Statement by Speaker Boehner on Three Years of President Obama’s Failed ‘Stimulus’ Policies
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement in advance of tomorrow’s 3rd anniversary of the signing of President Obama’s failed ‘stimulus’ spending bill:
“At the signing of the ‘stimulus’ three years ago, President Obama said he wanted to be held accountable for the results of his spending binge – today, there’s no denying the fact that his ‘stimulus’ policies not only failed, they made things worse. You can see the legacy of the president’s failed ‘stimulus’ policies all around us: in three straight years of an unemployment rate above eight percent; in gas prices that have nearly doubled; in the need for an extension of the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits; and in the millions of Americans who are still out of work or have simply given up looking for a job.
“Instead of more ‘stimulus’ policies, Republicans have focused on pro-growth economic policies that remove government barriers to job growth. Unfortunately, most of the nearly 30 House-passed jobs bills are still sitting in the Democratic-controlled Senate awaiting a vote. Unlike the ‘stimulus,’ our bills were put together in an open process, with debate and amendments allowed, and were mostly passed on a bipartisan basis – many with the support of the president’s own jobs council. And unlike the ‘stimulus,’ these bills would actually help end some of the uncertainty that’s hurt small businesses and jeopardized job growth.
“But instead of urging Senate Democrats to take up these jobs bills, President Obama submitted a budget to Congress this week with more of the same failed ‘stimulus’-style policies. The American people are still asking the question, ‘where are the jobs?’ We have to do better, and we can start with Senate Democrats taking action on our jobs bills as soon as possible.”
NOTE: Click here for a full list of House-passed jobs bills awaiting a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and visit jobs.GOP.gov for more information on the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators.
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