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Congressman Boehner: President's Tax & Spend Budget "Shows a Real Lack of Leadership"

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Location: Washington, DC

At a press conference with Republican leaders today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) said President Obama's budget will make the economy worse by continuing to spend money we don't have, and imposing a massive tax hike on American job creators. Congressman Boehner urged President Obama to call on Senate Democrats to act on the nearly 30 bipartisan, House-passed jobs bills they are refusing to consider, at the expense of more than 12 million out-of-work Americans. Following are video and text of Congressman Boehner's remarks:

"You know, the president's policies are not helping our economy. Matter of fact, a lot of people would argue that his policies are actually making it worse. And when you look at the president's budget submission on Monday, it shows a real lack of leadership.

"This will be the fourth budget that will have over a trillion dollars worth of budget deficits. And when you add the budget deficits up over the president's submissions over the last four years, we're talking about over $5 trillion worth of new debt. No real activity when it comes to cutting spending. And when you look at the budget you'll see … $1.9 trillion worth of new tax revenue, and $1.5 trillion worth of more spending. What we need in our economy is to get control of our spending, cut spending, keep taxes low in order to get more Americans back to work.

"Our focus all year has been on jobs. We have 30 jobs bills that are sitting over in the United States Senate. If the president's serious about getting our economy going again, he'll call Harry Reid and tell the Senate Democrats: "consider these bills, they all passed the House with broad, bipartisan support and they deserve consideration in the United States Senate' so that we can, in fact, put the American people back to work."

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