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July 23, 2013

House Republicans to Obama: "What we need from the president is not just more speeches"

Stop making speeches, Republicans urged President Barack Obama Tuesday, and work with us on economic policy.

"Later on this week we're going to hear a series of speeches from the President as he says he's going to 'lay out his vision for an economy that puts the middle class front and center.' But the reality is, when you pull back the curtain and when you really look at what's going on with our economy, people continue to struggle," said House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., after GOP lawmakers met Tuesday morning.

She said that when she's home, small business owners often talk about the 2010 health care law.

And, she said, "I talk to moms that are still struggling with rising food prices, rising gas prices. Then we have college students that are facing these student loans increasing or the fact that some have graduated and they can't find a job – record high unemployment among our college grads.

"What we need from the President is not just more speeches. We need him to join in this effort to really get down to business and work on these issues. There's a long list of issues that we believe would help create economic growth, spur the economy, create jobs. Whether it's addressing the spending here in Washington, DC, tax reform, the record number of regulations coming out of this administration, health care, the list is long. We want to join in working with the President, not just giving speeches."   


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