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Boehner: GOP to Focus on Debt, Not Immigration or Climate

Jan 23, 2013
(The Hill)

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that House Republicans would keep their focus on budget deficits in the coming weeks, after President Obama’s inaugural address called for action on climate change, immigration and a host of other issues.

"We're going to continue to focus – especially here over this next 90-, 120-day period – on bringing some fiscal responsibility to Washington,” Boehner told reporters.

Boehner’s remarks came a day before the House is scheduled to vote on a measure that would take the debt ceiling off the table until May, while also looking to pressure the Senate into passing a budget for the first time since 2009.

In the months to come, Washington also faces looming sequester cuts and the expiration of a measure to fund the government, deadlines which some conservatives hope can force action on spending restraint.