During an appearance on Fox News' America's Newsroom last week, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) said that President Obama and Washington Democrats should not exploit the oil spill crisis to impose a job-killing national energy tax on families and small businesses. In light of reports that Democrats intend to force this job-killer through Congress after the election, Boehner said that every House Democrat should come forward now and say whether they would support a national energy tax bill. Boehner said that at a moment when Americans' top priority is stopping this leak, cleaning up this mess, and finding out what went wrong, both parties should be working together to craft responsible solutions. He also noted that BP should be held fully accountable for the costs associated with the spill -- American taxpayers shouldn't pay a dime. Following are video and excerpts from Boehner's interview:
Boehner Says Washington Democrats Should Not Exploit Oil Spill Crisis To Impose A Job-Killing National Energy Tax:
"What is happening here is that the President and some liberals here in Congress want to use this disaster as an excuse for imposing their cap-and-trade national energy tax on America. What this bill would do would be to drive up the cost of energy in our country, and drive millions of American jobs overseas. This is not what the American people want. We should not use the disaster as an excuse to do irresponsible cap-and-trade legislation which now they are talking about trying to do after the election. I think every Democrat Member should come forward and say whether they are interested in doing this bill behind closed doors after the election. I think the American people ought to know this before the election."
Boehner Says BP Must Bear The Entire Financial Burden For This Disaster:
"I have said since the beginning that BP ought to be responsible for all of this cleanup. They should clean it up. We need to get the leak stopped, we need to get this mess cleaned up, and we also need to find out what happened."
Boehner Says Both Parties Should Be Working Together To Craft Responsible Energy Solutions:
"What we really need to do is sit down in a bipartisan way to figure out how we do "all of the above.' Because the green energy we all want, and we want it sooner rather than later. But it's going to take a number of years for it to ramp up and in the meantime, we've got to continue to explore for oil and gas, we need clean coal technology, we need nuclear energy and, yes, we also need to speed up the development of renewables. And we can do that, but we ought to be doing it together."
Boehner Says That The Federal Response To THis Crisis Has Been A 'Failure Of Government':
"There was a failure here of government. And we need to get to the bottom of what did the government know, when did they know it? Because their reaction to all of this has been to blame someone else. And, there is no question that the government has some responsibility here and ought to be held responsible for their failures as well."