Speaker Boehner: Job Creators in America Are Essentially On Strike | Speaker.gov
In remarks to the Economic Club of Washington, DC, Speaker Boehner said “job creators in America are essentially on strike,” paralyzed by “the constant threat of new taxes, out-of-control spending, and unnecessary regulation from a government that is always micromanaging, meddling, and manipulating.” Boehner also highlighted the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators which is focused on removing these obstacles to job creation. Read the full remarks as prepared here, and watch the address and check out examples of early coverage of the speech below:

Boehner said Republicans will continue to seek common ground with the White House on removing barriers to private-sector job growth, but President Obama’s plan is “a poor substitute for the pro-growth policies that are needed” to “put America back to work.” Here’s a look at the early coverage:

  • ‘Some of the president’s proposals offer opportunities for common ground,’ Boehner said. However, Boehner also revealed his disappointment with Obama’s jobs plan (the American Jobs Act). ‘The president’s proposals are a poor substitute for the pro-growth policies that are needed to remove barriers to job creation in America,’ Boehner professed.” (Boehner Urges Debt Committee to Consider Tax Reform, The State, 9/15/11)
  • “‘Job creators in America basically are on strike,’ he said. ‘My message to Washington today on their behalf: this isn't that hard. We need to liberate our economy from the shackles of Washington. Let our economy grow.’” (Boehner counters Obama jobs pitch with call to 'liberate' economy, Los Angeles Times, 9/15/11)
  • “Boehner said businesses and job creators are facing a ‘triple threat’ from government with too many burdensome regulations, out of control spending and a tax code that ‘discourages investment and rewards special interests.’” (Boehner wants deficit panel to look at tax code, CBS News, 9/15/11)
  • “‘Tax increases, I think, are off the table,’ Boehner said in a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. ‘It's a very simple equation. Tax increases destroy jobs. And the Joint Committee is a jobs committee. Its mission is to reduce the deficit that is threatening job creation in our country.’ The only things the 12-person super committee should tackle are spending cuts and entitlement reform, he said.” (Boehner: No tax hikes for super committee, CNN, 9/15/11)
  • “‘The [Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction] can develop principles for broad-based tax reform that will lower rates for individuals and corporations while closing deductions, credits, and special carve-outs in our tax code. And I hope it will,’ he said. ‘Yes, tax reform should include closing loopholes. Not for purposes of bringing more money to the government. But because it’s the right thing to do.’” (Boehner says no new taxes for debt panel, Washington Post, 9/15/11)
  • “‘I’m not opposed to responsible spending to repair and improve infrastructure,’ Boehner said during a speech at the Economic Club of Washington. ‘But if we want to do it in a way that truly supports long-term economic growth and job creation, let’s link the next highway bill to an expansion of American-made energy production.’ … Boehner said, arguing that expanding domestic energy production would improve the economy and create jobs.” (Boehner: Tie next highway bill to drilling expansion, The Hill, 9/15/11)
  • “Mr. Boehner categorically ruled out a government shutdown or debt default on his watch, called for a highway bill to be combined with U.S. energy exploration, and warned of a long-lasting spiral of economic and social decline he said is setting in. ‘The anger many Americans have been feeling in recent years is beginning to turn into fear — fear of our future,’ Mr. Boehner said in a speech to the Economic Club of Washington.” (Boehner: Ire over economy becoming fear, Washington Times, 9/15/11)