(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, House Speaker John Boehner challenges President Obama to urge the Senate to move on bipartisan-backed energy bills already passed in the house.
This week, the House approved a budget hatched by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that Speaker Boehner says will "remove barriers to job creation." With this legislation, Boehner says policies blocking domestic energy production and driving up gas prices on Americans will also be cut. But this bill's fate is uncertain, once it reaches the Democratic-controlled Senate, Boehner warns.
"You see, the Senate hasn't passed a budget in more than 1,000 days, a failure of leadership that has contributed to Washington's 'stimulus' spending binge," he says in the address.
What's more, Boehner says the House has passed other measures, "several of which would implement the Republicans' 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy to address rising gas prices and help create jobs."
Speaker Boehner calls out the president, saying he "assured leaders in Congress there was room for common ground," but instead, he blocked the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline along with the project's potential jobs.
"He also successfully urged Senate Democrats to take up energy tax legislation that won't lower the price of gas, and according to the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, would actually make it more expensive," Boehner says. After these two actions by President Obama, the Speaker adds, "Clearly the president has some sway over Senate Democrats."
"So today I'm challenging President Obama to make good on his rhetoric and urge the Senate to allow a vote on bipartisan, House-passed energy bills," Boehner declares. "Let's seize on our own common ground and move forward on a path to a real 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy."
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