Boehner congratulates Ohio House Speaker Bill Batchelder on receiving the John M. Ashbrook Award
Posted by Press Office on March 06, 2014
“Like the late Ohio congressman, John M. Ashbrook, Speaker Batchelder exemplifies the principles and ideals of limited and free government,” Boehner said. “As a person who defends those very principles every day in the People’s House, I find that nobody deserves this award more than Bill Batchelder.
“During his more than 30 years of public service in the Ohio House, Bill has led Republicans to a supermajority and through a state budget crisis, earning the respect of Republicans and Democrats along the way. Anyone who has ever served with Bill Batchelder knows that when he gets up and speaks on the House floor, everyone listens. He’s been a big brother, a mentor, and he certainly helped me to do my job. As his legislative career comes to a close, I know his presence in the Ohio House will be greatly missed.”
NOTE: John M. Ashbrook served as an Ohio congressman and was co-founder of the American Conservative Union. To learn more about the Ashbrook Center and its efforts to restore and strengthen the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government, visit www.ashbrook.org.Click here to view or download a high-res version of the photo.
Meet Hank Meijer, This Year’s 8th District Farm Forum Keynote Speaker
Posted by Press Office on February 27, 2014
Local Small Business Owner: “It’s Getting to a Point Where It’s Not Even Worth It”
Posted by Press Office on February 27, 2014
“It’s getting to a point where it’s not even worth it,” said Mickey Brown as he shared his story with our office. Mickey is the owner of Brown Transport Inc., a small, specialized trucking business located in Preble County, and his business is facing its largest annual increase for health insurance in nearly 20 years.
Mickey is not alone, and stories like his continue to flood into our office.
“We now have too much government involvement in everything, too many mandates, too many regulations, and an apparent push by the Obama administration… to push small businesses out of business,” Mickey said as he continued with his story. “These people know nothing about business or money.”
Mickey has it right. That’s why Congressman Boehner, a former small business owner, is leading the charge as House Republicans fight to stop government abuse and promote better solutions for our local job creators. Boehner’s recent speech on the House floor comes on the heels of a report released quietly by the Obama administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, showing the disastrous impact of the president’s health care law on small business owners and their workers.
The only reason we even have this CMS report is because Congressman Boehner demanded it from the administration years ago. You can expect to see more of that, as Boehner is going to continue fighting for solutions that will improve our economy, increase wages, and help Americans get a better job.
Brown Transport Inc. has 35 employees. They’ve offered health insurance for most of their 40 years in business, but to comply with ObamaCare insurance changes they face an 84.9 percent to 127 percent increase in plan rates – which is going to force them to discontinue offering group health coverage. This is the “new normal” under President Obama’s economy, and we are all tired of it.
You can learn more about the House Republicans’ plan for economic growth & jobs by visiting www.gop.gov/jobs. If you’d like to share your thoughts with Congressman Boehner, be sure to CLICK HERE and send him an e-mail.
BOEHNER VIDEO: There’s Still Time to RSVP for Farm Forum
Posted by Press Office on February 24, 2014
This Saturday, March 1, Congressman Boehner is hosting the 23rd annual 8th Congressional District Farm Forum at Edison Community College in Piqua, where experts from different sectors of the agriculture community will come together for a discussion about issues impacting their industries.
This year, the panel will focus on the 2014 farm bill and how important reforms in the bill will help Ohio’s agriculture community.
You have until this Friday to RSVP for the 2014 Farm Forum – CLICK HERE TO RSVP. If you’d prefer to RSVP over the phone, you may call our district offices at 513-779-5400 or 800-582-1001.
President’s Latest Broken Promise Hits Our Seniors
Posted by Press Office on February 21, 2014
Ohioans are once again on the hook for ObamaCare’s broken promises. This time, it’s seniors in our area who are hit the hardest.
More than 50,000 seniors in the 8th District rely on Medicare Advantage for their health care needs, and the president’s administration today announced cuts that leave them vulnerable to losing their doctors and benefits.
This is another violation of the president’s promise that, under his health care law, people can keep what they like – and seniors in our area have certainly taken note.
Nancy from Hamilton is 81 years old. She took the time to write our office and explain how ObamaCare’s cuts to Medicare Advantage have already hurt her access to care. In October, she received a letter saying that her doctors had been dropped out of network. Nancy is legally blind, and, at age 81, it is unfair for her to be facing the stress and uncertainty caused by ObamaCare’s cuts to her low-cost, high-quality health care.
Stacy and his wife live in West Chester, and they have had their Medicare Advantage plan for many years now. Like Nancy, they also recently lost their doctors. Stacy says that, “Any more cuts, and we may see many plans being eliminated and costs for members skyrocketing until they are entirely unaffordable.”
Remember, these are things the president specifically promised would not happen. “With today's announcement,” Congressman Boehner said, “that promise has not just been broken, but shattered. If the president won't work with us to repeal the law and replace it with better solutions, then at a minimum, he and his allies in Congress owe the American people a plan for dealing with the consequences of these destructive policies."
BOEHNER VIDEO: High School Students Invited to Compete in 2014 Congressional Art Competition
Posted by on February 17, 2014
“The Congressional Art Competition gives high school students from our local area an opportunity to share their work with the whole country,” Boehner said. “Each year, I am always impressed to see so many talented young artists in the 8th District, and I’m looking forward to this year’s competition.”
The Grand Prize entry will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year. The winner will receive two round-trip plane tickets courtesy of a national airline to attend an awards ceremony with winners from other congressional districts in Washington, D.C., in June, and he or she will be eligible for a $3000/year scholarship to a renowned college of arts and design.
