WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted the dozens of jobs bills passed by the House that remain stalled in the Democratic-led Senate. Boehner also discussed the House’s ongoing oversight of the Obama administration and its actions on Benghazi, IRS targeting, the impact of the president’s health care law, and more. Following are Boehner’s remarks:
Boehner on House-Passed Jobs Bills Stalled in the Democratic-Run Senate:
“You know, the House is the body that’s closest to the American people, and the American people want us to focus on jobs. That’s what the House has done this year, and it’s what we’re going to continue to do in the new year.
“Just this year, we’ve passed bills related to energy, education, regulation, innovation, health care, workplace flexibility, cyber security, job training – to just name a few of the bills. There are literally dozens of bills that are sitting in the United States Senate awaiting action. And I hope before they get out of town, the Senate will get off its rear end and actually pass some of them.
“We’re going to keep that laser focus on jobs in the coming year, as we’ll continue to do the oversight that we’re expected to do under our constitution.”
Boehner on the House Fulfilling Its Oversight Responsibilities:
“All year long, House Republicans have been fulfilling our constitutional obligation to provide oversight. I want to thank our committee chairmen as well as Leader Cantor and his team for leading this effort.
“When we learned that the IRS was improperly targeting conservative groups, our investigators conducted more than 50 interviews and have reviewed a half a million pages of documents related to that one investigation.
“After losing four Americans in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, we launched an aggressive, ongoing, multi-committee investigation to find out what happened – and why this administration has not brought those terrorists to justice.
“And in the lead up to and following the launch of the president’s health care law, we’ve been asking questions that the American people want answers to: Why did the president mislead the American people when he promised they could keep their health care plan? Why is ObamaCare forcing Americans to lose access to the doctors they like? Why are health care premiums and deductibles spiking for so many Americans? What everyone has learned is the law is a disaster, and all this important oversight work will continue into the new year.”
Boehner On Today’s House Vote on the Bipartisan Budget Agreement:
“Finally, today, later on we’ll consider the Bipartisan Budget Act. It’s not everything that we wanted, but it advances conservative policy and moves us in the right direction. And I want to thank Chairman Ryan and Senator Murray for the work that they’ve done on behalf of the Congress and, frankly, on behalf of the American people.”