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Boehner: Where are the jobs?

At his weekly press conference, Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) once again asked where the jobs were that Democrats said would result from increased federal spending. The Waxman-Markey energy bill, he said, will only make the job situation worse.

"When it comes to energy, Washington Democrats are poised to make matters worse by imposing a job-killing energy tax courtesy of Speaker Pelosi," Boehner said. "This really is about shipping millions of American jobs overseas."

At her weekly press conference earlier in the morning, Pelosi called the legislation a "jobs bill" and said energy independence and lowering pollution in the air was in the country's interest. Boehner disagreed.

"This bill will also cost 2.3 to 2.7 million Americans their jobs," said Boehner. "That's because high-energy industries like the steel-making industry won't be located in the United States anymore. They are going to be shipped to our competitors such as China, India, South Korea who don't even have half of the EPA guidelines and environmental guidelines that we have here in America."

While confident they'll have enough votes to pass the bill, Pelosi said the vote count is never really known until the actual roll call takes place. When asked about vote count, Boehner was skeptical it would even get to the House floor tomorrow, as Democrats still haven't put it on the official schedule. "Rumors," Boehner said. "I don't think they have the votes yet."

"Mark my words, the American people are going to remember this vote," Boehner said. "This will be a defininig moment and a defining vote in this Congress. And the real question is where are the Democrats going to stand on this issue."