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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement responding to President Obama’s speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

“President Obama has retooled his rhetoric, but not his job-destroying policies, which are eroding confidence, fostering uncertainty, and crowding out private investment.  Far from changing tack, his administration is taking steps to protect the job-crushing regulations in its health care and permanent bailout laws, while plotting a new backdoor national energy tax.  Time and again, the Obama Administration has used its regulatory powers to go around Congress and impose hidden taxes on employers and small businesses.  Instead of committing to much-needed spending cuts and reforms, President Obama has urged Congress to raise the debt limit and pass more ineffective ‘stimulus’ spending disguised as ‘investment.’  It’s clear from his policies that President Obama isn’t as interested in winning the future as he is in rigging it for big government.

“Instead of more regulations and more ‘stimulus’ spending, we need less spending, more freedom, and more certainty for those in America who create jobs.  With the Pledge to America, Republicans have a plan to get our economy back to creating jobs by stopping job-crushing federal mandates, cutting unnecessary spending, and ending the Washington spending binge.  This week, the new House majority will empower our committees to root out the rules and regulations that are making it harder to create jobs.  Last month, Congressman Geoff Davis introduced the REINS Act, common-sense legislation requiring congressional approval of any new regulation with an economic impact of more than $100 million.  We’re also holding multiple hearings and seeking input from the nation’s employers and entrepreneurs as we seek to free them from the tangle of red tape that undermines job creation.

“If President Obama is truly interested in what’s good for employers and best for our workers, he’ll listen to the American people and work with Republicans to break down barriers to job creation instead of creating new ones.”