Speaker Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sat down for an interview with 60 Minutes to discuss the State of the Union and the new Congress’s focus on the people’s priorities.
Watch the full video of the interview on CBSNews.com and below, check out excerpts that may interest you.
Income inequality: “Frankly the president's policies have made income inequality worse. All the regulations that are coming out of Washington make it more difficult for employers to hire more people, chief amongst those, I would argue is Obamacare – which basically puts a penalty or a tax on employers for every new job they create.”
Imposing a higher minimum wage: “It’s a bad idea. I've had every kinda rotten job you can imagine growing up and getting myself through school. And I wouldn't have had a chance at half those jobs if the federal government had kept imposing higher minimum wage. You take the bottom rungs off the economic ladder.”
Israel PM Netanyahu’s address to Congress: “There's nobody in the world who can talk about the threat of radical terrorism, nobody can talk about the threat that the Iranians pose, not just to the Middle East and to and to Israel, our longest ally but to the entire world, but Bibi Netanyahu.”
The terrorist threat: “This problem is growing all over the world. And you know, the president is trying to act like it's not there. But it is there. And it’s going to be a threat to our homeland if we don't address it in a bigger way.”
The State of the Union: “I stare at the back of the president's head. And my goal is to make no news. … Although, inside, I've got a lotta things rollin' through my mind.”
The full transcript of the interview is available from CBS News. In separate web extra segments, Boehner discussed:
The president’s Cuba policy: “Why would you want to reward two brothers who have run Cuba for the last 60 years and have one of the worst human rights record throughout the whole world? We’ve got freedom fighters who have been trying to bring democracy to Cuba – we ought to be supporting them.”
ObamaCare: “ObamaCare is costing jobs in America. It’s raising costs for American families, and it’s destroying the doctor-patient relationship. …Moving towards a more patient-centered system would be in the nation’s best interest.”