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Boehner on 55KRC: “House Will Vote to Repeal Whatever is Left of ObamaCare”
Posted by Press Office on June 26, 2012

In a radio interview today with Brian Thomas on Cincinnati’s 55 KRC-AM, Congressman Boehner addressed House Republicans’ commitment to repeal ObamaCare in its entirety and the upcoming Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the president’s health care law.  House Republicans are relentlessly focused on job creation and, as Boehner put it during the interview, “the president’s health care law is driving up health care costs and its making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.”  In addition, Congressman Boehner addressed President Obama’s failure to lead on immigration and the Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s law. 

Listen to the interview here: 


“It’s all about the president trying to find a way to win an election.  His economic policies have failed and as a result he cannot run on his record.  He is going to try to make the election about everything other than his failed economic policies…all about energizing certain segments of America in hopes of finding a way for him to win…This election will be about the economy.”


“We all know that the president’s health care law is driving up health care costs and its making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.  And I’ll say this: unless the Supreme Court throws out the entire law, the House will vote to repeal whatever is left of ObamaCare.  Then we need to enact commonsense reforms in a step-by-step process that protects jobs and protects the American people’s access to the care they need from the doctor they choose at a lower cost.” 


“…if the federal government isn’t going to do its job there is no reason why the people of Arizona can’t do theirs...The president talked about it during the campaign, he’s talked about it half a dozen times since, and has offered nothing – nothing to the Congress and has provided no leadership to get this done.” 

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Former Small Businessman Boehner: Mr. President, Private Sector Is Not Doing Fine
Posted by Press Office on June 08, 2012

Congressman John Boehner delivered the following remarks today at a press conference responding to President Obama’s claim that – after 40 months of unemployment above 8 percent and with millions of Americans out of work – the “private sector is doing fine.” Congressman Boehner said:

“Mr. President, I used to run a small business.  And Mr. President, take it from me, the private sector is not doing well.

“Listen, the American people are still asking the question, ‘where are the jobs?’ Stopping the looming tax hikes will help job creators because they’ll have more certainty about what the tax rates are going to be and help create a better environment for them to create jobs.

“We’re going to vote next month on extending all of the current tax rates. The president should assure the nation that when this bill gets to his desk he’ll sign it into law.

“We also know that the president’s health care law is making it harder for small businesses to hire, and we know that it must be repealed in its entirety. This morning, we learned more about the backroom deals that were made that led to its passage. Emails obtained by the Energy & Commerce Committee show that the White House traded billions of dollars in policy concessions to PhRMA for millions of dollars worth of advertising. The administration created and managed a Super PAC, paid for by PhRMA and run by Jim Messina out of the West Wing of the White House. This is wrong, and the administration must be held accountable for their actions.”

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Constituent Mailbag: Helping Small Businesses by Voting to Repeal, Defund, and Dismantle ObamaCare
Posted by Press Office on June 07, 2012

Today, Congressman John Boehner responded to phone calls and emails from Eighth District constituents regarding House efforts to repeal the president’s unpopular and harmful 2010 health care law, which is driving up health care costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  In the video, Boehner speaks directly to Michael from Eaton, who voiced his opinion by email, saying he wanted to see the “full and total repeal of ObamaCare.”

As Boehner notes in the video, “repealing ObamaCare was one of the first votes taken by this Congress.  Since then, we’ve voted 29 times to repeal, defund, and dismantle the law.”  In a recent weekly column, Congressman Boehner reiterated his commitment to taking action on ObamaCare, saying, “the president's health care law is raising costs and hurting small businesses, and it must be fully repealed.” 

Today, the House will take its 30th vote in this effort by voting to repeal ObamaCare’s Medical Device Tax.  This job-crushing tax threatens thousands of jobs across the state of Ohio, including some jobs in the Eighth District and surrounding areas.  As the Dayton Business Journal points out, “The Dayton region is home to many medical device manufacturers, including AtriCure Inc. in West Chester, X-Spine Systems Inc. in Centerville and Mauch Inc. in Dayton, among others” that may be impacted.

Let us know what you think about ObamaCare in the comments below, and please take a minute to watch Boehner’s message here:

“Every week I hear from Eighth District constituents who oppose the president’s health care law, which is making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.

“Michael from Eaton wrote that he wants to see “full and total repeal of Obamacare.”

“Now, repealing ObamaCare was one of the first votes taken by this Congress.  Since then, we’ve voted 29 times to repeal, defund, and dismantle the law.  And while the Democratic-controlled Senate continues to block these and other jobs bills, we are going to continue to take action.

“This week the House will vote to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax. 

“In Ohio alone, this new tax threatens the jobs of more than 35,000 people.  With many medical device manufacturers headquartered in our area, it will surely affect families in our community and our region’s economy.

