Boehner: Obama owes everyone an explanation
Speaker Boehner: President Obama Owes American People an Explanation for Outsourcing Taxpayer Dollars
WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press conference today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said “the president owes every American an explanation” on reports that ‘stimulus’ funds were outsourced to foreign firms and workers, while the unemployment rate has been stuck above eight percent for 41 months. Speaker Boehner also highlighted action Republicans are taking to create a better environment for private-sector job growth, including efforts to stop the president’s small business tax hike and pursue pro-growth tax reform. Following is the text of Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FAILED ECONOMIC POLICIES:
“You know, last week’s jobs report was just another reminder that President Obama’s policies haven’t just failed – they’ve actually made things worse.
“12.7 million Americans are on the unemployment rolls. Many more have thrown in the towel and have given up looking for work altogether. More women are unemployed today than when the president was inaugurated. And young Americans are ‘desperate’ for a full time job.
“The unemployment rate has been stuck at higher than eight percent for 41 consecutive months. This is the longest streak since the Great Depression. Remember, the president’s ‘stimulus’ spending binge was supposed to have us well below six percent unemployment by this point.”
ON THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S ‘STIMULUS’ OUTSOURCING:
“Instead, the Wall Street Journal and other media reports say the Obama administration outsourced ‘stimulus’ dollars to foreign companies and workers.
“Now Americans are not only asking the question ‘where are the jobs?,’ I think they have a right to know where the hell the Obama administration shipped their tax dollars overseas during a recession here at home. I think the president owes every American an explanation.”
ON REPUBLICANS’ ACTION TO REMOVE GOVERNMENT BARRIERS TO PRIVATE-SECTOR JOB GROWTH:
“President Obama and Democrats here in Congress have shown us what doesn’t work. More government, more spending, more taxes don’t create more jobs. That’s why the House has been focused on removing government barriers and getting Washington out of the way.
“We’ve passed more than 30 jobs bills, including bipartisan bills expanding energy production and projects like the Keystone pipeline. We voted to repeal the president’s health care law which is driving up the cost of health care and making it harder for small employers to hire new workers. And we’ll vote later this month to stop the federal government from imposing new regulations on the private sector.”
ON THIS MONTH’S HOUSE VOTE TO STOP THE PRESIDENT’S SMALL BUSINESS TAX HIKE:
“And at the end of the month, we’ll vote to stop the largest tax hike in history that’s due to hit the American people and small businesses on January 1.
“We’ll also lay the groundwork for tax reform that closes loopholes and lowers rates for all. Fixing the tax code will boost economic growth and create jobs by lowering taxes on companies so they can be more competitive with foreign competition. This will keep more jobs here in America and actually bring jobs that have gone overseas – bring them back home.”
ON SENATE DEMOCRATS REJECTING THE PRESIDENT’S SMALL BUSINESS TAX HIKE:
“Unfortunately, President Obama and Senate Democrats aren’t focused on jobs, and the president is out there campaigning for a tax hike on 900,000 small businesses that his own party won’t even support. In fact, Senate Democrats were given the chance by Senator McConnell to vote on the president’s tax hike and they rejected it.
“Listen, the American people are tired of the games. They want Washington to focus on jobs. Republicans are listening. And our colleagues across the aisle, unfortunately, aren’t.”