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John Boehner: 'I did everything possible'

By John Boehner

Republicans are focused on the American people's No. 1 priority: jobs. And everyone knows that we can't get our economy moving again and create jobs without dealing with Washington's out-of-control spending. That's why I did everything possible to support the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.

Sadly, the so-called supercommittee was unable to reach agreement because President Obama and Washington Democrats insisted on dramatic tax hikes on American job creators, which would make our economy worse.

Throughout the process, Republicans made a series of serious, good-faith offers that included tax reforms that would lead to new revenue and more economic growth. The GOP proposals would get rid of special-interest tax breaks and loopholes and replace the current tax code with a system that would lower tax rates for every single American and help create jobs.

Not everyone in our party was happy we offered this tax reform, but Republicans put forth good-faith offers that would address Democrats' demands for more revenue.

Democrats, unfortunately, refused to offer anything they didn't previously support — insisting on a trillion dollar tax hike on job creators and nearly a trillion dollars in new "stimulus" spending.

I am not going to give up on the country, and neither will my Republican colleagues. We will continue to try to find common ground with Democrats to address what President Obama called the single biggest contributor to our deficits — health care costs, including Medicare and Medicaid — without job-killing tax hikes.

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is speaker of the House.