“While we continue to fight for full repeal of ObamaCare, repealing this tax will protect jobs here in Ohio and across the country.

“Michael, you are not alone in being against ObamaCare and I appreciate you adding your voice to the fight. 

“Please visit johnboehner.house.gov and let me know what you think of the president’s health care law.  I look forward to hearing from you.”

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John Boehner in USA Today: We can't ignore our debt
Posted by Press Office on May 22, 2012

John Boehner: We can't ignore our debt
By John Boehner
USA Today
May 22, 2012

The American people continue to ask "where are the jobs?" and the overspending going on in Washington, D.C., is a big part of the reason why. Our national debt, which has grown significantly due to President Obama's failed "stimulus" policies, is a drain on our economy and a crushing burden on our kids and grandkids.

Last month, a USA TODAY editorial called our debt and deficits "an increasingly urgent national crisis." It is, and one we cannot ignore. Unfortunately, inaction is exactly what the president and members of his party have in mind. They went into a state of panic recently when I said we should talk about — and yes, actually solve — the debt problem that's hurting our economy. There have even been suggestions that these calls for action to heal our economy are somehow designed to do it harm.

Talking about our debt isn't the problem — failing to fix it is. Last August, Standard & Poor's announced it was downgrading the nation's credit rating because a budget agreement between the president and Congress "falls short of the amount we believe is necessary to stabilize the general government debt burden."

Why did that agreement fall short? When push came to shove, President Obama could not resist political pressure to push for tax hikes on small-business job creators. We were on the verge of a breakthrough agreement, but he moved the goal posts and walked away. The president lost his courage, and the country lost its gold-plated triple-A credit rating for the first time.
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Since then, the president has been in campaign mode — playing small ball at a time when we need to address big challenges. Until we get a grip on our debt, our economy will continue to suffer and we run the risk of another downgrade, which will make job creation ever harder. Americans deserve a better economic future and an administration willing to tackle this debt crisis before it tackles us.

Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, is speaker of the House of Representatives.

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“This Is About Jobs”: Congressman Boehner Talks Jobs, Debt with George Stephanopoulos
Posted by Press Office on May 20, 2012

On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Congressman John Boehner said, “dealing with our debt and deficit are critically important” for economic growth and job creation. Boehner also noted that the House has passed dozens of bipartisan jobs bills – including a responsible budget – that are being blocked by Senate Democrats. Below are several excerpts from the interview:

Boehner: “This Is About Jobs”

“The American people are still asking the question: where are the jobs?  And dealing with our deficit and our debt would help create more economic growth in the United States.  And it would lift this cloud of uncertainty that's causing employers to wonder what's next.  So dealing with our debt and our deficit are critically important. … [T]his is about jobs.  If we really are serious about getting the American people back to work, removing the clouds of uncertainty are important.”

Boehner: Will President Obama Lead on Addressing Our Debt & Deficit?

“The issue is the debt.  You know, people aren't clamoring to invest in Greece today.  And if we don't begin to deal with our debt and our deficit in an honest and serious way, we're not gonna have many options.  Listen-- I'm not going to apologize for leading.  The real issue here is will the president lead?”

Boehner: Bipartisan House-Passed Jobs Bills Are Stuck in Democratic-Controlled Senate

“We've worked with Democrats-- we looked through all these jobs bills in the Senate, 30 of them, sitting over there, part of our plan for American job creation.  All of them passed with bipartisan support. … So-- on the budget, we've done a budget.  Where's the Senate?  1,120 days since they have passed a budget.”

Boehner: Governor Romney’s Proposals Will Strengthen Our Economy

“Mitt Romney's got very-- has had a very successful career.  And-- and I think his prescriptions for fixing our economy are a lot better than the president's.  … [T]he issue is gonna be the economy.  And I believe that Governor Romney's proposals will strengthen our economy and get more Americans back to work.”

Boehner: My Job Is To Make Sure Our Team Is Prepared

“I feel pretty good about where we are today.  But you know, my job is-- as the leader is to make sure that if everything falls apart, that we still have the tools that we need to hold onto our majority in the House.  We've got-- 89 freshmen members-- running for reelection in most cases.  We've got a lot of tough elections out there.  But again, if the election were held today -- I feel good about it. … My job is to make sure our team is prepared.”

