(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner on Friday responded to President Obama's White House press conference.
Read their statements after the jump:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“Like small businesses and families across the country, I was disappointed to hear the President insist on raising taxes on hundreds of thousands of small businesses and families across the country. The President spent a lot of time blaming others and talking about more government spending. But Americans want to know that Washington is going to stop the reckless spending and debt, the burdensome red-tape and job-killing taxes. They’re speaking up. They want to know that Washington is finally listening.
“But I agree wholeheartedly with the President that we need to do everything we can to fight al Qaeda, while being clear who the enemy is. And that Congress and the nation must remain resolved that Afghanistan can no longer serve as a sanctuary for al Qaeda.”
House Minority Leader John Boehner:
“With the American people still asking ‘where are the jobs?,’ both parties should work together to show the American people we’re listening and ready to act now to create jobs and get our economy moving again. Half-hearted proposals and full-throated political attacks won’t end the uncertainty that is keeping small businesses from creating jobs. Republicans have proposed a two-part plan to boost the economy now by freezing all tax rates for two years and cutting government spending to where it was before all the bailouts, government takeovers, and ‘stimulus’ spending sprees. This is a plan Congress can and should act on this month. If the president is serious about focusing on jobs, he should be willing to sit down with Republicans and discuss this new idea to get the economy moving again.
"Unfortunately, the appointment of Austan Goolsbee to be the president’s chief economist represents a commitment to more of the same failed ‘stimulus’ policies. This president urgently needs people around him who’ve created jobs in the private sector and understand the challenges small businesses face, people who aren’t wed to the worn-out notion that our nation can simply spend its way back to prosperity. I hope that the president will take this into account as the reshuffling of his economic team continues.”