WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) responded to the president’s call for ideas to create jobs, highlighting the Republican Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs that has been, and continues to be, the House’s top priority.  Speaker Boehner also touched on Senate Democrats finally passing a student loan rate solution that closely aligns with the plan passed by the House in May, and reaffirmed Republicans’ commitment to fixing our broken immigration system.  Here are Boehner’s remarks:

On House Republicans’ Commitment to Fixing Our Broken Immigration System:

“House Republicans are committed to fixing a broken immigration system.  We’re working on a common-sense, step-by-step approach to ensure that the American people have confidence that we’re addressing these issues openly and honestly.  Our focus is on getting the policy right, so we fix our immigration system once and for all, and help our economy grow.

“I want to be clear:  there’s no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials.  Earlier this week, Rep. Steve King made comments that were, I think, deeply offensive and wrong.  What he said does not reflect the values of the American people, or the Republican Party.  We all need to do our work in a constructive, open, and respectful way.  As I’ve said many times, we can disagree without being disagreeable.” 

On Senate Democrats Finally Joining Republicans & Passing a Permanent, Market-Based Solution on Student Loan Rates:

“Senate Democrats finally joined Republicans in passing a permanent, market-based solution on student loans.  This bipartisan victory is a victory for students and for our economy.  And it passed entirely consistent with the House Republican bill that passed in May.  So I want to thank Chairman Kline, especially Rep. Virginia Foxx for their work on this issue, and the bipartisan group of Senators who our members worked with to come to this agreement.  As for the Democratic leaders in the Senate, all I can say is, what took you so long?” 

On the House GOP Plan for Economic & Growth & Jobs; & Opportunity for the President to Work with GOP to Find Common Ground:

“You know, the president pivoted this week to jobs, as he has been known to do on occasion.  And under the president’s leadership our country has fallen into the ‘new normal’ of slow growth, high unemployment, and stagnant wages.  And I think it’s unacceptable.

“But his speech turned out to be all sizzle and no steak. That’s assuming that there is any sizzle left after you’ve reheated this thing so many times.  I hope that, going forward, he’s going to learn from his experience on student loans and other issues where he would focus more on those issues where we can find common ground. 

“As you know, House Republicans have been focused on economic growth and jobs since day one.  The president says he wants our ideas, well, here they are, the card’s right here, and we’ve been at it since day one.  We welcome any opportunity to work with the president on enacting things that actually will get our economy moving again. 

“We want to expand American energy, simplify our tax code, reduce harmful regulations, and fix a broken government.  If the president wants a ‘better bargain’ – I think it’s a pretty good place to start.

“These are all common-sense ideas where there is consensus.  And if the president works with us to find common ground – like he did on student loans – we can make real progress.  So, I’ll hope he’ll reach out and continue to work with us.”