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Boehner: Anything Short of Full ObamaCare Repeal is Unacceptable
Posted by Press Office on May 17, 2012

“Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse,” Congressman John Boehner said today. Whether the Supreme Court strikes down all or part, or upholds the law as it is, Boehner says Republicans are committed to “repealing ObamaCare in its entirety”:

“Our economy continues to struggle, and the president’s health care law is making things worse -- raising health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire workers.  The only way to change this is by repealing ObamaCare in its entirety.  We voted to fully repeal the president’s health care law as one of our first acts as a new House majority, and our plan remains to repeal the law in its entirety.  Anything short of that is unacceptable.” – Congressman John Boehner

The House Republican majority has voted 29 times so far to repeal, defund, and dismantle President Obama’s health care law. Here’s an update to a previous post looking at these efforts:

  • SCRAPPING THE RATIONING BOARD: The House passed legislation (H.R. 5) repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a panel of 15 unelected and unaccountable government bureaucrats tasked with rationing care for America’s seniors.

  • EXPOSING TRUE COST OF THE LAW: The House voted to repeal the CLASS Act (H.R. 1173) whose phantom “savings” were “crucial to garnering support for passage” of Obamacare, according to a bicameral Congressional investigation.

The president’s health care law makes it harder for small businesses to hire new workers, jeopardizes seniors’ access to care, and adds to the debt that threatens job growth. It needs to go.“There’s only one way to truly fix ObamaCare,” Congressman Boehner has said -- “and that’s by fully repealing it.”

Republicans made a Pledge to America to repeal ObamaCare and create a better environment for private-sector job growth. And the House is going to continue working to keep that pledge to repeal the law and then work on step-by-step, common-sense legislation that will help lower health care costs for families and small businesses, and protect American jobs.

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Boehner on CNN: No Reason to Wait, Let’s Address Spending-Driven Debt Now
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012

In an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett following remarks to the Paul G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal SummitCongressman John Boehner said there’s no reason to wait until we reach the debt limit to enact real spending cuts and reforms – the American people are ready, Republicans are ready – “let’s go.”

The only stumbling blocks are President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate who appear afraid – or unwilling – to seriously address America’s economic challenges. As Burnett pointed out, top Democrats are already criticizing what Stanford economist John B. Taylor dubbed the “Boehner principle” – that spending cuts and reforms (not tax hikes) exceed any debt limit increase – as a “line in the sand.” Boehner responded:

“It is a line in the sand because Washington has kicked the can down the road, kicked the can down the road, kicked the can down the road and the American people think we're crazy.  They're re-- ready for Washington to take action.  I'm here.  I'm ready to do it.  Let's go.”

Boehner explained how the tax hikes demanded by Democrats would only do more damage to our economy and put more people out of work. Instead, Boehner said “We've gotta have real economic growth and we have to have real controls on spending.”

The House already started by passing a responsible budget that cuts spending and preserves our biggest entitlement programs for our children and grandchildren. And last week, the House voted to reduce the deficit by additional $242.8 billion while protecting our troops and their families. But bills like these and others that create a better environment for job growth are being blocked by Senate Democrats.

Click here to watch and read Boehner’s full remarks from yesterday.

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GOP to Obama: What’s Your Plan For the Big Issues Facing Our Economy?
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012

This morning, congressional leaders will visit the White House for a meeting with President Obama.  Between our nation’s struggling economy, our booming debt, still painfully high gas prices, and the “fiscal time bomb” set to hit at the end of this year, the American people would expect the agenda to be focused on tackling the big issues. The Associated Press this morning, however, reports that the President plans to use this meeting as an opportunity to tout his five-point, to-do list for Congress – also known as his Post-it note plan.

According to the Associated Press, the President wants to push the leaders to advance tax breaks for small businesses – a worthy goal. In fact, earlier this year the House passed a 20 percent tax break for small businesses (as defined by the Small Business Administration).  A reduced tax burden on American entrepreneurs and small business owners is something Republicans would be happy to work with the President to provide.  But it doesn’t seem as though finding common ground is the President’s goal.  When the House passed its small business tax cut, the President responded with a veto threat.

In reality, Republicans have already produced a much lengthier to-do list than the President’s Post-it note agenda.  Over the last 18 months, the House has passed more than two dozen jobs bills that are still awaiting Senate action and presidential leadership to get moving.  Over and over again, it has been the House that has led, passing legislation, and working to address the priorities of the American people.  The House has advanced a jobs and energy agenda, passed a budget (twice), passed legislation to keep interest rates for students low, passed a plan to stave off cuts to our military the president’s own Defense Secretary says would be “devastating,” and will soon pass a plan to prevent the biggest tax hike in American history.

What has been missing is presidential leadership – and presidential plans.  So, at today’s meeting Republican leaders would like to hear what the President proposes to address these pressing issues.  

  • How does the President propose dealing with ALL of the tax increases set to hit the American people at the end of the year?  
  • Is the President calling for a clean debt limit increase?
  • When will the President urge the Democratic-controlled Senate to pass a budget so that we can start to get a hold on our skyrocketing debt?  
  • When does the President plan to increase American energy production to help address high gas prices?  
  • When will the President approve the Keystone pipeline so that energy resources from our Canadian friends does not end up flowing to China instead of America?
  • How does the President propose paying for an extension of student loan rates that will pass both chambers?  
  • How does the President, as Commander in Chief, propose to ensure our military is not hollowed out by automatic sequestration cuts?  

