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Boehner on GMA: To Create Jobs, Let's Cut Spending & Stop The Tax Hike -- Now

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Uploaded on Sep 8, 2010

During an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) said both parties should work together this month to promote job creation by cutting spending to 2008 levels and freezing all tax rates for two years. Boehner set out this two-point plan for September action on the economy just hours before President Obama was scheduled to appear in Cleveland -- an event the White House has admitted is a direct response to an economic speech Boehner made in the same city two weeks ago. President Obama's latest economic proposals fall well short of what is needed to address the two main problems hampering job creation: excessive government spending and the uncertainty Washington Democrats' policies are causing small businesses. House Republicans' plan tackles both problems, immediately and decisively. Following are excerpts from Boehner's interview:

BOEHNER SETS OUT TWO-POINT PLAN FOR IMMEDIATE, BIPARTISAN ACTION ON THE ECONOMY:

"What I'd like to do is work on a bipartisan basis to do two things. First, instead of waiting until after the election to put together some big omnibus spending bill with a bunch of wasteful spending, why wouldn't we do this? Why don't we pass a bill this month at 2008 spending levels -- before the TARP, before the bailouts, before the 'stimulus' -- and let's put some certainty in the economy. ... Secondly, why wouldn't we work together to make it clear that all current tax rates will be extended for the next two years? What that will do is help small businesses, who have no clue what the coming tax rates are going to be, and give them some certainty. If we're able to do this together, I think we'll show the American people that we understand what's going on in the country and we'll be able to get our economy moving again and get jobs growing in America."

BOEHNER SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S PROPOSALS FALL WELL SHORT OF ADDRESSING THE TWO MAIN PROBLEMS HAMPERING JOB CREATION:

"I think the president is missing the bigger point here. ... With all of the spending in Washington, and all the uncertainty facing small businesses -- including the coming tax hikes on January 1st -- until this uncertainty and spending is under control, I don't think these are going to have much impact."

BOEHNER ON BEING THE TARGET OF WHITE HOUSE ATTACKS:

"I think it shows how out of touch the White House is. You know, the American people are asking the question, 'where are the jobs?' and yet, here's the White House, worrying about what I've got to say instead of working together to get our economy going again and to get jobs back in America."

BOEHNER ON GOP EFFORTS TO EARN BACK THE MAJORITY:

"We've got a lot of work to do, but when I travel the country and I travel my district, I've never seen the American people more engaged in this election and any election in my lifetime. So we've got a lot of work to do, but that's our goal: to earn back the majority so we can renew our efforts to drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable government in Washington, DC."

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