WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today called on the whole House to pass the bipartisan budget agreement, calling it a positive step towards addressing our debt and deficits.  Following are his remarks on the House floor:

“Let me thank Chairman Ryan and his Senate counterpart, Democrats and Republicans frankly on both sides of the Capitol who have worked hard to bring this agreement together.

“My colleagues, I think it’s pretty simple.  If you’re for reducing the budget deficit, then you should be voting for this bill.  If you’re for cutting the size of government, you should be supporting this budget.  If you’re for preventing tax increases, you should be voting for this budget.  If you’re for entitlement reform, you ought to be voting for this budget. 

“These are the things I came here to do – and this budget does them.

“Is it perfect?  Does it go far enough?  No, not at all.  I think it’s going to take a lot more work to get our arms around our debt and our deficits.  But this budget is a positive step in that direction.  It’s progress.

“It’s doing what the American people expect us to do, and that’s coming together and finding common ground.  Stick to our principles, but find common ground. 

“So again, I commend Chairman Ryan and Chairman Murray for their work.  And I urge all my colleagues to vote for this budget.”