Boehner: 'Jobs and Energy Bills' Come First; No Mention of Obamacare

Susan Jones | November 5, 2014 | 5:25am EST
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio at a news conference on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( - House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), declaring himself "humbled" by Tuesday night's many Republican wins, says it's not time to celebrate, it's time to pass jobs, energy, tax and regulatory reform bills:

"It's time for government to start getting results and implementing solutions to the challenges facing our country, starting with our still-struggling economy," Boehner said in a statement.

"Americans can expect the new Congress to debate and vote soon on the many common-sense jobs and energy bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years with bipartisan support but were never even brought to a vote by the outgoing Senate majority, as well as solutions offered by Senate Republicans that were denied consideration.  

"I’ve also put forth a five-point roadmap for harnessing the emerging energy boom in America, resetting our economy and restoring the American Dream for our children and grandchildren. It calls for fixing our tax code, solving our spending problem, reforming our legal system, reforming our regulatory system, and improving our education system."

Boehner said Republicans have set those priorities by listening to their constituents, and he urged Obama to "work with us," rather than launch a "counterattack on the new majority."

"This is a time for solutions to get our economy moving again, and we’re eager to get to work,” Boehner said.

Under Boehner's leadership, the House has passed dozens of bills -- more than fifty -- to repeal Obamacare; and as recently as August 8, Boehner was complaining about the Democrats' health care law driving up insurance costs for families and small businesses:

"In just two years, Ohioans have now seen their insurance premiums spike by 53 percent on average – it’s simply unconscionable," Boehner said in an Aug. 8 statement.

"Every story that piles on further strengthens my resolve to continue fighting to repeal this law and start over with patient-centered reforms that will actually lower health care costs and protect jobs."

Also See:

Boehner Vows Republicans Will Do 'Everything We Can' to Repeal Obamacare (Nov. 2010)

House Conservatives to Boehner: Defund Obamacare Now (July 2012)

Boehner Capitulates: ‘Obamacare is the Law of the Land’ (Nov. 2012)

Boehner: House Will Fund Obamacare in CR; Won't Risk 'Shutting Down the Government' (March 2013)

Boehner Non-Committal on Defunding Obamacare Mandate Through Must-Pass CR Bill (July 25, 2013)

Boehner: House Will Pass CR That Defunds Obamacare (Sept. 2013)

Boehner: ‘We Want to Repeal Obamacare’  (Oct. 2013)

Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries (Sept. 2014)

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