businesses (as defined by the Small Business Administration). A reduced tax burden on American entrepreneurs and small business owners is something Republicans would be happy to work with the President to provide. But it doesn’t seem as though finding common ground is the President’s goal. When the House passed its small business tax cut, the President responded with a veto threat.
In reality, Republicans have already produced a much lengthier to-do list than the President’s Post-it note agenda. Over the last 18 months, the House has passed more than two dozen jobs bills that are still awaiting Senate action and presidential leadership to get moving. Over and over again, it has been the House that has led, passing legislation, and working to address the priorities of the American people. The House has advanced a jobs and energy agenda, passed a budget (twice), passed legislation to keep interest rates for students low, passed a plan to stave off cuts to our military the president’s own Defense Secretary says would be “devastating,” and will soon pass a plan to prevent the biggest tax hike in American history.
What has been missing is presidential leadership – and presidential plans. So, at today’s meeting Republican leaders would like to hear what the President proposes to address these pressing issues.
A Post-it note makes for a cute gimmick, but the American people are expecting us to think a little bit bigger. That will be the goal of Republican leaders today.
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012
While President Obama was telling Congressional leaders he wants to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts or reforms, Senate Democrats were preparing to reject his budget – unanimously.
This is the second year in a row the Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously opposed the president’s unserious budget (0-99 this year). And it was almost two months ago that his budget failed to win a single vote in the House (0-414). Altogether, 513 elected lawmakers have opposed it.
Of course – it’s been three years since Senate Democrats offered a budget of their own. In that time, we’ve faced an unemployment rate above eight percent and back-to-back-to-back trillion-dollar deficits.
These failures have left families stuck – jobs are scarce, prices are rising, and wages are stagnant, but neither the White House nor Senate Democrats have a serious plan to address our challenges. Instead, they’re focused on fake fights and political gimmicks, and are pushing for higher taxes that would make it even harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
This is why Congressman John Boehner jumpstarted the conversation yesterday about addressing the spending-driven debt that threatens job creation and economic growth. The Speaker outlined a number of ways to put America back on the path to prosperity. With the national debt nearing $16 trillion, the debt limit approaching, and the largest tax hike in history looming, Boehner said “we shouldn’t wait” -- we need to “confront our challenges now while we still have the ability to do so.”
House Republicans already adopted a responsible budget that promotes job growth by cutting spending and protecting America’s entitlement programs for future generations. Last week, the House voted to reduce the deficit by an additional $242.8 billion while protecting our troops and their families.
But that’s not all. The House has passed nearly 30 jobs bills that are being blocked by Senate Democrats. While those bipartisan bills gather dust, Republicans have also worked with the White House and Democrats to pass - in a bipartisan way - jobs bills such as the JOBS Act, a veterans hiring bill, three trade agreements, patent reform, legislation repealing the IRS withholding tax on job creators, and more.
White House, Democrats Hyperventilate at Mere Suggestion of Addressing Our Debt, Promoting Economic GrowthPosted by Press Office on May 16, 2012
Is the White House asking for a clean debt limit increase with no spending cuts or reforms whatsoever? If not, where is Washington Democrats’ serious plan to address the debt crisis that is hurting our economy and destroying jobs? President Obama’s budget – the only Democratic plan available, since Senate Democrats have not offered a budget in three years – was defeated by the House by a vote of 414-0. Today, the Senate is expected to vote it down again. Because of the president’s failed economic and fiscal policies, a debt limit increase is looming again. The alternative is default, which would be economically disastrous.
That’s why Congressman John Boehner laid out a common-sense approach for addressing America’s debt crisis yesterday: responsible spending cuts and reforms that will put the United States on a sounder financial footing, stave off further credit downgrades, and improve the health of our economy. Yet Democrats immediately responded by hyperventilating at the mere suggestion that Congress come together to cut spending and deal with the big economic and fiscal challenges of our time. Here’s just a few over-the-top, hyper-partisan examples:
Only in Washington will you find “leaders” who fear addressing a problem more than the problem itself.
In reality, the only people talking about “brinkmanship” or a “standoff” are the White House, Democrats, and the Left. The Congressman told CNN yesterday there’s no reason to wait until we reach the debt limit to enact real spending cuts and reforms – the American people are ready, Republicans are ready – “let’s go.”
The fact remains that the president’s ‘stimulus’ spending spree has racked up more debt – more than $5 trillion in just over three years – than any president in history, including four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits. The real questions are, what is the president’s plan and when, if ever, will he lead?
Posted by Press Office on May 11, 2012
Today, Congressman Boehner hosted an open discussion with Ohio small business leaders and job creators in Hamilton. Boehner opened the discussion by asking the job creators what they needed to see coming out of Washington in order to encourage job creation and grow the economy, here are a few of the responses:
As reported by the West Chester Buzz, Trevor Stansbury, president and founder of a company in Loveland, told Boehner, “One of the things that is killing all of us is the uncertainty and our reluctance therefore to hire people because we don’t know what is around the corner.”
Laura Doerge-Roberts, president of Vinyl Max Windows in Hamilton, was among the many job creators who expressed their frustrations with ObamaCare and the threat it is posing to employer provided benefits. As reported by WCPO, Mrs. Doerge-Roberts “told Boehner under President Obama's healthcare plan, it's more attractive for her company to violate federal law and pay a $340,000 a year fine for not providing healthcare than to provide what she called the rising costs and decreasing benefits.”
Boehner wrapped up the event by reiterating that House Republicans will continue to stay focused on job creation:
If you are in the Cincinnati area, tune into your local news tonight to catch their coverage of the event.
More from Congressman Boehner’s Discussion with Job Creators here:
Posted by Press Office on May 11, 2012
American women are being hit hard by President Obama’s failed economic policies, losing the vast majority of jobs during the president’s time in office, and giving up hope of finding work again. Instead of addressing these challenges, Washington Democrats have resorted to the politics of division to paper over the real battle women are facing: getting a job in the Obama economy. Here are a few alarming figures President Obama and Washington Democrats are trying to hide with their politically-motivated rhetoric:
While Democrats have been busy dialing up the false rhetoric, the Republican-led House has continued to focus on helping the economy create jobs by addressing high gas prices, reining in the debt, and passing more than two dozen jobs bills - part of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators - that are being blocked by the Democratic-controlled Senate. The five million American women looking for jobs – and millions more who have given up hope - deserve action on these bills, and it is up to President Obama to call on Senate Democrats to pass them. Learn more at jobs.gop.gov.
Posted by Press Office on May 11, 2012
Yesterday, House Republicans passed common-sense legislation to protect our troops and reduce the deficit by an additional $242.8 billion beyond the Budget Control Act, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The measure replaces “devastating” defense cuts with common-sense spending reductions and reforms, including reforms that focus on stopping waste, fraud, and abuse in federal programs, eliminating government slush funds, reducing waste and duplication in government bureaucracies. The House Majority Whip’s Office put together a great fact sheet highlighting the waste, fraud, and abuse that the GOP bill targets for elimination. Here it is below:
Fraud, Waste & Abuse in SNAP: Food Stamps For Millionaires & The State Government Strategies For Getting More Federal Money
ObamaCare Slush Fund: Your Tax $$$ At Work – Ending Soda As We Know It & Spaying Your Neighborhood Stray Dogs
Fraud & Abuse In Child Refundable Child Tax Credit: Non-US Citizens Scheming Tax Code For Billions Every Year
WASTE: A $75 Billion Housing Bailout Fund That Even Administration Officials Say Has Failed