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WASHINGTON, DC – At a press conference with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed the balanced approach Republicans have put forth to avert the fiscal cliff through significant spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks: 

“You know, going over the fiscal cliff will hurt our economy and will hurt job creation in our country.  Republicans are committed to continuing to work with the president to come to an agreement to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. 

“It’s one reason why we believe that we’ve put revenue on the table as long as it’s accompanied by serious spending cuts to avert this crisis.  We believe that this fits the president’s request for a balanced approach to this issue, and we’re going to continue to work with the president to try to resolve this in a way that is fair for the American people. 

“We all know that we’ve had this spending crisis coming at us like a freight train and it has to be dealt with.   And in order to try to come to an agreement Republicans are willing to put revenue on the table, but it’s time for the president and Democrats to get serious about the spending problem that our country has.  But I’m optimistic that we can continue to work together to avert this crisis, and sooner rather than later.”