A Post-it note makes for a cute gimmick, but the American people are expecting us to think a little bit bigger. That will be the goal of Republican leaders today.

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0 - 513: Obama's Budget Now a National Laughingstock
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012

While President Obama was telling Congressional leaders he wants to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts or reforms, Senate Democrats were preparing to reject his budget – unanimously.

This is the second year in a row the Democratic-controlled Senate unanimously opposed the president’s unserious budget (0-99 this year). And it was almost two months ago that his budget failed to win a single vote in the House (0-414). Altogether, 513 elected lawmakers have opposed it.

Of course – it’s been three years since Senate Democrats offered a budget of their own. In that time, we’ve faced an unemployment rate above eight percent and back-to-back-to-back trillion-dollar deficits.

These failures have left families stuck – jobs are scarce, prices are rising, and wages are stagnant, but neither the White House nor Senate Democrats have a serious plan to address our challenges. Instead, they’re focused on fake fights and political gimmicks, and are pushing for higher taxes that would make it even harder for small businesses to hire new workers.

This is why Congressman John Boehner jumpstarted the conversation yesterday about addressing the spending-driven debt that threatens job creation and economic growth. The Speaker outlined a number of ways to put America back on the path to prosperity. With the national debt nearing $16 trillion, the debt limit approaching, and the largest tax hike in history looming, Boehner said “we shouldn’t wait” -- we need to “confront our challenges now while we still have the ability to do so.”

House Republicans already adopted a responsible budget that promotes job growth by cutting spending and protecting America’s entitlement programs for future generations. Last week, the House voted to reduce the deficit by an additional $242.8 billion while protecting our troops and their families.

But that’s not all. The House has passed nearly 30 jobs bills that are being blocked by Senate Democrats.  While those bipartisan bills gather dust, Republicans have also worked with the White House and Democrats to pass - in a bipartisan way - jobs bills such as the JOBS Act, a veterans hiring billthree trade agreements, patent reform,  legislation repealing the IRS withholding tax on job creators, and more.

Republicans are serious about addressing America’s challenges and creating a better environment for private-sector job growth. Learn more at budget.House.gov and jobs.GOP.gov.

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White House, Democrats Hyperventilate at Mere Suggestion of Addressing Our Debt, Promoting Economic Growth
Posted by Press Office on May 16, 2012

Is the White House asking for a clean debt limit increase with no spending cuts or reforms whatsoever?  If not, where is Washington Democrats’ serious plan to address the debt crisis that is hurting our economy and destroying jobs?  President Obama’s budget – the only Democratic plan available, since Senate Democrats have not offered a budget in three years – was defeated by the House by a vote of 414-0.  Today, the Senate is expected to vote it down again.  Because of the president’s failed economic and fiscal policies, a debt limit increase is looming again.  The alternative is default, which would be economically disastrous. 

That’s why Congressman John Boehner laid out a common-sense approach for addressing America’s debt crisis yesterday: responsible spending cuts and reforms that will put the United States on a sounder financial footing, stave off further credit downgrades, and improve the health of our economy.  Yet Democrats immediately responded by hyperventilating at the mere suggestion that Congress come together to cut spending and deal with the big economic and fiscal challenges of our time.  Here’s just a few over-the-top, hyper-partisan examples:

  • “Speaker Boehner is threatening to take our nation into another manufactured crisis that will harm America’s families.” – Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Press Release, 5/15/12

  • “It’s pretty clear to me that the Tea Party direction of the Republican Party is driving them over a cliff. And I would suggest that Speaker Boehner look at the long term, which is what will the Republican Party look like in the future” – Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), The Hill, 5/15/12

  • “The President does not believe that the full faith and credit of the United States, its commitment to pay its bills and its obligations, should be held hostage to a political ideology.” – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Briefing, 5/15/12

  • “It is absolutely reckless to threaten that the United States will not pay its bills.” – Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), San Francisco Chronicle, 5/15/12

Only in Washington will you find “leaders” who fear addressing a problem more than the problem itself.

In reality, the only people talking about “brinkmanship” or a “standoff” are the White House, Democrats, and the Left.  The Congressman told CNN yesterday there’s no reason to wait until we reach the debt limit to enact real spending cuts and reforms – the American people are ready, Republicans are ready – “let’s go.”  

The fact remains that the president’s ‘stimulus’ spending spree has racked up more debt – more than $5 trillion in just over three years – than any president in history, including four straight years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits.  The real questions are, what is the president’s plan and when, if ever, will he lead?

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