Transcript: House GOP announces continuing resolution will lock in sequester cuts & de-fund Obamacare

Partial transcript of press conference remarks by House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor on the debt ceiling, efforts to de-fund Obamacare, and the pending continuing resolution to fund the federal government after Oct. 1st, 2013. The press conference was held on Sept. 18, 2013:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):

You know, the President thinks that American families and small businesses are doing just fine in this economy.

Speech after speech is about justifying his failed policies. And one of his biggest failures is adding $6 trillion to the national debt.

You know, for decades, Congresses and Presidents have used the debt limit for legislation to cut spending. And even President Obama worked with us two years ago in the debt limit negotiations to put control on spending.

This year is not going to be any different.

We’re going to continue to do everything we can to repeal the President’s failed health care law.

This week, the House will pass a CR [Continuing Resolution] that locks the sequester savings in and de-funds Obamacare.

The President has signed 7 bills over the last 2.5 years to make changes to Obamacare. I sincerely hope our friends in the Senate have plans to make this an eighth time.

The law’s a train wreck. The President has protected American big business; it’s time to protect American families from this unworkable law.

Press briefing Q&A:

Question: [Inaudible]

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
Listen, we’ve got a lot of divergent opinions in the caucus. The key to any leadership job is to listen. You know, I was here during the Gingrich era and he had a little plaque in his office and it was a management model: “Listen. Learn. Help. Lead.” We listened to our colleagues over the course of the last week. We have a plan that they’re happy with. We’re going forward.

Question: [Inaudible]

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
Listen, the fight over here has been won. The House has voted 40 times to de-fund change Obamacare, to repeal. It’s time for the Senate to have this fight. I’m not going to predict what the Senate’s going to do or not do.

Question: [Inaudible]

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
I’m not going to speculate on what the Senate is going to do or not do or what we’re going to do or not do because it’s very premature.

Question: [Inaudible]

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
There should be no conversation about shutting the government down. That’s not the goal here. Our goal here is to cut spending and to protect the American people from Obamacare. It’s as simple as that. There are no interests in our part of shutting the government down.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.):

…Now, we’d just come out of our conference and had a very good discussion on our work on a budget measure that will continue our record of reduced government spending and deals head-on with Obamacare.

Not since the Korean War has the federal government reduce spending 2 years in a row. We aim to make that happen.

And we aim to put a stop to Obamacare before it costs one more job or raises a family’s out-of-pocket expenses one more dollar.

And that fight will continue as we negotiate the debt limit with the President and the Senate.

In the coming week, we will unveil a plan to extend our nation’s ability to borrow while delaying Obamacare and protecting working middle-class families from its horrific effects.

Those discussions will also focus on a path forward on tax reform and the Keystone pipeline and variety of other measures designed to lower energy prices, simplify our tax system, and get our economy going for the middle-class working people of this country.

Together, we House Republicans will not ignore the problem of our debt or the problems facing the working middle-class of this country.

And so we hope and we ask that this President finally engage with Congress and work with us on behalf of the American families.


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