Fresh off his reelection as House speaker Wednesday afternoon, John Boehner emphasized the need for bold leadership in order to repair the ailing economy, telling reporters that job creation remains the top priority for congressional Republicans.
"Our majority is a primary line of defense for the American people against a government that spends too much, borrows too much when left unchecked," said Boehner, R-Ohio. "With so many challenges that are ahead of us, the American people need to see us act courageously, think selflessly and lead boldly. And our majority is up to the task, and I expect the president is, as well."
A short time earlier, the House Republican Conference voted Boehner in to another two-year term as speaker.
Boehner rejected the president's call earlier Wednesday for House Republicans to quickly pass Senate legislation that would extend middle class tax cuts, and he alternatively called on the Senate to take up House-passed legislation to extend all of the current tax rates for one year.
"Instead of the House moving on the Senate bill, the Senate ought to move on the House bill," Boehner said.