In a Speaker’s Minute on the House floor today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed Republicans’ focus on employment and outlined specific steps the president can take to help create private-sector jobs and make this a year of bipartisan action:

“Today in our country, too many families and small business owners are struggling.  Unemployment remains too high, wages are stagnant, and prices for everything from gas to groceries are rising faster than paychecks.  The middle class is getting squeezed, and the policies from this Administration have not worked.

“Five years after the president took office, many Americans are still asking the question: ‘where are the jobs?’  Unfortunately, instead of helping to create jobs, the president is focused on making it easier to live without one.   The House is focused on making it easier to find a job – to break the status quo, not sustain it. 

“We have passed dozens of bills that are sitting in the Senate.  Our focus is on ending this new normal and improving employment, not unemployment.

“The president says he wants to make this year a ‘year of action.’  Sounds good to me.  He can start by calling on his leaders in the Senate to pass our jobs bills.  He can start by approving the Keystone pipeline and the tens of thousands of jobs it will create.  He can start by leading on Trade Promotion Authority that will help employers and provide more employment in our country.  He can start by working with us on education and skills training to give people more opportunities.

“Let’s make it a year of bipartisan action.  I’m sure the American people would welcome that.”