Boehner: Obama economic push a 'big set-up' for higher taxes

Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE (R-Ohio) panned President Obama’s newfound focus on the economy, saying his scheduled series of speeches this week were merely a “big set-up” for a push for higher taxes.

The Speaker and other House Republican leaders mocked Obama for giving more economic speeches while he ignored House-passed legislation aimed at boosting job growth.

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“If the president were serious about helping our economy, he wouldn’t give another speech. He’d reach out and actually work with us,” John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIt's time for McConnell to fight with Trump instead of against him How Republicans can bring order out of the GOP's chaos Republican donor sues GOP for fraud over ObamaCare repeal failure MORE said after a meeting of the Republican conference.

Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorEx-RNC spokesman: After Trump remarks how can I tell minorities to vote GOP Kelly’s challenge? Bringing stability to Trump White House Special interests hide behind vets on Independence Day MORE (R-Va.) said Obama was making “his umpteenth pivot” back to jobs and the economy.

“I say to the president, you know what? Actions speak louder than words,” Cantor said.

The GOP leaders cited House legislation to approve the Keystone oil sands pipeline, reduce regulations and delay implementation of the 2010 healthcare law as proposals opposed by the White House that would help the economy.

In an address Wednesday at Knox College in Illinois, Obama is expected to take credit for an economy that has improved modestly over the last year. While the speech is not expected to include a new policy agenda, it comes as Washington prepares for fall battles over a potential government shutdown and a need to raise the debt ceiling.

“This is all about a big set-up coming in this speech,” Boehner said. “The president wants to raise taxes so he can do more stimulus spending. The fact is, if we’re going to get rid of his sequester, we’re going to have to look for smarter spending cuts in order to do that.”

The Speaker reiterated that Republicans would not simply lift the debt ceiling without concessions from Democrats.

“We’re not going to raise the debt ceiling without real cuts in spending. It’s as simple as that,” Boehner said.