VIDEO: 2014 Republican Address to the Nation
Posted by Press Office on January 29, 2014
Following the president’s State of the Union address, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered the Republican Address to the Nation, transcending politics and divisiveness by sharing a story that many of us can relate to – a story about how humility, hard work, and perseverance can lead us to overcoming our own personal obstacles and challenges.
Congressman Boehner Marks 41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Decision
Posted by Press Office on January 22, 2014
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade by welcoming March for Life participants from Ohio’s 8th Congressional District to Washington, DC:
“I welcome this year’s marchers from Ohio’s 8th Congressional District who made the trip to Washington, DC, and renewed their commitment to sharing the truth about abortion and the humanity of the unborn child. For 41 years, the March for Life has focused America’s attention on one of our most fundamental duties—to respect life at every stage. This annual event has become a hallmark of the pro-life movement, and I thank the organizers for their unfailing commitment. Millions of pro-life Americans stand on the shoulders of the late Nellie Gray, who founded the March for Life in 1974 to protest the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Nellie inspired an entire generation to promote a culture of life, a cause that is undeniably succeeding and seeks to defend those whom Pope Francis recently called 'the most defenseless and innocent among us.’"
In 2010, Congressman Boehner became the first Speaker in history to address the March for Life.
In his address, Boehner talked about how the cause of life and the cause of freedom are inextricably linked and paid tribute to Nellie Gray, the March’s founder, who died in 2012.
Let’s Go Big Moe
Posted by Press Office on December 06, 2013
Congressman Boehner’s mighty Moeller Crusaders are playing for their second straight Ohio Division I high school football title on Saturday, and he has this message for the team:
Boehner graduated from Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School in 1968 and played football there under legendary coach Gerry Faust, an experience the Speaker talked about at Catholic University’s commencement in 2011:
Good luck, Crusaders.
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.”