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Speaker Boehner on ABC’S This Week: Washington Must Lift The Cloud of Uncertainty Over Economy

Appearing today on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Speaker Boehner called on President Obama to begin to work now with Republicans to address our spending-driven debt and the tax hikes that will hit families and small businesses on January 1 if Washington fails to act.  Boehner also discussed the GOP’s Plan for America’s Job Creators, and the more than 30 jobs bills that remain stuck in the Democratic-controlled Senate.  Video and key excerpts are included below:

BOEHNER URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO JOIN WITH REPUBLICANS IN ADDRESSING DEBT AND LOOMING TAX HIKES BEFORE NOVEMBER’S ELECTION:

“The American people are still asking the question, ‘where are the jobs?’ and dealing with our deficit and our debt would help create more economic growth in the United States.  And it would lift this cloud of uncertainty that's causing employers to wonder, ‘what's next?’ [D]ealing with our debt and deficit are critically important… The real issue here is, will the president lead?”

BOEHNER SAYS GOP-RUN HOUSE IS ACTING TO HELP CREATE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR JOBS:

“Republicans are still the minority in Washington… Democrats control the Senate, we’ve got a Democrat in the White House...  Look through all these job bills over in the Senate.  Thirty of them sitting over there, part of our Plan for America’s Job Creators.  All of them passed [the House] with bipartisan support… We’ve done a budget.  Where is the Senate? [It’s been] 1,120 days since they have passed a budget.”

BOEHNER ON GOV. ROMNEY’S BACKGROUND AND PRO-GROWTH POLICIES:

“I think Mitt Romney has had a very successful career and I think his prescriptions for fixing our economy are a lot better than the president’s.  The issue is going to be the economy.  And I believe Romney’s proposals will strengthen the economy and get more Americans back to work.”

BOEHNER SAYS WHILE GOP MAJORITY IS WELL-POSITIONED FOR NOVEMBER, HE’S TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED:

“I feel pretty good where we are here today.  My job is as the leader, is to make sure that, if everything falls apart that we still have the tools to hold on to majority in the House.  We've got 89 freshman members running for re-election… I think most of our members are doing very well.  But again, you never know what’s going to happen over the next six months.  My job is to make sure our team is prepared.”