Republican Leadership Press Conference
“We agree with the President: middle-class families are struggling right now. And that’s exactly why they need to be empowered. They need to be empowered with lower taxes, fewer costs, and a simpler, fairer tax code. “
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL)
Chair McMorris Rodgers, Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:
“For far too long, the story has been the same. Hardworking Americans tightening their belts because of rising costs at home; moms and dads working double shifts to pay their bills and make ends meet; college graduates saddled with debt and struggling to find their first job. Last night, I had hoped President Obama would stand up for them, but instead, he stood up for Washington. He stood up for the old, outdated, top-down approach of the past – while Republicans will stand for an open, organic, bottom-up vision for the future.
“You see, we agree with the President: middle-class families are struggling right now. And that’s exactly why they need to be empowered. They need to be empowered with lower taxes, fewer costs, and a simpler, fairer tax code. President Obama’s top-down approach does exactly the opposite.
“In the last three weeks alone, America’s New Congress has advanced legislation to expand job opportunities for the middle class – and this is just the beginning. We want to make your life better. We want to grow America’s economy, not Washington’s economy. And we want the state of our union to be stronger. So we as President Obama – yet again – to work with Congress and join us in that effort.”