Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Boehner on today's White House meeting

It seems there are a few who are concerned about the statements from House Majority Leader-elect John Boehner following today’s White House meeting. I contacted Cory Fritz, from Boehner’s office. This is his response:

Bob – on background…

I know there were a few today who criticized Boehner for saying he was willing to work with the President.  But Boehner has made it very clear on a number of occasions that while we are hopeful that we can work with the President to cut spending and help create new jobs, we will not compromise on our conservative principles or on the will of the American people.

Below are links to a press release highlighting Boehner’s remarks after the White House meeting, and a link to a McConnell-Boehner op-ed that appeared in today’s Washington Post.  As Boehner has indicated, we certainly hope we can work together with the President.  Our country is, literally, going broke.  The American people want us to focus on creating jobs, cutting spending, and reforming how Washington works.  We hope the President is willing to work with us on these priorities. 

Hope that helps clear things up – Cory

Boehner Statement on Meeting of President Obama and Congressional Leaders
Nov 30, 2010

Washington- House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-West Chester) participated in a media availability today following a meeting at the White House of President Obama and congressional leaders.  The meeting served as an opportunity to discuss the priorities of the American people, who want us to focus on creating jobs by stopping all the tax hikes and cutting spending.  This is the approach Republicans laid out in the Pledge to America, a governing agenda built by listening to the people. 

“It’s encouraging to see President Obama acknowledge that the American people want us to focus on creating jobs and cutting spending, but now it’s time to act,” Boehner said in a statement after the meeting. “If President Obama and Democratic leaders come up with a plan in the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop all the tax hikes, they can expect a positive response from Republicans.  If the lame-duck Congress is unable or unwilling to act, the new House majority will in January.”

Boehner also noted that President Obama has asked congressional leaders of both parties to select lawmakers to meet with Administration officials in the coming days regarding the looming tax hikes scheduled to take effect on January 1st.  Boehner announced that Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) would be the House GOP designee in these discussions.

Boehner added, “We appreciate President Obama’s interest in having informal discussions on stopping all the tax hikes, and we hope these talks are productive.  At the same time, this is no substitute for action.  Republicans made a pledge to America to cut spending and permanently stop all the tax hikes, and that’s exactly what we’re fighting for.


The Washington Post Op-Ed…

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