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Boehner: This is Our “Window of Opportunity” To Address Washington’s Spending-Driven Debt Crisis
Posted by Press Office on May 10, 2011
On NBC’s Today Show with Matt Lauer, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) said now “is a window of opportunity for us to address” our spending-driven debt crisis threatens to imprison the future for our children and grandchildren. Boehner also said job-destroying tax hikes are “off the table,” and said Pakistan is “a real asset” in the war against radical extremism and terrorism. Watch the full interview here or check out excerpts below:

Boehner On Addressing Our Spending-Driven Debt Crisis: “This Is a Window of Opportunity”:

“We've got formidable challenges here at home. Listen, you and I are here because we lived the American Dream. We had real opportunities. And I'm concerned that those opportunities that were available to us will not be available for our kids and grandkids. ... This is a window of opportunity for us to address the big challenges that face our country. For the last 45 of the last 50 years we spent more money than what we brought in. We cannot continue to do that without imprisoning the future for our kids and grandkids. So this is the moment, now, to address those problems as adults.”

Boehner On Washington’s Spending Problem: Tax Hikes Are “Off the Table”:

“What some are suggesting is that we take this money from people who would invest in our economy and create jobs and give it to the government. The fact is you can't tax the very people that we expect to invest in the economy and create jobs. Washington doesn't have a revenue problem. Washington has a spending problem. … [Raising taxes is] off the table. Everything else is on the table.”

Boehner On Pakistan: “A Real Asset When It Comes to Fighting the War on Terror”:

Pakistan has been a real asset when it comes to fighting the war on terror. And let's never forget that Pakistan has lost more troops and more individuals than we have here in America. So they've been an ally, they've been helpful, but there are questions. … If we're going to really be allies, and we're going to fight this war together, we need to be in it together all the time.”

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VIDEO: In Iraq, Congressman Boehner Thanks U.S. Troops, Diplomats & Their Families
Posted by Press Office on April 17, 2011

Before the U.S. troop surge, Iraq was descending into chaos as al Qaeda and its extremist allies terrorized the country and killed innocent civilians. Today, Iraq is a different country.  On his fourth visit to Iraq, Congressman Boehner has seen firsthand the progress that has been made over the last five years.

In a short video taped at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad Sunday morning, Congressman Boehner said "that progress must continue" and thanked our troops, diplomats, and their families for all the sacrifices they've made to help the Iraqis succeed in taking their country back:

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Common-Sense Troop Funding Bill Deserves Bipartisan, Bicameral Support
Posted by Press Office on April 07, 2011

House Republicans will vote today to fund our troops for the rest of the fiscal year and cut an additional $12 billion over the next week while preventing a government shutdown.  This is the latest effort by the House to resolve last year’s budget mess while making real spending cuts to create a better environment for job growth.  You can read the bill online here.

Speaker Boehner told Good Morning America today that passing this troop funding bill will “ensure that the government is open” while we continue to “work to reduce spending.”

In fact, this troop funding bill reflects a bipartisan, bicameral agreement that was reached last December on funding for the Department of Defense. In the months since then, the United States has become involved in a third war, making it all the more critical that this legislation be enacted now.

Moreover, not a single Senator has raised an objection to the policies in this bill. There is simply no policy reason for the Senate not to follow the House in passing this troop funding bill. 

The American people want Washington to stop the spending binge that is hurting our economy and threatening job growth without shutting down the government. It’s been 47 days since the House passed H.R. 1 and Senate Democrats still haven’t passed a bill to keep the government running for the fiscal year or offered a credible plan to cut spending. This troop funding bill will give them another week to offer a credible plan that shows Washington is serious about addressing its spending addiction.

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Photos: Boehner Congratulates 2010-2011 8th District Service Academy Nominees
Posted by Press Office on December 19, 2010

Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) hosted a reception yesterday evening in West Chester to congratulate the 24 Eighth Congressional District students selected to receive nominations to the U.S. service academies.  WestChesterBuzz.com has coverage:

Boehner worked the room, introducing himself and mingling with the families before taking a few moments to speak about the 2015 [class of] nominees.

‘These individuals are highly capable and likely to get appointments to their respective academies,” Boehner said. ‘I’d like to thank the parents, because if you hadn’t done a great job up until now, your children wouldn’t be here today.’

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Rep. Boehner congratulates his 2010-2011 8th District service academy nominees at a reception yesterday in West Chester.  For more photos, click here (courtesy of WestChesterBuzz.com).

 

Each year Boehner nominates select students for appointments to the U.S. Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military (West Point), and Naval Academies.  The full list of 2010-2011 Eighth District Service Academy nominees is available here.   To find out more about the nominating process, click here.

