By Pete Kasperowicz - 07/24/13 04:15 PM EDT
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday criticized President Obama for pivoting to the economy with a series of speeches that he said won't offer any new ideas.
Boehner noted on the House floor that the White House has conceded that Obama's three speeches — the first of which is scheduled for Wednesday in Illinois — won't contain new proposals for job creation.
"The president himself said it isn't going to change any minds," Boehner said. "So what exactly will change? What's the point? What's it going to accomplish?
"You probably got the answer — nothing. It's a hollow shell. It's an Easter egg with no candy in it.
"And he ought to stop threatening to shut down the government unless we raise taxes," he said.
Several Republicans have panned Obama's "pivot" back to jobs and the economy and said Republicans have pushed to ease federal regulation in the name of job creation while Obama has been talking about race and immigration.
"Americans aren't asking, 'Where are the speeches?' They're asking, 'Where are the jobs,'" Boehner said.