House Speaker John Boehner has pledged to "get to the bottom" of the controversies surrounding the White House, but insists he will continue focusing on the Republican agenda, with jobs as the top priority.
"The Congress has the responsibility to get to the truth," said the Ohio Republican in an interview with Politico. "Whether it's Benghazi, the IRS scandal, the whole situation with The Associated Press, our committees are going to do their job to get to the bottom."
While some of the scandals simply could be rooted in "gross incompetence,Boehner said, "the administration is guilty of "an arrogance of power" and is "just not leveling with people."
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"But having said that, our No. 1 priority is jobs, and it's the issue Americans are most concerned about…We're going to continue to stay focused on jobs. It's the issue," he said. Last week, Boehner highlighted a number of other priorities of the Republican-led House: energy independence, lowering healthcare costs, and simplifying the tax code.
The speaker acknowledged that investigating the controversies dilutes the focus on the legislative agenda, but that he's left with no choice.
"Around here, you just wake up every day and you never know what cards you're dealt. And in this case…we'd rather be focused somewhere else, spend more time on other things," he said.
"But when things like Benghazi happened and four Americans get killed and the administration stonewalls the American people and us for eight months, well, we've got a responsibility to look at it."
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