Republican Leadership Press Conference
January 24, 2012
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX)
Congressman James Lankford (R-OK)
Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL)
Chairman Hensarling: “Before the president makes a new set of promises as he may in his State of the Union address, it would be good that all Americans look back at his previous promises.
“We were told that if we passed his ‘stimulus’ plan, jobs would be created and the economy would grow. We were told that his health care plan would help the economy. We were told Dodd-Frank would help the economy. And what is the reality?
“Almost two million more Americans have lost their jobs under President Barack Obama. We have the longest period of sustained high unemployment since the Great Depression, stuck at 8-9 percent. One in seven having to rely on food stamps—what’s fair about that? Now, according to the Census Bureau, almost half of Americans are either at poverty level or low income—what’s fair about that? And so again, before we hear a new set of promises, the American people need to know that the president’s policies have failed. That’s why he’s resorting to the politics of division and envy.
“But it is a new year, and there are new ideas that are out there. Some have been around for a while. House Republicans have a plan for America’s job creators. Mr. President, we tried your ideas, and your ideas have failed. It’s time to try some of ours so that the American people can get the jobs and economic recovery they so desperately need and deserve.”