Boehner reports some bipartisan progress

Nov. 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday reports that Congress is hopelessly divided along party lines are somewhat exaggerated.

Boehner said the House of Representatives has moved forward on several fronts to encourage job growth, including controversial free-trade pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia.

"We have passed 22 bills with bipartisan support that would help reduce barriers to job growth," Boehner said Sunday on ABC's "This Week with Christiane Amanpour." "They all remain in the U.S. Senate, but you are going to see the House move, I think, before the end of the year on an infrastructure bill."

However, Boehner said he and his fellow Republicans remained steadfast against raising taxes on anyone, including the wealthy, whom he saluted as the nation's job creators. He instead urged limits on taxes as a means of stimulating the economy.

"I believe that we can create revenue out of fixing our tax code and bring that revenue to the table, as long as our colleagues on the other side of the aisle are serious about cutting spending," Boehner said.

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