Posted by on March 21, 2013
Today, Congressman Boehner (R-West Chester) took some time to meet and greet students, teachers, and parents from Cincinnati Christian Schools in Fairfield, OH. Talking to them on the steps of the United States Capitol, Congressman Boehner told the students about his day on the Hill, including the House passing a plan that balances the budget in 10 years, and answered questions such as “how many members of Congress represent Ohio?” (Answer: 16 representatives and two senators.)
Take a look at the photo snapped by our staff of Congressman Boehner and the students:
Posted by Press Office on March 08, 2013
Congressman Boehner posted the following message to Eighth District constituents today, encouraging the participation of high school students in this year's Congressional art competition.
"Artistic Discovery" - a yearly competition for 9th - 12th graders nationwide - provides an opportunity for young Americans to share their artwork. The grand prize-winning piece of art from each Congressional District is hung in the halls of Congress for the thousands of daily visitors to the Capitol to view. Learn more about the rules, important dates, and view past winners by clicking here.
Please take a minute to watch Congressman Boehner discuss the competition and note the final day to submit artwork is Wednesday, April 17th.
Posted by Press Office on March 08, 2013
In the past week Speaker Boehner has participated in meetings with people from across the country, hosted press conferences, sat down for extensive interviews about government spending and our nation’s debt, and led a vote to pass a continuing resolution to keep the government open through the end of the fiscal year.
But on a day-by-day basis, the Speaker has to balance his role as the leader of the House of Representatives, with his role as the representative for the constituents of the Eighth District. So today, we want to give you a small peak at just a few of the things he did this week that were focused on Ohio and you at home:
And he recorded a brief message to high school students encouraging them to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. Take a minute to watch it here:
If you want to see more photos and videos of the Speaker’s activities from this week and in the past few years head to Speaker.gov/photos-and-video.
Posted by Press Office on March 07, 2013
In an interview with CNBC’s Larry Kudlow, Speaker John Boehner unveiled a statement signed by 180 economists who agree the deficit from excessive government spending is hurting our economy. Boehner highlighted the website – speaker.gov/spendingistheproblem – where Americans can read more and leave their thoughts. Speaker Boehner also said Republicans are focused on addressing our debt and fixing our tax code to promote economic growth and opportunity for all Americans.
Click here to watch the full interview and check out several excerpts below:
Boehner Unveils List of Economists Who Say “Spending Is the Problem”:
“Most Americans understand that the problem in Washington is spending. And we've got 170 economists who agree that spending is the problem. That's why at Speaker.gov, we're going to introduce a project to the American people to engage them in this fight.”
Boehner Says Addressing Our Debt & Fixing Our Tax Code Needed to Promote Growth & Opportunity for All Americans:
“If we're serious about solving America's problems and getting our economy on a more solid foundation, two things that we have to do. We have to address the long-term spending problem that we have, and that we need to fix our tax code to promote more economic growth. We can't cut our way to prosperity, nor can we tax our way to prosperity. We need [both tax and spending reform] if we're really gonna help the average American be able to lift their lives.”
Boehner Says We Need to Balance the Budget Over 10 Years With Smarter Spending Cuts & Reforms:
“We've got a structural spending problem that has to be addressed. The president sequester is in effect, and it will be in effect until there is an agreement on cuts and reforms that put us on a path to balance the budget over the next 10 years.”
Boehner Highlights Need to Save & Strengthen America’s Entitlement Programs:
“They're not sustainable in their current form. We've got 10,000 baby boomers like me retiring every year. At seven-- I mean, every day. 70,000 this week, 3.5 million this year. And this is just year three of a 25-year demographic bubble.”
Boehner Urges Senate Democrats to Pass GOP Bill to Keep the Government Open:
“Our goal here is to cut spending. It's not to shut down the government. And keeping the government open after March 27th is our goal. We're gonna add the appropriation bill for the Department of Defense and military construction and the VA in this bill. And we're hopeful that the Senate will not load up the bill, not put extraneous items in the bill. The president the other day indicated his willingness and desire to see the government funded after March 27th. So I'm hopeful that Senate Democrats will work with us to make sure that there's no threat of government shutdown.”
