WASHINGTON, DC - In a “speaker’s minute” speech on the House floor, Speaker John Boehner offered a prebuttal to the president’s economic speech today and touted the Republican plan for economic growth and jobs. Here are Boehner’s full remarks:
“Mr. Speaker, my colleagues, I was interested today to hear that the president was going to give a speech about the economy. After all, Republicans have a plan for growth and jobs, we’ve been focused on that plan, and we certainly welcome the president’s ideas.
“But the White House says it’s not expected to say anything new, and there are no new proposals in this speech. The president himself said it isn’t ‘going to change any minds.’
“All right, so exactly what will change? What’s the point? What’s it going to accomplish?
“You’ve probably got the answer: nothing. It’s a hollow shell, it’s an Easter Egg with no candy in it.
“If the president wants to help, he ought to approve the Keystone pipeline that has bipartisan support here in the House. He also ought to work with us in the bipartisan majority to delay the health care bill, to give the American people and their families and individuals the same break that he wants to give big businesses. And he ought to stop threatening to shut down the government unless we raise taxes.“Because Americans aren’t asking the question ‘where are the speeches?’ – they’re asking ‘where are the jobs?’”
NOTE: Visit gop.gov/jobs to learn more about Republicans’ Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.