 

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VIDEO: Boehner Addresses the 92nd American Legion National Convention
Posted by Press Office on September 01, 2010

Yesterday, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) delivered a speech on national security to the American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in advance of President Obama’s Oval Office Address to the nation on Iraq.  Boehner touched on Iraq, Afghanistan, the global war on terrorism, the broader Middle East, and the economy.  Following is the full video of his remarks: 

 

For a full transcript of Boehner’s speech as prepared for delivery, click here.

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CNN Highlights Boehner Video Thanking Troops, Surge for Progress in Iraq
Posted by Press Office on August 31, 2010

Yesterday, CNN’s Situation Room highlighted a web video released by Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) which credited our troops with the success of the surge in Iraq.  CNN also offered a preview of an address Leader Boehner will deliver at the American Legion National Convention later today at 2:10pm EST, as Wolf Blitzer noted: “President Obama won't be the only one publicly addressing this milestone in Iraq tomorrow. Republicans will have a voice as well. The House Minority Leader John Boehner is planning a major speech ahead of the President's.”

As Congressman Boehner noted in an op-ed in Human Events last week:

The success of the troop surge is undeniable. By taking the fight to al Qaeda, other terrorist threats, and the insurgency, our men and women in uniform succeeded in providing greater security to the Iraqi population and giving the government the time to build capacity to more effectively meet the needs of the Iraqi people. As a result, the drawdown of U.S. troops that began in 2008 has been able to continue. I commend President Obama for listening to our commanders in the field and working closely with them, the Iraqi people, and the Congress to ensure that we continue making significant strides there.

The American people owe a debt of gratitude to the courage and sacrifice of our troops for all they have done to advance freedom abroad and strengthen our security here at home.

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Boehner: 'Stimulus' Spending Sprees Have Failed Our Veterans
Posted by Press Office on August 31, 2010

The Obama White House is in a hurry to claim credit for our troops’ success in Iraq – success made possible by the surge strategy then-Sen. Obama opposed as a candidate for president.  The President has taken ownership of the flagging economy, but when will he get serious about creating jobs and cutting spending, and specifically address the unemployment rate among American veterans, which now stands at 11 percent, above the already-high national rate of 9.5 percent?

Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) addressed the subject in a speech to the American Legion National Convention today in Milwaukee.  An excerpt from the Leader’s remarks as prepared: 

"Today, as thousands of our warriors come home seeking to provide for their families and realize the American Dream they have volunteered to defend, they confront an economy that affords neither opportunities nor jobs.  Veterans’ unemployment is now at 11 percent.  That is why I have called on my colleagues in the Congress and the president to join me in supporting a series of immediate actions to end the ongoing economic uncertainty and help more Americans find an honest day’s work.  ‘Stimulus’ spending sprees, permanent bailouts, federal mandates and government takeovers have failed this nation and have failed our veterans."

MSNBC today previewed Boehner’s remarks about the troubling job situation facing America’s veterans and the workforce in general. 

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has expressed concern about the unemployment rate among veterans, and recently urged employers to “take a chance on veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and offer them jobs and mentorship,” according to the Associated Press. 

Problem is, those employers in most cases don’t have jobs to offer – thanks in no small part to the job-killing policies of the Obama Administration, which have forced small business owners and private-sector job creators to operate in a state of near-constant uncertainty over the past 19 months, freezing many in their tracks and preventing the creation of millions of jobs.  And now President Obama wants to raise small businesses’ taxes.  The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation says the tax hike recently endorsed by President Obama and his economic team will result in higher taxes for 50 percent of the small business income in America – a policy shift certain to result in diminished opportunities for even more Americans, including veterans returning home on success from Iraq.

A full breakdown of the troubling unemployment situation facing America’s veterans is available here. 

As America’s heroes return from Iraq, too many are being forced to ask: where are the jobs?  Instead of blaming others for the situation, President Obama should take responsibility, replace his economic team, and work to build bipartisan support for aggressive spending reductions and other policies that will help our economy get back to creating the jobs that veterans and other Americans deserve.  (In an economic address last week, Leader Boehner detailed the five steps the president needs to take immediately to help small businesses get back to creating jobs.  And in a letter sent earlier this year on ways to boost private sector job creation, more than 100 economists urged President Obama to take immediate action to rein in government spending, stop the coming tax hike, and end the barrage of new federal rules that are causing uncertainty for small businesses under the current administration.)

