They’re Up! 2013 Congressional Art Competition Winners’ Artwork Mounted in the Capitol
Posted by Press Office on June 11, 2013
The winning artwork from this year’s Congressional Art Competition was mounted in the U.S. Capitol today for the thousands of visitors from around the country to enjoy. Each participating Congressional Office invites high school students to submit artwork to the competition and the winning piece from each district is then displayed for an entire year at the U.S. Capitol in D.C.
While we may be biased, the Eighth District grand prize winning piece, “The Man in Black” by Sara Thompson, is our favorite and will be pointed out to all of our Ohio visitors and guests.
Congratulations to Sara and all of the winners from across the country.
If you are interested in participating in the future, be sure to visit our official Eighth District Congressional Art Competition page here or contact our office for more information.
2013 Congressional Art Competition winning artwork is mounted in the U.S. Capitol. June 11, 2013. (Photo Courtesy of the Speaker’s Office)
Study Reveals Ohioans Will Pay Significantly Higher Rates in 2014 Because of ObamaCare
Posted by Press Office on June 10, 2013
A 2013 study released by the Ohio Department of Insurance revealed that Ohio “insurers expect the cost to cover health care expenses for consumers will significantly increase” next year because of the implementation of ObamaCare. As outlined in the report, this increase will translate into higher rates, an average increase of 88 percent, for the majority of Ohioans.
The study estimates that the current average cost to cover medical expenses for an individual health insurance plan is $233. Once ObamaCare is implemented, the cost to provide an individual health insurance plan will skyrocket to an average of $420. As insurers pay more to cover individuals under ObamaCare, Ohioans will pay more for their health insurance.
“Some people have the impression that the main reason that rates are going up under ObamaCare is because of the law’s requirement that insurers cover people with pre-existing conditions. But that accounts for only a fraction—around a quarter—of the rate hike,” explained Avik Roy in an article for Forbes. “The rest comes from all the other things that ObamaCare does, such as forcing people to buy richer insurance benefits; to buy products with all sorts of add-ons they might not need; to pay ObamaCare’s premium tax; and to pay a lot more, if they’re young, to subsidize older individuals.”
The Society of Actuaries study is just another in a long line of reports outlining the negative effects of ObamaCare on families, the economy, and the health care system. For years, Congressman Boehner has led the fight for repealing ObamaCare because it’s increasing the cost of health insurance, reducing access to care, and making it harder for small businesses to hire new workers.
Fully repealing President Obama’s health care law continues to be a focus for House Republicans and an essential part of the GOP’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs.
First News Out of Ohio Delphi Retirees Hearing: Congressmen Pledge “Unwavering Support”
Posted by Press Office on June 10, 2013
Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) and Congressman John Mica (FL-07), both members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations, just wrapped up a field hearing in Ohio regarding the unequal treatment of non-union Delphi salaried retirees during the Obama administration’s controversial taxpayer-funded auto industry bailout of 2009.
As part of the president’s bailout, the Obama administration issued a decision that fully funded pensions of auto supplier Delphi’s unionized retirees but left about “22,000 salaried retirees with drastically lower benefits,” as reported by the Detroit Free Press.
Testimony was given by affected retirees Tom Rose, Mary Miller, and Bruce Gump, followed by James Sherk of the Heritage Foundation and Paul Dobosz of the Delphi Engineering Research Group.
First reports from the hearing, as posted by The Youngstown Vindicator, described how “the lawmakers pledged their unwavering support in aiding more than 20,000 salaried workers who saw their pensions cut by 70 percent…”
Like Representatives Turner and Mica, Congressman Boehner continues to call on the Obama administration to explain the unequal treatment given to Delphi’s non-union retirees and to work with Congress to identify a solution.
You can follow the efforts of Delphi’s salaried workers on Twitter at @DelphiPensions as they work for answers.
Congressman Boehner Talks About GOP Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs With Laura Ingraham
Posted by Press Office on June 06, 2013
Congressman Boehner called into The Laura Ingraham Show today to highlight Republicans’ plan for building a stronger, healthier economy for all Americans, which includes strengthening our borders and making common-sense changes to our immigration system. Here are several key excerpts:
Boehner on Jobs – “We Can Do Better”:
“Jobs have remained our number one priority, even though we’re spending time holding the administration accountable. The American people are concerned about the fact that we don’t have enough jobs being created. Wages aren’t increasing. And I would argue that four years of slow job growth is just flat out unacceptable. We can do better. The president’s policies are undermining the ability of our economy to create new jobs and better wages.
Boehner on the GOP Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs:
“Republicans have a plan for economic growth and job creation; solutions like making our tax code simpler and fairer, expanding American energy production, reigning in burdensome red tape, lowering health care cost, and helping to expand mortgage for American manufacturers and small businesses, just to name a few. These are commonsense solutions that will help create an environment where we’re going to get more jobs and expand opportunities for all Americans.”
