Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing House-passed legislation that begins to address our nation's major challenges and President Obama's preoccupation with election-year politics:
"American families and small businesses continue to struggle in President Obama's economy. There are actions that could be taken right now in Washington on a bipartisan basis to help change this reality. Unfortunately, the president is focused on his re-election campaign, and consequently is leaving major challenges unaddressed.
"The lack of robust job creation in America, the debt that is threatening our long-term economic growth, and high gas prices that have doubled under the Obama administration all provide opportunities for Washington to act now. My Republican colleagues and I in the House of Representatives have been listening to the American people and are acting.
"The House has passed pro-growth legislation that breaks down government barriers to job creation, begins to address the debt that threatens long-term growth, and implements an "all of the above' energy strategy. All provide opportunities for bipartisan action from the Democrats who run the White House and Senate. Here's a quick summary of what we've been focused on, and how it has been complicated by the president's preoccupation with election-year politics:
"Breaking Down the Barriers to Job Creation. Nearly 30 House-passed jobs bills are just sitting over in the Democratic-controlled Senate. These bills stop Washington from spending money it doesn't have, eliminate excessive regulations, expand American energy production, and more. Most passed with bipartisan support. And yet - even with the unemployment rate above 8 percent for the past three years, half of recent college graduates out of work, and most of the jobs lost belonging to women - the president hasn't called on the Democratic-controlled Senate to take action on House-passed jobs bills.
"Addressing the Debt that Threatens Long-Term Growth. In March, as part of our Plan for America's Job Creators, the House passed an honest budget with real spending cuts, pro-growth tax reform, and serious entitlement reform. Our budget gets our fiscal house in order, begins to address our job-crushing debt, and promotes long-term growth but unfortunately it has fallen on deaf ears across the aisle. Instead, the president offered a budget that failed to get a single vote in Congress and Senate Democrats haven't offered a budget of their own in more than three years.
"Supporting an "All of the Above' Energy Strategy. Under the Obama administration, energy production on federal land has plummeted and prices have skyrocketed. Everything from gasoline to groceries is now more expensive for families and small businesses. The House has passed several bills to expand energy production, stop policies that drive up prices, and approve projects like the popular Keystone XL energy pipeline (which passed the House with a bipartisan veto-proof majority). And yet, the administration continues to attack American energy producers and threaten tax hikes that would make energy even more expensive.
"There are other major challenges looming on the horizon as well that require presidential leadership and attention. In a recent column, I wrote at length about the harmful defense cuts that are scheduled to take place in the coming months if no action is taken by the president and Congress (the House has passed legislation to replace these cuts with alternative spending cuts and reforms; the president and Senate have done nothing). An enormous tax increase is also scheduled to take place on January 1, 2013 if no action is taken. This tax increase will hit small businesses across the country, making it harder than ever for them to hire new workers.
"I've seen a groundswell of support in the Eighth District for bold ideas, like those I outlined above, that reject small politics, cast off big government, and return us to common sense principles. I hope the president will listen to Ohioans' support, bring his party's Senate leaders along, and work with us to tackle the major challenges our nation faces."
Boehner represents Ohio's 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.