WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) challenged Senate Democrats to take up and pass President Obama’s agenda for more tax hikes and ‘stimulus’ spending.  He also called on them to pass a budget – which they have failed to do in nearly four years  – and a plan to replace the president’s sequester that is just weeks away. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:

ON THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA BEING MORE OF THE SAME TAX HIKES & FAILED ‘STIMULUS’ SPENDING:

“On Tuesday the president laid out his agenda, and it’s one I largely disagreed with. 

“Notably, I think it lacked any new ideas to give hope to the millions of Americans still asking the question, where are the jobs?  It was largely more of the same: more tax hikes, more ‘stimulus’ spending.”

ON THE NEED FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA’S AGENDA TO START WITH THE DEMOCRATIC-LED SENATE:

“And the president likes to attack Congress, but if he’s serious about enacting his agenda, I think it must start with the part of this Congress that his party controls - the United States Senate.  You know, what can he get passed in the United States Senate?

“If the president wants to impose a national cap-and-trade energy tax, I would hope that Senate Democrats would take it up.  If the president wants more ‘stimulus’ spending that we know doesn’t create jobs, I would expect the United States Senate to go ahead and take it up.  If the president wants more tax hikes that destroy jobs, then his Democrat allies in the Senate ought to take it up.

“This isn’t the agenda that many Americans are looking for – and I think many in the president’s own party won’t support those ideas.” 

ON HOUSE REPUBLICANS CONTINUING TO FOCUS ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S TOP PRIORITIES:

“In the House, we’re going to continue to focus on what the American people’s top priorities are – creating jobs and cutting spending.

“For the last two years, the House has done its work.  We’ve passed legislation to tackle the tough challenges that America faces only to see our Senate colleagues do nothing.  Those days are over.”

ON THE NEED FOR SENATE DEMOCRATS TO PASS A BUDGET & A PLAN TO REPLACE THE PRESIDENT’S SEQUESTER:

“The House will continue to meet our obligations – but Senate Democrats must begin to do their work. 

“That’s why we passed the No Budget No Pay Act – requiring the Senate to pass a budget for the first time in four years.  And that’s why we’re going to insist that they finally pass a plan to replace the president’s sequester.

“This sequester was the president’s idea – his party needs to follow through on their plans to replace it.”