Congressman Boehner joined Brian Thomas this morning on Cincinnati's 55 KRC-AM to discuss House Republicans' continued focus on jobs and the economy. In addition to highlighting this week's legislation to stop excessive regulations, Boehner discussed the House-passed Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act (H.R. 5652) that stops the automatic sequester cuts that will hollow-out our defenses as well as the vote next week to stop President Obama's massive tax hike on small businesses.
As Congressman Boehner noted, House Republicans are the only ones in Washington who've "offered a plan to stop the tax hike that threatens our economy and to stop the sequester and defense cuts that threaten our national security."
BOEHNER ON REPUBLICANS STAYING FOCUSED ON THE ECONOMY
"We're going to continue to do our job. The president can go out and campaign every day and the Senate can do whatever they do but the House is going to continue to be focused on what the American people want us to be focused on: the economy and jobs."
BOEHNER ON HOUSE LEGISLATION THAT PROTECTS SMALL BUSINESSES AND HELPS CREATE JOBS
"The House is focused on jobs and this week we'll pass legislation to stop excessive regulations that hurts small businesses There was a recent survey taken and 78 percent of small business people said that excessive regulations and taxes make it harder for them to hire new people. The bills we're bringing to the floor this week will cut through the red tape and freeze new regulations until unemployment is below 6 percent. Then, next week the House will vote to stop the tax hike that threatens about 700,000 jobs according to Ernst & Young. We're the only group in town that's offered a plan to stop the tax hike that threatens our economy and to stop the sequester and defense cuts that threaten our national security."
BOEHNER ON STOPPING THE DEVASTATING SEQUESTER CUTS
"We don't have to wait till the end of the year and keep the economy on hold while people are guessing what we might do with taxes. Secondly, we don't have to wait until the end of the year to deal with this looming sequester that is going to whack our military and hurt our ability to defend our country The reason we have the sequester going into effect on January 2nd is because the President of the United States only wanted to deal with the debt limit once before his election .So there are 1.2 trillion worth of cuts that are going into effect on January 2nd over the next 10 years. Half of this comes from defense and the other half comes from what I'll call non-defense sources. You are going to see cuts in education, Medicare, all because the President didn't want to be inconvenienced with another fight over the debt limit."
BOEHNER ON DEALING WITH THE "BIG ISSUES FACING OUR COUNTRY"
"Early next year, we are going to be faced again with a need to increase the debt limit. I've made clear that we are not going to increase the debt limit unless there are cuts and reforms that are greater than the increase to the debt limit. It is time for us to quit kicking the can down the road. It's time for us to deal with the big issues facing our country. The house is going to continue to stay focused on it.