Even there, Boehner wove regulatory reform arguments into his comments. “Removing some of the unnecessary government barriers that prevent our country from utilizing its vast energy resources could create millions of new jobs,” the Speaker said.
Despite heavy criticism of Obama’s jobs plan as unworkable and questioning the constitutionality of the administration’s governance, Boehner ended the speech with a return to House GOP leaders’ new bipartisan tack.
“Our economy is facing a broad-based, systemic crisis. As such, it will require everyone coming to the table with their best ideas first and leaving politics at the door, with the courage to listen to each other’s critiques and questions,” Boehner said.
“It means ending the name-calling, the yelling and the questioning of others’ motives. Leadership is about ending that nonsense, buckling down and getting to work,” he added.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.