On Meet the Press, Congressman Boehner Discusses Washington’s Spending Problem, Fixing Our Tax Code, & MorePosted by on March 04, 2013
Below are several excerpts from Congressman John Boehner’s interview today on NBC’s Meet the Press. Boehner discussed the importance of addressing Washington’s spending problem, replacing the president’s sequester with smarter cuts, fixing our tax code for all Americans to help our economy grow, and more:
Boehner: Leading the Fight to Address Washington’s Spending Problem:
“Listen, I'm here to lead the fight against out of control spending. And I'm going to lead that fight as Speaker of the House. … Every American, in these tough economic times, has to find a way to balance their budget. They've got to make choices. And they expect Washington to live within its means and to make choices as well. Now we know that we've got a structural deficit. The president has run up five trillion dollars worth of debt in the last five years. We have another one trillion dollar budget deficit this year. It's time for the president and Senate Democrats to get serious about the long-term spending problem that we have.”
Boehner: President Obama Demanded the Sequester, Senate Democrats Did Nothing to Replace It:
“Why haven't Senate Democrats passed the president's plan? The House has passed a plan twice, over the last ten months, to replace the sequester. Senate Democrats have done nothing. It's time for them to vote. It's time for us to get back to regular order here in Congress. … We have this sequester because the president demanded it and because Senate Democrats have refused to act.”
Boehner: Fairer, Simpler Tax Code Will Help Our Economy Grow:
“[T]he president got his tax hikes on January the first. If we're going to get rid of loopholes, let's lower rates and make the tax code fair for all Americans. … American family's wages aren't growing. They're being squeezed. And as a result, we've got to find a way through our tax code to promote more economic growth in our country. We can do this by closing loopholes, bringing the rates down for all Americans, making the tax code fairer. It will promote more economic growth.”
Boehner: House Will Vote On “Continuing Resolution,” Avoid Government Shutdown:
“The House next week will act to extend the continuing resolution through the end of the fiscal year, September 30th. The president this morning agreed that we should not have any talk of a government shutdown. So I'm hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to work through this.”
Boehner: President’s Senate Hasn’t Passed a Budget In Nearly Four Years:
“After we do our continuing resolution, we'll begin to work on our budget. The House has done a budget every year that I've been Speaker. The Senate hasn't done a budget for four years. They've committed to do a budget this year. And I hope that they do. And out of that discussion and out of that process, maybe we can find a way to deal with our long-term spending problem.”
Boehner: House to Continue Hearings on Violence, Mental Illness:
“We've already had a number of hearings in the House. We're going to continue to have hearings. But David, we need to look at more than just guns. We need to look at violence in our society. You know, we've got a violent society. And if you've looked at all these mass shootings, what you see is the people who perpetrated these crimes all had a history of mental illness. And so where's the nexus? And how do we ensure that we keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them?”
Posted by Press Office on February 27, 2013
Today, Congressman Boehner posted the following message to remind you that it is not too late to sign up for this year’s Farm Forum, being held Saturday, March 2nd at Edison Community College in Piqua.
Posted by Press Office on February 13, 2013
During a Today Show interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discussed the need to address our debt crisis that is threatening the future of our kids and grandkids, the mandate from the American people to find common ground, the ongoing bipartisan conversations on immigration reform, and the culture of violence in our society:
ON THE PRESIDENT’S REFUSAL TO TAKE ON HIS OWN PARTY TO CUT SPENDING:
“What I suggested was during the debt talks, the president didn't have the courage take on the members of his own party. The president knows that we’ve got a serious spending problem and we’ve got a debt problem, a structural debt problem that needs to be resolved. But there were issues that we had agreed upon in the summer of 2011 that once we got through December of 2012, weren't even on the table anymore.”
