At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged President Obama to stop campaigning on the effects of his sequester and start calling on his Democratic-led Senate to actually pass a credible plan to avert it. Following are Speaker Boehner's remarks:
"You know, the president proposed the sequester, yet he's far more interested in holding campaign rallies than he is in urging his Senate Democrats to actually pass a plan.
"Listen, we know there are smarter ways to cut spending and to continue to grow our economy. That's why Republicans have acted twice, as Cathy said, to replace the sequester with what we would argue are smarter cuts.
"Listen, the president says we have to have another tax increase in order to avoid the sequester. Well, Mr. President, you got your tax increase. It's time to cut spending here in Washington.
"Instead of using our military men and women as campaign props, if the president was serious he'd sit down with Harry Reid and begin to address our problems. The House has acted twice, we shouldn't have to act a third time before the Senate begins to do their work."