House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that he has tapped Reps. Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Todd Young (R-IN) to deliver the Weekly Republican Address on Saturday, July 20. Griffin and Young will focus on their legislation delaying implementation of the employer mandate in ObamaCare and providing the same relief and basic fairness to individuals. The House passed these measures yesterday.
Boehner made the announcement at his weekly press conference: "There's no fairness when big businesses are getting an exemption from ObamaCare mandates, but American families are not. That's why the House this week passed bills extending those protections -- and some basic fairness -- to all Americans. To keep the pressure on, I have asked Tim Griffin and Todd Young -- the sponsors of this week's bills -- to deliver our weekly Republican address."
"Both of ObamaCare's mandates are hurting our economy and adding to the challenges that families and workers already face," Rep. Griffin said. "They represent everything that is wrong with ObamaCare's top-down, one-size-fits-all, Washington-knows-best approach to health care, which a majority of Americans oppose."
"The White House proposed delaying the employer mandate because businesses are having trouble complying with the complexities of the law," Rep. Young said. "But the individual mandate is just as confusing to individuals, and they don't have an army of lawyers and accountants at their disposal to make sense of it. This is a simple issue of fairness: hardworking Americans and their families deserve the same sort of tax relief that President Obama is proposing to give to big corporations. It's been a privilege for me to introduce this legislation, and to address the nation on this issue."
About Rep. Tim Griffin. Tim Griffin is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and serves as an Assistant Whip for the majority. Griffin has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years, was deployed to Iraq and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children. Learn more at http://griffin.house.gov.
About Rep. Todd Young. A native Hoosier, Todd Young represents the 9th District is south-central Indiana. First elected in 2010, he currently serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, he served as an intelligence officer in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged as a Captain after a decade in the military. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and his JD from Indiana University, and worked jobs as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, a private sector management consultant and an attorney. Young and his wife, Jenny, currently live in Bloomington, Indiana, with their four children. Learn more at http://toddyoung.house.gov.
About the Weekly Republican Address. The text and the audio of the Weekly Republican Address will be released Friday afternoon and embargoed until Saturday, July 20 at 6:00 a.m. EST, when it will be available on Speaker.gov to view and download.