WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) previewed upcoming House legislation – the Spending Control & Economic Growth Act – that will tie an increase in the debt limit to spending cuts and pro-growth reforms, a policy backed by the majority of Americans. At the briefing, Boehner also urged the Senate to approve House-passed legislation protecting all Americans from the president’s health care law. Following are Boehner’s remarks:
“Listen, the American people don’t want the president’s health care bill and they don’t want the government to shut down. Republicans are listening, we passed a bill last week that would do just what the American people have asked. It’s time for the Senate to listen and pass the bill that we sent over there.
“On the debt limit, we’re going to introduce a plan that ties important spending cuts and pro-growth reforms to a debt limit increase.
“Now the president says, ‘I’m not going to negotiate.’ Well, I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work that way. We’re not going to ignore Washington’s spending problem and we’re not going to accept this ‘new normal’ of a weak economy, no new jobs, and shrinking wages.
“So, we need to strengthen our economy for all Americans - and we need to deal with Washington’s spending problem.”