Boehner and Obama put focus on small businesses in weekly addresses

Boehner and Obama put focus on small businesses in weekly addresses
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 8:56pm

(CNN) -- In weekly addresses focused on small business, Republicans told the federal government to "get out of the way," while President Obama pushed for Congress to embrace a minimum wage increase.

House Speaker John Boehner delivered the GOP weekly addresses from his home district in Ohio, where he recently made waves for poking fun at his fellow Republicans and their reluctance to support immigration reform.

But in his address released Saturday, Boehner defended the Republican record on small businesses and blamed Democrats in Congress for holding up legislation.

"The President said he wanted this to be a year of bipartisan action. Well, it still can be. We just need to get his party's leaders in the Senate to take up our jobs bills," Boehner said.

Boehner also leveled some criticism at Obama.

"For the last five years, we've had an administration in Washington that acts as if everything can be done from the top down," Boehner said, adding that "the people - not the government - shape our destiny."

Obama, in a weekly address taped at the White House and released Saturday morning, also highlighted Americans taking an active role in the economy. He spoke about a small business owner who raised employee's wages and wrote to the President about how it made good business sense by helping to retain good workers.

Obama signed an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal workers in February, and he pushed Congress to do the same for all workers.

"Republicans in Congress don't support raising the minimum wage. Some even want to get rid of it entirely," Obama said in his weekly address.

The President asked Americans to call their congressmen and tell them its "time to give the politics a rest for a while and do something to help working Americans."

"Right now, there's a bill that would boost America's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. That would lift wages for nearly 28 million Americans across the country," Obama said.

Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to come together on an issue that he says three quarters of Americans support.

"We know that our economy works best when it works for all of us - not just a fortunate few."

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