At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed the need to cut government spending to address America's fiscal crisis, and urged the president to approve the Keystone pipeline to create new jobs and bolster America's energy security. Following are Speaker Boehner's remarks:
"The House will pass a bill this week to keep the government open through the end of the fiscal year. Spending is the problem here in Washington, and our goal is to cut spending -- not to shut the government down.
"The president agreed last week that that should be our goal and I'm hopeful that this continuing resolution will find easy passage both in the House and the Senate.
"Lastly, a report on Friday once again makes clear that there is no reason for the Keystone pipeline to be blocked for another day.
"The president, and the president alone, stands between these tens of thousands of American jobs and more North American oil for our refineries - and it's time for him to say yes.
"You know, after four years of needless delays, it's time for the president to stand up for middle-class jobs, and we'll get that by getting the Keystone pipeline under construction."