NOTE: ALL ENTRIES MUST BE DELIVERED TO ONE OF CONGRESSMAN BOEHNER'S DISTRICT OFFICES BY MARCH 26, 2014.
Bill to Help Our Local Veterans Passes House
Posted by on February 11, 2014
Johnny, a disabled veteran from Fairfield, wrote an e-mail to our office saying he has a goal.
His goal is to “get off of the 100 percent disability payments” that he currently receives from Social Security by securing employment and paying back into the system that has provided so much for him.
Yes, a veteran – who has already sacrificed so much for our country and freedom – is striving to improve his own economic situation, so that he may give back even more.
What can be done to help veterans like Johnny?
In 2011, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) was created to move our veterans out of the unemployment lines and into job-training programs. Thanks to VRAP, Johnny and nearly 100,000 unemployed veterans across the country are receiving job training in high-demand sectors, from trucking to technology. For Johnny, that means training in a welding program.
And last week, House Republicans passed the GI Tuition Fairness Act (H.R. 357), which would extend VRAP. The GI Tuition Fairness Act would also enable veterans to access in-state tuition rates wherever they find themselves living – an important capability for such a mobile population. It is now up to the Senate to take up this bill.
Helping all of our local veterans achieve their goals is the least we can do, and it continues to be one of Congressman Boehner's top priorities. For more information on training resources available to our veterans, please contact Congressman Boehner’s office to see if we can help.
More Proof: The Health Care Law Must Go
Posted by Press Office on February 10, 2014
VIDEO: CONGRESSMAN BOEHNER’S MESSAGE TO SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE 8TH DISTRICT
In a special message to our local job creators, Rep. Boehner responds to concerns shared by a small business owner from Butler County named Gene. Gene fears the president’s health care law will have a devastating impact on the future of his business.
Like Gene, Rep. Boehner has run a small business, so when our local business owners say the president’s health care law is destroying the incentive to grow and create jobs, he understands their perspective.
The fact is, the health care law is taking its toll on Ohioans and small businesses, like Gene’s, and the uncertainty is crippling.
And the latest report on the president’s health care law is even more proof that the law must go. The report shows that the health care law “will cost the nation the equivalent of 2.5 million workers.” Unfortunately, this isn’t a surprise.
Rep. Boehner reacted to the report by saying:
“Everywhere I go, people are wondering why there is less opportunity today than there used to be. Well, I think this week we got a report from the Congressional Budget Office that reminded us of one big reason, and that is the President's healthcare law. Under the law, people will work less, and under its employer mandate, wages will be lower. And, in the end, the law is going to drive two and a half million full time workers out of the economy. Just like that. Gone.
“You know, in the White House, their response was, well… they made a joke out of it.
“That is the attitude that has produced the worst economic record in American history, and it is more proof that the law must go.”
While it may take a new President to get rid of the health care law, Rep. Boehner is listening to you. He is leading House Republicans in offering solutions that will help job creators, like Gene, and improve people’s lives.
A Local Veteran’s Journey to the Purple Heart
Posted by Press Office on February 09, 2014
When we take time to recognize the unparalleled valor and courage of our veterans, we’re reminded of the values that make our nation strong.
And so begins the story of Sergeant Maurice Miller, a Vietnam Veteran who lives in Preble County. His son, West Foster, wrote our office explaining his father-in-law’s incredible act of courage.
As reported in the Dayton Daily News, Sergeant Miller is a quiet and reserved farmer who was shot in the head during a battle on the Mekong Delta while holding off enemy fire. Regrettably, he was not recognized for his gallant and self-sacrificing actions until now.
Sergeant Miller gave so much, and yet he asked for so little in return.
Forty-six years later, our office was able to help Sergeant Miller’s family obtain the recognition that was so overdue. The Purple Heart, a symbol of sacrifice awarded to service members killed or wounded by enemy action, was presented to him in a ceremony on January 31, 2014.
With a strong sense of duty and honor, the great men and women who have served our country make extraordinary sacrifices. It is our responsibility to serve and support them.
We have a Veterans’ Affairs department in our district office, which is solely dedicated to serving veterans in the 8th District. If you are a veteran who is experiencing an issue, big or small, with a federal agency such as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), please contact our office to see if we can help.
More Trade Means More Jobs in Ohio
Posted by Press Office on February 06, 2014
If you’re wondering how expanding international trade could actually benefit our local area, just ask some of the job creators here in the district, such as family-owned and operated Midmark Corporation in Versailles. “For us, that means more jobs for Ohio primarily,” said Dr. Anne Klamar, Midmark’s president and CEO, as she shared her story. Midmark employs more than 850 of our neighbors and friends right here in Ohio.
As Congressman Boehner presses the president on bipartisan trade legislation, known as Trade Promotion Authority, local job creators in the 8th District are sharing stories on how expanding America’s trade agenda will lead to more growth and more jobs here in Ohio.
In case you missed it, Congressman Boehner spoke on the House floor this week urging the president to get to work. Here are Boehner’s remarks:
“Too many middle-class Americans are out of work or worried about losing their job, and the House has passed dozens of bills to help them. More are in the works as we speak, including important legislation that fosters more trade and opportunities for growth.
“In Washington, it’s often referred to as ‘TPA’ - Trade Promotion Authority. But around the country, from our farms to our factories, this means jobs. It means making it easier for our workers – including the 1.4 million Ohioans whose jobs depend on trade – to be able to compete with China and the world’s growing economies.
“The president needs to use his bully pulpit only as a president can – and change their minds. He can do that today when he addresses Senate Democrats. I certainly hope – and expect – he will help us move this bill forward on behalf of American workers. Otherwise, all the talk about a ‘year of action’ would appear just to be another broken promise.”