U.S. Speaker John Boehner stresses 'common ground', not compromise at U of L appearance

10/31/2011 05:16 PM

LOUISVILLE — U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Monday that in the nuanced world of Washington politics his guiding principle is not to confuse finding “common ground” with compromising.

Boehner was at the University of Louisville as the latest guest of the McConnell Center, named after Kentucky’s senior senator.

In his first year as House speaker, Boehner said both political parties should look for “overlaps” in their own platforms and work to pass those agreements into law.

Boehner stressed jobs and the economy during his speech.

But he said he wasn’t a fan of President Barack Obama’s recent move to sign executive orders to help put parts of his agenda in motion without congressional approval.

Obama approved orders that allotted federal money to help veterans find jobs, help students pay off their college loans and help some people with their mortgages who are at risk of foreclosure.

And Boehner stressed that he still believes tax cuts are the best way to get the economy moving, after an audience member asked what evidence Boehner had that tax cuts do achieve that desired effect.


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