DCCC chairman criticizes Boehner speech

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.) slammed House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for criticizing President Obama's jobs plan on Thursday.

"For 254 days, Speaker Boehner and his House Republicans have failed to pass a single initiative to help a single small business create a single job," Israel said in a statement. "The House Republican agenda has been the most hostile to creating jobs of any Congress we’ve seen in nearly 75 years."

Israel said Boehner's and House Republicans' resistance meant big oil and gas companies would continue to receive unfair tax breaks.

"Speaker Boehner and House Republicans refuse to make billionaires and Big Oil pay their fair share so we can help small businesses create real middle-class jobs," Israel continued. "The American people are demanding action to create jobs, but Speaker Boehner and House Republicans aren’t listening."

Israel's comments came a few hours after Boehner made a speech at the Economic Club of Washington in which the Speaker strongly slammed Obama's recently unveiled American Jobs Act as "a poor substitute for the pro-growth policies that are needed to remove barriers to job creation in America."

In the same speech, Boehner called on the deficit-reduction supercommittee to come to an agreement on tax reform and also expressed openness to closing tax loopholes. He said that tax increases aren't "a viable option" for the deficit-reduction group.

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