ON THE MANDATE FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO FIND COMMON GROUND:
“The president and I get along fine. We have a very good relationship. We come from very different worlds. He has a liberal ideology, I come from a more conservative side. But having said that, the American people on election day gave us a mandate, a Republican congress and a Democrat president. And the mandate was to find a way to work together, find common ground.”
ON THE PROSPECTS FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM:
“That’s why I’ve had-- four or five Republican members sitting with four or five Democrat members now for four years, working through a lot of issues on immigration. And I think what I’ve been trying to do is to foster this bipartisan conversation on immigration reform, both legal and illegal immigration. And I would hope that the Senate players could continue to work in a bipartisan fashion. That's the only way we’re gonna be able to address the big issues that face our country.”
ON THE CULTURE OF VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY:
“All of our hearts go out to the victims of these tragedies around our country. I would hope that we would take a broader look at this. The violence in our society, where does it come from? If you look at each of these mass shootings -- each of the shooters -- all had mental health issues. how can we do a better job there of controlling their access to weapons? What do we do about school safety? There are a lot of things that we ought to look at. Listen, there are a lot of ideas that are out there. And the question is, what will truly help bring down the violence in our society?”
Tomorrow Night: Sen. Marco Rubio's GOP Address, Real-Time Fact Checks of President Obama, & More on GOP.gov/SOTUPosted by Press Office on February 11, 2013
Anyone who watches TV with a phone or computer at their side will be right at home on GOP.gov/SOTU. Our site is designed to give you the best “second screen” experience possible, and to help you separate fact from fiction and easily share it with your friends, family, and social networks.So join us tomorrow night, February 12, 2013, at 9:00 PM ET at GOP.gov/SOTU. And in the meantime, check out this State of the Union preview video from the House Republican Conference that asks, “What will he say this year?”
Posted by Press Office on February 07, 2013
A familiar face to Cincinnati Reds fans will be joining Speaker Boehner in Washington next week.Teddy Kremer – ex-bat boy for the Reds – and his parents will be guests of the Speaker for President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. If you don’t already know about him,you need to read this feature from the Cincinnati Enquirer by John Erardi on how Teddy joined the Reds for a day and changed the team forever:
In a front page article this morning, the Enquirer notes that Teddy – who “has been the toast of the town since his enthusiasm and elan captured the fancy of Reds players during his gig as a bat boy at Great American Ball Park” – is a busy guy these days:
“‘There’s no shortage of Reds fans on our staff,” Speaker Boehner’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dave Schnittger told the Enquirer. “Everybody was familiar with Ted’s story . . . It’s a story that showcases the best of a lot of things the Speaker holds dear -- the city of Cincinnati, the Reds organization and more fundamentally, the idea that every individual has the potential to do amazing things.”
Teddy and his parents will watch the State of the Union from the Speaker’s gallery box in the U.S. House of Representatives. You can watch the address and more on Tuesday night atgop.gov/sotu.
Posted by Press Office on January 25, 2013
Today, Speaker Boehner delivered a brief video message to participants in the 40th annual March for Life, which is taking place on the National Mall.
Boehner, who last year became the first Speaker to address the March, talked about how defending life is a generational commitment that we should encourage young people to join:
“Defending life, of course, is about much more than voting the right way or saying the right things. It’s about promoting a culture of life. It’s about understanding that abortion is a defining human rights issue of our time. Because human life is not an economic or political commodity, and no government on Earth has the right to treat it as such.
“With all that’s at stake, it is becoming more and more important for us to share this truth with our young people, to encourage them to lock arms, speak out for life, and help make abortion a relic of the past. Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year.”
Speaker Boehner also paid tribute to Nellie Gray, the March’s founder, who passed away last summer. “Now it’s up to us to be her voice,” Speaker Boehner said, “to commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life.”“For the new Congress, that means bringing together a bipartisan pro-life majority and getting to work. In accordance with the will of the people, we will again work to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, formally codifying the Hyde Amendment.”