Boehner: 'I've Got a Stack of Better Ideas'

By Susan Jones | April 29, 2014 | 10:51 AM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner. (AP File Photo)

( - In a Tuesday morning news conference, House Speaker John Boehner criticized Senate Democrats for taking up a minimum wage bill that, according to the Congressional Budget Office, could cost the economy at least half a million jobs.

"I've got a better idea," Boehner said. "Actually, I've got a stack of better ideas. They're the stacks of jobs bills that we've sent over to the United State Senate that they ought to be taking up and they ought to be passing.

"The president should pick up his phone and call Senate leaders to move these House-passed jobs bills and to provide better jobs for the American people -- more  jobs, and a higher standard of living."

Boehner used the word "jobs" eight times in a little over a minute -- 1:14 to be exact.

Later, in response to a question, Boehner dismissed his recent mockery of Republicans who worry that immigration reform is too difficult to tackle:

"There was no mocking," Boehner said. "You all know me. You know, you tease the ones you love. But some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure the members understood that the biggest impediment we have in moving immigration reform is that the American people don't trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass."

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told the news conference that Republicans next week will bring up a "bipartisan" bill to allow for the expansion of charter schools -- "to help families realize their kids' future by allowing a quality education for more folks in this country."

Cantor said Republicans also plan to bring up a bill expanding the research and development tax credit: "This is about jobs," he said. "We're going to stay focused on creating jobs and helping people see an America that works -- and one that works for more people."