In a press conference with Republican leaders yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged Senate Democrats to consider 20 bipartisan, House-passed jobs bill that are stuck in the Senate. The Speaker also cited progress on jobs, saying the House would send two jobs bills to President Obama for his signature this week and reaffirmed House Republicans’ intent to unveil a new jobs bill linking expanded energy production to infrastructure reform. Below is the text of Speaker Boehner’s remarks
You know, American families and small businesses continue to struggle, looking for the economy to improve and more jobs to be created. This week, the House will take up the three percent withholding penalty for those who do business with the government, and the veterans hiring bill. These are two bills that are part of our plan for American job creators. The Senate has dealt with them and we will pass them this week and send them to the President for his signature.
“But there are still 20 bills in the United States Senate that will help our economy, and help put Americans back to work. I call on the President and Democrats in the Senate to take up these bills. Let the Senate speak, let the American people speak, because I believe all 20 of these bills passed the House with bipartisan support and they can pass the United States Senate.
“Also this week, we’re going to make clear our intent to introduce a bill to expand American energy production and rebuild America’s infrastructure. No earmarks in this bill, both of these issues will help put Americans back to work. We need to get it introduced, and frankly, we need to get it passed.”