On a day that the House planned a vote to tighten work requirements for certain welfare recipients, Speaker John Boehner brushed aside questions about Mitt Romney’s characterization of people dependent on government support who need to “take personal responsibility for their lives.”
“The election is about jobs. It is not about anything else,” Boehner told reporters after a caucus of House Republicans. “You are going to have campaigns on both sides say things that get off the message,” which is “let’s stay focused on jobs,” he said.
The Ohio Republican also said he saw no contradiction between the vote to tighten work requirements for welfare programs and his mantra that “millions of Americans” are “continuing to ask the question ‘where are the jobs?'”
Requirements that welfare recipients get job training, complete school or look for work help “uplift people out of poverty into productive roles in society,” Boehner said hours before a planned House vote to overturn a new Obama administration rule waiving work requirements under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.