Boehner on Immigration and Border Security:“We’ve made it perfectly clear that the House will not simply just take up and accept whatever the Senate passes, assuming it passes something at all. What we’re going to do in the House is we’re going to look for regular order, and produce our own legislation. In the House, we’re going to approach this differently. Border security is our first priority. We’ve got to get that right, and frankly I don’t think the Senate bill is sufficient in that regard.”
Speaker Boehner on IRS Scandal: Who’s Going to Jail?
Posted by Press Office on May 15, 2013
Speaker John Boehner today addressed the growing IRS scandal whereby administration officials admitted to wrongfully targeting conservatives and political opponents of President Obama, and reportedly gave preferential treatment to liberal groups and allies of the White House. Boehner said:
“The IRS admitted to targeting conservatives, even if the White House continues to be stuck on the word ‘if.’ My question isn't about who is going to resign. My question is who's going to jail over this scandal?”The House Ways & Means Committee will hold a hearing to investigate the IRS this Friday at 9:00 AM ET, and the Oversight & Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing next Wednesday
On Fox Business & Bloomberg TV, Boehner Highlights GOP Plan to Promote Stronger Economic Growth & Job Creation
Posted by Press Office on May 07, 2013
Congressman Boehner sat down with Peter Cook of Bloomberg TV and Rich Edson of Fox Business this evening to continue pressing the need for policies - including fixing our broken tax code, expanding American energy, and addressing America’s fiscal crisis – that will produce the type of sustained, robust economic growth and job creation American families and small businesses need. Here are a few excerpts from the interviews:
On the Republican Plan to Get the Economy Moving Again:
“Republicans have a plan to get our economy going again, get wages growing again and get job opportunities growing again. Things like fixing our long-term spending problem, fixing our broken tax code to make America more competitive. How about expanding American energy production and the Keystone Pipeline? There are a lot of things. The red tape – in many cases, it’s the president’s own policies that are getting in the way of growing our economy.” (Bloomberg)
On the President’s Policies Holding Back Economic Growth:
“The president wants to go out there and crow about the fact that the economy is growing, barely. This is not the kind of economic growth that – that’s going to help our country long term. You've got wages that are stagnant. You have few opportunities of, if you will, walking up the economic ladder. … I used to run a small business. I know exactly what small businesses are thinking. They’re looking at ObamaCare. They’re looking at all these rules and regulations, an outdated tax system, and they’re scared to death. And when they’re scared to death, you know what they do? They sit on their wallet and wait for the picture to clear.” (Bloomberg)
On the Need to Simplify the Tax Code to Boost U.S. Competitiveness:
“But I do know that the president understands that our tax system is broken. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle understand that our system is broken. We need to simplify our code, bring the rates down, get rid of the loopholes, and fix our international problem. We can make America more competitive if we had a tax code that people understood.” (Fox Business)
On There Being No Reason to Continue Blocking the Keystone Pipeline:
“There is no reason for Keystone not to be approved. None. Do you realize there are almost 200,000 of pipeline that operate safely in the United States every day? This is an important part of our energy future. Taking the crude oil from North Dakota, Southern Canada and moving it to where the refineries are on the Gulf Coast. We can do it safely, there’s no reason – no reason – why it should not be approved.” (Fox Business)
On the Need for a Balanced Budget:
“The federal government has spent more than what it has brought in for 55 of the last 60 years. This year we’ll have the highest amount of revenue to our government we’ve ever had in our history and yet still have a trillion dollar budget deficit. We have a long-term spending problem that has to be resolved, and it will be resolved. And so, I don’t know what it’s going to take. Republicans put our budget out, passed it back in March. Democrats passed a budget in the Senate. Our budget balances over the next 10 years. The Democrats’ budget and the president’s budget never come to balance. And if they don’t ever come to balance, well then you can continue to keep spending money you don’t have.” (Fox Business)
“You Get to Make the Choice”: Boehner Highlights #YourTime Working Families Flexibility Act
Posted by Press Office on May 07, 2013
Unless you’re a government employee, an outdated federal law prohibits your boss from offering you paid time off for overtime you’ve worked. Republicans want to change that, and give all Americans the same flexibility to better balance the demands of work and family.
Debate begins today on the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406) by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL). The bill allows employers to offer workers the choice of comp time or cash for overtime. So “if you work a few extra hours one day and prefer to take time off on another, you can,” says Congressman John Boehner in a new video. “Or if you want, you can just take the cash. Either way,YOU get to make the choice. Not your boss. And not Washington.”
Watch Congressman Boehner here and read his full remarks below:
Here’s where to learn more about the Working Families Flexibility Act:
Republican Governors Lead Top 10 States for Business, GOP-Led Ohio the Most Improved
Posted by Press Office on May 07, 2013
Washington Examiner highlights a new survey showing “Republicans are governing in all of the top 10” states for business. According to the survey, Boehner’s home state of Ohio – which was ranked #44 in 2010 – is now #22, and has the most improved business climate in the nation.
