House Speaker John Boehner says the sooner the government starts addressing its fiscal problems, the sooner the economy will begin to improve. Boehner spoke with employees of Vinylmax, a window manufacturer in Hamilton, during a tour of the company's plant Monday.
He says investors and business people around the country are looking for some certainty about what Washington is going to do.
"I think if they see us begin to make changes in the way we spend, reforms in the way these programs operate, I think it will give them confidence that they can begin to invest in this economy," said Boehner.
Boehner says the government needs to get back to the basics, starting with passing a budget.
He made his comments the day before President Obama's State of the Union address. The President is expected to talk Tuesday night about his plans for deficit reduction and job creation, as well as heading off automatic spending cuts that take effect March 1.