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House Republicans Introduce Resolution Honoring the Service & Sacrifice of Our Iraq Veterans
Posted by Press Office on July 30, 2010
House Republicans, led by House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) have introduced a resolution (H.Con.Res. 310) honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the Armed Services who are currently serving, or have served, in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

As the United States plans the transition from a combat to an advisory role in Iraq next month, it is imperative that both Congress and the Administration not only take time to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made there, but also reaffirm the United States’ goal of forging a long-term partnership with a democratic Iraq.  Maintaining our commitment to Iraq will ensure that terrorists are not able to use that nation as a safehaven from which to plan and launch attacks against the United States, and will contribute to our vital and strategic security interests in the region.  
 
If passed, the resolution will express Congress’ support for:
  • Honoring the members of the Armed Forces who are serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the members of the Armed Forces and veterans who have previously served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Extending its gratitude to all those within the military and civilian departments and agencies of the United States Government responsible for directing the implementation of the ‘‘surge strategy’’ and bringing security and stability to Iraq, including General David Petraeus and General Ray Odierno.
  • Recognizing the importance and significance of success in Iraq.
  • Committing itself to working with President Obama and the administration to build on the military success in Iraq since the ‘‘surge strategy’’ was implemented.
  • Recognizing that the President and the administration have a responsibility to build a lasting strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq.
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) praised the resolution:
I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution, which recognizes the courage and sacrifices of our troops, and all their effort to bring stability and security to a nation that three years ago was on the brink of chaos.

While there are still many challenges that lay ahead, our troops have performed brilliantly and deserve great credit for the progress that has been made in building a free and democratic Iraq.   

It is with great pride and profound gratitude that we reflect on all that our men and women in uniform have done, and all that they continue to do, to advance freedom abroad and strengthen our security here at home.
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Dems Delay Troop Funding, Undercut Secretary Clinton's Efforts to Boost Support for Afghanistan Mission
Posted by Press Office on July 13, 2010
Next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Afghanistan for the Kabul Conference, an international conference designed to draw more international political support for Afghanistan.  Unfortunately, she will be heading to Afghanistan at the very same time that Congress has failed to pass a bill funding our troops and State Department programs for Afghanistan and Iraq.  An effective counterinsurgency campaign is based on demonstrating to friends and foes a strong political commitment to improving both the security environment and the government’s ability to provide basic services.  Heading into the conference, the Democrats in Congress have sent the opposite message.

Reuters has the details from a report yesterday:
The Kabul Conference, scheduled for July 20-21, will draw foreign ministers from more than 60 nations to Afghanistan, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, to review government projects the international community hopes will kick start the economy.  

Western diplomats, in a series of background briefings ahead of the gathering, said they expected presentations detailing how billions already committed would be spent in perhaps the most crucial year for the country since the Taliban's 2001 ousting.  

‘This is probably the most important meeting Afghanistan has ever held,’ said one.

And Politico noted today, “with the Kabul Conference next week, important State Department operations in Afghanistan are being squeezed.”

Washington Democrats have managed to put the Afghanistan War funding bill on the back-burner, ditching town for the Independence Day District Work Period just after many of them voted to cut off funding for troops in the field.  Instead, Democrats continued to push their massive “stimulus” spending spree, defying a White House veto threat in their shameless move to add tens of billions of wasteful Washington spending on the backs of a must-pass troop funding bill.

Now is not the time to play politics with our national security or our troops in the field.  As the Wall Street Journal recently noted, this will be a difficult summer for America’s soldiers as the surge President Obama announced last year ramps up:  “[a]n influx of U.S. and NATO forces will boost the number of coalition troops to 150,000 by late summer from 110,000 at the beginning of the year.”

Will the irony of this situation put more pressure on Democrats to pass a war funding bill – without strings or extraneous “stimulus” spending attached – and get something to the President’s desk before the Kabul Conference takes place next week?  For the sake of our troops, let’s hope so.
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Boehner Meets With Ohio Veterans, Accepts Legislative Award
Posted by Press Office on March 19, 2010
Congressman John Boehner met with American Veterans (AMVETS) Department of Ohio members William A. Boettcher of Hamilton, and George Ondick of Raymond, yesterday in his Washington, D.C., office to talk about health care, veterans’ issues, and AMVETS’ work to provide job training to service members when they return home.

During the visit, Boehner was presented with the AMVETS’ 22nd Annual Civil Servant/Legislative Award.  The award recognizes individuals for “outstanding support and work on behalf veterans and their willingness to provide advice and current information on veterans’ issues and to work toward improved veterans’ benefits.”

Boettcher and Odnick were part of a group of Ohio Veterans in Washington yesterday to attend a House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing regarding the claims process of the Department of Veterans Affairs. 
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