The “dramatic turnaround” in Ohio happened under Governor John Kasich and Republican leadership in Columbus, and is the result of an aggressive effort to focus on economic growth and balance the budget without raising taxes. Here are some quotes from the report:
The lessons from Republican leaders in Ohio and across the country are being applied by the GOP-led House of Representatives, which is working to build a stronger economy for all Americans.
For example, the House is debating the Working Families Flexibility Act, which eliminates an outdated federal rule that prevents employers from offering more choices to their employees. The House has already passed a balanced budget. And “in the weeks ahead,” says Boehner, the House will “clear the roadblocks for the Keystone pipeline, address ObamaCare, and a lot more.”
“We don’t need more tax hikes and more government spending,” says Boehner. “We need smarter policies to make America more competitive and expand opportunities for everyone...” This is the pro-growth approach being taken in Republican-led states, and it’s working. It can work in Washington, too.
Read the full survey on the best and worst states for business here.
Boehner in POLITICO: Republicans are doing more with less to fix the budget
Posted by Press Office on May 06, 2013
“With the House budget, Republicans have shown that the federal government can, and must, do more with less. We can get spending under control and achieve a balanced budget if the president and Washington Democrats come to the table willing to make the same tough choices American families and small businesses are making every day. These hardworking Americans must balance their budgets, and Washington owes it to them to do the same.”
Republicans are doing more with less to fix the budget
Monday night, hardworking moms and dads will gather around their kitchen tables, parsing the bills one by one to budget for gas, groceries, mortgage payments, a school trip, a child’s birthday party. Small-business owners do the same every day — poring over their books to find ways to cut costs without cutting jobs. As the slowest economic recovery of the past half-century grinds on, Americans are making sacrifices to make ends meet. They’re doing more with less and, as the stewards of the people’s House, Republicans are keeping their pledge to do the same.
Recently, House Republicans announced that — after three years in the majority — we are on track to save taxpayers more than $400 million and counting on House operations. The cost-cutting began from the very first vote our new majority took: cutting our own budget by 5 percent. Since that time, House committees have trimmed more than 23 percent off their budgets, and individual offices have cut back by more than 18 percent. House officers, including the clerk, sergeant at arms and chief administrative officer, are also doing more with less. These spending cuts have all been achieved without the need for furloughs and without compromising the promise we made of a more open and accountable government.
While the White House chose to shut its doors to tourists, the U.S. Capitol has remained open to the American public. Security has been enhanced to help keep our visitors safe. And we have improved transparency with open government initiatives like providing new access to legislative documents and data and streaming House floor and committee hearings live online.
After years of higher spending and less transparency when Democrats controlled the House, Republicans have not only changed the trajectory of spending in our own House budget, we’re working to change the culture of spending in Washington, too.
Over the years, both parties routinely stuffed thousands of earmarks into massive spending bills, symbolizing a Congress that had broken faith with the people. Before the House gavel even changed hands, Republicans adopted an earmark ban to eliminate wasteful spending and help restore the public trust. That earmark ban remains in place today.
Republicans have led efforts to pass legislation — reluctantly signed by the president — to cut federal discretionary spending and eliminate and consolidate dozens of ineffective and duplicative federal programs. But with our national debt creeping closer to $17 trillion every day, much more still needs to be done. That’s why Republicans are working to balance the federal budget.
Last month, the House passed a budget that balances over the next 10 years by cutting wasteful government spending, fixing our broken Tax Code to help create new jobs and increase wages, and protecting and strengthening important priorities like Medicare. More than 180 economists agree that reining in spending-driven deficits and balancing the budget are key to fueling stronger economic growth and job creation.
Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has missed another opportunity to lead. His budget never balances, and calls for a $1.1 trillion tax hike to pay for new government spending. Under the president’s budget, America will have run deficits at or near a trillion dollars for five years straight, continuing the same failed policies that are holding back our economy and putting the American dream further out of reach for future generations. If an administration can’t even take basic steps to control government spending, how realistic is it to think it is capable of pulling off the much more difficult task of getting our economy growing at full speed again?
With the House budget, Republicans have shown that the federal government can, and must, do more with less. We can get spending under control and achieve a balanced budget if the president and Washington Democrats come to the table willing to make the same tough choices American families and small businesses are making every day. These hardworking Americans must balance their budgets, and Washington owes it to them to do the same.
John Boehner (R-Ohio) is speaker of the House of Representatives.
Speaker Boehner: Five House Committees Investigating Terrorist Attack in Benghazi
Posted by Press Office on April 18, 2013
Last year, Speaker John Boehner directed five House committees to begin investigating the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. At his press conference today, the Speaker said the committees will soon release a progress report outlining their findings and the next steps in the investigation: