VIDEO: Thanksgiving in Ohio
Posted by Press Office on November 27, 2013
He’s written about what he’s thankful for. He’s picked up the turkey. He’s started on the brine. Now Congressman Boehner shares a Thanksgiving message with his constituents and families across the country. Take a look:
The video follows Congressman Boehner to the Bowman Landes Turkey Farm – where he’s been getting his turkey for years – and then back to his kitchen. As a bonus, you’ll hear from Carl Bowman, co-owner of the farm, about what it’s like having John Boehner as a customer and, of course, a congressman.
Touring Local Small Business, Boehner Talks ObamaCare & Jobs
Posted by Press Office on November 25, 2013
Congressman Boehner spent the morning at Repacorp, a family-owned small manufacturer located in his district, meeting with employees and going on a tour of the plant, where they make stock, custom, and digital labels.
The biggest concern raised during the visit was the president’s health care law, which stands to dramatically increase the company’s costs and force its leaders to make tough choices. Boehner, a former small business owner, noted that ObamaCare isn’t the typical red tape entrepreneurs face; it stands to hurt family-owned manufacturers like Repacorp for years to come.
Celebrating Small Business Saturday
Posted by John Boehner on November 24, 2013
With Small Business Saturday just around the corner, I hope you’ll take a moment to watch this video:
In it, I talk about my own experience running a small business, and how I take great pride in the work our entrepreneurs are doing, especially when things are so tough out there.
Boehner Reflects on 11/22/63: “We All Put Our Heads Down On Our Desks and Prayed”
Posted by Press Office on November 22, 2013
With the nation reflecting today on President Kennedy’s assassination, here’s the text of a short “Where Were You When You Heard?” essay Congressman Boehner contributed to LIFE Magazine:
“I was sitting in my eighth-grade class at Sts. Peter & Paul School. It was about two or two fifteen in the afternoon. The teacher was Sister Mary Theresa. There wasn’t any chaos really, just anxiety. And we all put our heads down on our desks and prayed.
“That’s really my most vivid memory of those days, prayer. Prayed in school, prayed when we got home, went to church. It was quiet around the house for days, mostly because we were all glued to the television watching the news and then the funeral, which was on Monday. Having the day off from school for the funeral, that’s when it really hit home that this was a national tragedy.
“Ours was a family of Kennedy Democrats. Not politically – we were conservative – but personally. People liked Kennedy. World War II guy, young family, optimistic. Had gotten us through the Cuban Missile Crisis. So that’s how people took the loss: personally, like a death in the family. There was shock, but great camaraderie. Everyone came together, especially in terms of grieving for Jackie and the kids. I never thought I’d live to see another day like that.“Then 9/11 happened.”
Video: Congressman Boehner Shares Stories from Ohioans Struggling Under ObamaCare
Posted by Press Office on October 24, 2013
Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following video message sharing just a few of the hundreds of devastating stories he has received from Eighth District constituents about the effects the president’s health care law is having on their lives.
Over the past few months, Congressman Boehner has heard from constituents from all walks of life who are dealing with the negative effects of the president’s health care law. The stories range from those who have lost their employer health care (like the employees at Poelking Lanes in Ohio’s Miami Valley), to those whose premiums have gone through the roof. . .from the job creators who have frozen their hiring because of the uncertainty around this law, to those small business owners who believe they will have to close up shop if they are forced to pay these unmanageable rates.
Another Family Business Forced to Cut Benefits and Stop Hiring Full-Time Workers Because of ObamaCare Costs
Posted by Press Office on October 22, 2013
Poelking Lanes is a family-owned business with four bowling alleys throughout Ohio’s Miami Valley that has been around for 74 years. Sadly, because of the president’s health care law, the Poelking family recently had to reluctantly inform their 150 employees that the family business has been forced to drop the health care coverage Poelking Lanes has long provided for its employees.
Joe Poelking told Jack Atherton (@JackA2245) of WRGT in Dayton, Ohio, that eliminating their employees’ health care benefits was a difficult decision. “Very tough. It’s family,” Poelking said.
In addition, Mr. Poelking discussed the way the president’s health care law has affected the growth of their family business. “We are really not hiring full time employees. We are hiring part-time employees,” Poelking said. “With what’s going on with the mandate, we really can’t afford to be hiring full time employees.”
Congressman Boehner has vowed that the effort to provide fairness for all Americans must go on. “Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care law will continue,” Boehner said recently. “We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law's massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.”
Watch a clip below from FOX 45 and watch the full story here.
Government Report: GM “Pressured” to Favor President’s Union Allies in Auto Bailout
Posted by Press Office on September 12, 2013
Congressman Boehner (OH-08), Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10), and Republicans in Congress have been working for years to get to the bottom of the Obama administration’s role in the decision to protect the pensions of the union employees during the 2009 auto bailout while non-union salaried retirees lost much or all of theirs.
“Delphi salaried retirees, including hundreds in the Dayton area, saw their pensions cut by 30 to 70 percent” during the auto bailout, says the Dayton Daily News. But while their pensions were getting cut, “GM— which once owned Delphi — chose to bolster the pension payments of union-represented Delphi retirees …”
Why the different treatment for unions? The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee examined that question in a hearing this week. The committee looked at a new report from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), Christy Romero. According to the Dayton Daily News, the report says:
“General Motors leaders felt ‘pressured’ to make whole the pensions of union-represented Delphi retirees as the federal government guided the automaker out of bankruptcy four years ago, an investigator told a U.S. House committee Wednesday.”
As Congressman Turner pointed out, the SIGTARP report “completely discredits the administration’s statement that they did not influence GM and were not involved in GM’s or the PBGC’s decision making.”
The SIGTARP report and the statements made by witnesses at yesterday’s hearing show that the Obama administration did in fact play a role in picking winners and losers in the auto bailout. So now it must finally answer the question: why did it give different treatment to union-represented retirees than it gave to non-union, salaried retirees?
The House remains committed to holding the administration accountable for its actions in the Delphi case. As Boehner reiterated in a recent column, “it’s about economic freedom, jobs, and the very real implications of an out-of-control government picking winners and losers – and we aren’t about to let up.”
Boehner Invites Vets to Information Night
Posted by Press Office on September 04, 2013
In a recent video message, Congressman Boehner invited veterans from across the Eighth District to attend an upcoming information night with Boehner staff and representatives from the Cleveland VA Regional Office, VA medical centers, Ohio Department of Veterans Services, and County Veterans Service Officers. As Boehner explains in the video, these events aim to provide assistance and information to constituents about services for veterans available in Ohio. Please see below for event details and find an informational flyer here.
Monday, September 9, 2013
315 High Street, 1st Floor
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
“Hi, I’m John Boehner.
“I’d like to personally invite you to attend one of our upcoming veteran’s information nights here in the Eighth Congressional District.
“These informational sessions will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about your disability claims, receive the latest information directly from the VA, and much more.
“To make sure you can find one of these close to home, my office will host three nights around our district.
“The first one is in Hamilton on September 9th. The second in Greenville on September 10th. And the last session is in Springfield on September 12th.
“If you’d like to learn more or you’d like to sign up in advance, please visit my website at johnboehner.house.gov.
“I hope you are able to make it, and thank you for your service.”
Constituent Mailbag: What’s Congress Doing to Tackle High Energy Prices?
Posted by Press Office on June 28, 2013
Congressman Boehner recently received an email from Floyd, a small businessman from West Chester, asking what Congress is doing to address high energy prices. In response, Boehner recorded a brief message highlighting two “all of the above” energy bills passed by the House of Representatives this week. These bills – both part of our Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs – will expand offshore energy production to create new American jobs, and help lower costs for families and small businesses.
Read more about these two bills here and take a minute to watch Boehner’s message below:
“Hi, I’m John Boehner.
“I recently received an email from Floyd, a small businessman from West Chester, Ohio, who told me that high energy costs are hurting his business, and he’d like to know what I’m doing to help bring down the prices.
“Floyd, House Republicans are committed to a true all-of-the-above energy approach that will lower energy prices and create good American jobs.
“That means we want to see more affordable energy options for the country, not less.
“To this end, the House will vote this week on two more bills that will expand American energy production. One of those bills is the Offshore Energy & Jobs Act, will increase energy production by unlocking our nation’s most resource-rich offshore areas.
“Rest assured, Floyd, addressing the high cost of energy by removing unnecessary government barriers to responsible domestic energy production will remain a top priority for the House.
“Thanks again for your question.
“If you have a question that you’d like to ask, please visit JohnBoehner.House.gov and contact me today.”
Hundreds of Thousands of Ohio Students Will Face Higher Interest Rates if Democrats Don’t Act
Posted by Press Office on June 18, 2013
Interest rates on student loans will double on July 1st unless the Democratic-controlled Senate follows the GOP-led House and acts on a solution. As recently reported by the Columbus Dispatch, if the interest rate doubles it would affect “361,857 students at public and private Ohio colleges.”
To protect students in Ohio and across the country, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Smarter Solutions for Students Act on May 23rd. This bill “echoes a plan” by President Obama to tie loans to a market-based rate and get politicians out of the student loan business for good.
Unfortunately, the president’s Democratic-controlled Senate still hasn’t passed a bill that keeps rates from doubling, let alone a long-term solution to fix this problem.
Congressman Boehner expressed his concerns about the political posturing in Washington last week saying, “I’m now concerned that the president and his party have decided to deliberately allow rates to rise on students and families after July 1. Instead of engaging with the House and Senate Republicans to enact a student loan fix that we all agree is needed, they seem to be intent on picking a fake fight to create some kind of a distraction.”
Learn more about the Smarter Solutions for Students Act here and visit gop.gov/jobs to read more about the Republican Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs.