HERSHEY, PA – At the joint House-Senate Republican retreat today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) joined Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in selecting Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union Address.  At their press event, Speaker Boehner outlined key priorities for the 114th Congress, discussing the need to pass “common-sense solutions that will help expand opportunities for middle-class families and small businesses.”  Following are Boehner’s remarks: 

“Republicans continue to make the American people’s priorities – jobs and the economy – our priorities.  We’ve had a great opportunity this year to make progress for families and small businesses, and we look forward to continuing to make progress.  We’ve already gotten off to a great start by passing a number of common-sense, bipartisan jobs bills to help grow our economy.

“Listen, the president’s focus is on the past.  On the old politics of pitting, you know, one set of Americans against the other.  On the outdated ways of bureaucratic control, all top-down Washington solutions.  And what’s that produced?  Record debt and a shaky economy.  The country, I believe, is eager to move on.

“And we need to start growing America’s economy, not Washington’s economy.  Our challenge – our opportunity – is to pass common-sense solutions that will help expand opportunities for middle-class families and small businesses.  Solutions that simplify our tax code to make it both pro-growth and pro-family.  Solutions that address the true drivers of our debt and begin to balance the budget.  Solutions that repeal ObamaCare and replace it with patient-centered reforms that will help our constituents have better access to high-quality health care in America.

“Listen, our job is to push for conservative reforms, show the American people we can make progress, and show the American people our vision for the future that will help improve their lives.  That’s exactly what we plan to do … I’m very happy today to have the Senate Majority [Leader] Mitch McConnell, my friend, with us here today, Mitch.”