House Speaker John Boehner issued the following statement after the House passed the payroll tax cut conference agreement:

“I support this measure and thank Chairman Camp and our conferees for all their efforts to resolve this issue in a constructive fashion.  There are a number of positive aspects to this agreement, including preventing a tax increase on hardworking Americans and the spectrum initiative, which will help create jobs, spur innovation and economic investment, and support public safety.  But let’s keep in mind that aside from the spectrum provisions that have long been a part of the Republican jobs plan, this is an economic relief bill – not a growth bill.  The only reason the provisions at the core of this measure are even necessary is because the president’s economic policies have failed.  It is also unfortunate that this agreement is only partially offset because of Democrats’ refusal to consider common-sense, bipartisan spending cuts, many of which were drawn from the president’s own budget. 

“Today is the 3rd anniversary of the president’s failed stimulus bill, and it’s yet another reminder that we need to change course and focus on pro-growth economic policies that help small businesses create jobs.  The White House has said this legislation is its last ‘must do’ priority for the entire year.  I hope that’s not true.  House Republicans have passed nearly 30 pro-growth jobs bills over the last 14 months, and it’s long past time for the president and Senate Democrats to demonstrate leadership and work with us to enact these common-sense measures.”

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