Transcript: House Speaker John Boehner’s remarks on sequestration on Feb. 14, 2013
Partial transcript of press briefing remarks by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Feb. 14, 2013:
On Tuesday, the President laid out his agenda and it’s one I largely disagree with. Notably, I think it lacked any new ideas to give hope to the millions of Americans still asking the question “Where are the jobs?” It was largely more of the same – more tax hikes, more stimulus spending.
And the President likes to attack Congress but if he’s serious about enacting his agenda, I think it must start with a part of this Congress – his part that he controls – the United States Senate. You know, what can he get passed in the United States Senate?
The President wants to propose a national cap and trade energy tax – I would hope the Senate Democrats would take it up. The President wants more stimulus spending that doesn’t create jobs, I would expect the United States Senate to go ahead and take it up. The President wants more tax hikes that destroy jobs, then his Democratic allies in the Senate ought to take it up. This isn’t the agenda that many Americans are looking for and I think many in the President’s own party won’t support those ideas.
And now, we’re going to continue to focus on what the American people’s top priorities are: Creating jobs and cutting spending.
For the last 2 years, the House has done its work. We’ve passed legislation to tackle the tough challenges that America faces only to see our Senate colleagues do nothing. Well, those days are over. The House will continue to meet our obligations but Senate Democrats must begin to do their work. And that’s why we’ve passed the No Budget, No Pay Act requiring the Senate to pass a budget for the first time in 4 years. And that’s why we’re going to insist that they finally pass a plan to replace the President’s sequester. This sequester was the President’s idea; his party needs to follow through on their plans to replace them.
I’ve made it perfectly clear: The sequester – I don’t like it. No one should like it. But the sequester is there because the President insisted that it be there. Where’s the President’s plan to replace the sequester that he insisted upon?
The sequester will be in effect until there are cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next 10 years. Period.
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