Boehner gives Sat. GOP address, says "get the federal government out of the way"

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Jan. 28, 2014
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Jan. 28, 2014
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House Speaker John Boehner Saturday delivered the weekly Republican address from the Hartzell Propeller plant in Piqua, Ohio, and said what he heard there was that "We need to get the federal government out of the way."

"We’re ready to improve job training programs so workers can acquire the right skills; expand production of American-made energy to lower costs; open new markets for small manufacturers; and repeal and replace Obamacare," the Ohio Republican insisted.

"The president said he wanted this to be a year of bipartisan action.  Well, it still can be.  We just need to get his party’s leaders in the Senate to take up our jobs bills.”

Democrats fought back.

"Speaker Boehner can try to paper over the Republican record, but he can’t run away from the facts. House Republicans have next-to-nothing to show for their time in the majority, aside from failed leadership, debilitating dysfunction, and a culture of crisis," said Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

"Consider what Americans just heard from the Speaker of the House.  Nowhere did he explain why Republicans refuse to enact comprehensive immigration reform or why Republicans have wasted so much time with 50 votes to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. Not once did he tell us when Republicans will allow a vote to increase the minimum wage or extend unemployment insurance, or why Republicans have failed to produce a single bill to create jobs

"The Speaker can deliver as many platitudes as he wants; no amount of rhetoric can hide the failures of this Republican Congress.," Hammill said.

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