WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after GOP leaders met with a bipartisan group of governors from the National Governors Association:

“Today I was pleased to host a bipartisan group of our nation’s governors to discuss the need for a ‘balanced’ approach to our debt problem.  Yesterday, Republicans made a good-faith offer to avert the fiscal cliff that includes significant spending cuts and new revenue without raising tax rates on small businesses and costing jobs.  Ohio’s small businesses have been very clear that if Washington moves forward with the president’s plan to raise tax rates, it will hurt our economy and cost jobs.  I will continue to urge governors of both parties to talk to small businessmen and women in their states about the impact it will have on small businesses if Washington raises their tax rates, as President Obama is demanding, rather than cutting spending and reforming entitlement programs.”

NOTE: Today’s meeting with Governors Mark Dayton (D-MN), Mary Fallin (R-OK), Gary Herbert (R-UT) and Jack Markell (D-DE) was also attended by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), and House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).