Boehner Invites Vets to Information Night
Posted by Press Office on September 04, 2013
In a recent video message, Congressman Boehner invited veterans from across the Eighth District to attend an upcoming information night with Boehner staff and representatives from the Cleveland VA Regional Office, VA medical centers, Ohio Department of Veterans Services, and County Veterans Service Officers. As Boehner explains in the video, these events aim to provide assistance and information to constituents about services for veterans available in Ohio. Please see below for event details and find an informational flyer here.
Monday, September 9, 2013
315 High Street, 1st Floor
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
“Hi, I’m John Boehner.
“I’d like to personally invite you to attend one of our upcoming veteran’s information nights here in the Eighth Congressional District.
“These informational sessions will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about your disability claims, receive the latest information directly from the VA, and much more.
“To make sure you can find one of these close to home, my office will host three nights around our district.
“The first one is in Hamilton on September 9th. The second in Greenville on September 10th. And the last session is in Springfield on September 12th.
“If you’d like to learn more or you’d like to sign up in advance, please visit my website at johnboehner.house.gov.
“I hope you are able to make it, and thank you for your service.”
Constituent Mailbag: What’s Congress Doing to Tackle High Energy Prices?
Posted by Press Office on June 28, 2013
Congressman Boehner recently received an email from Floyd, a small businessman from West Chester, asking what Congress is doing to address high energy prices. In response, Boehner recorded a brief message highlighting two “all of the above” energy bills passed by the House of Representatives this week. These bills – both part of our Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs – will expand offshore energy production to create new American jobs, and help lower costs for families and small businesses.
Read more about these two bills here and take a minute to watch Boehner’s message below:
“Hi, I’m John Boehner.
“I recently received an email from Floyd, a small businessman from West Chester, Ohio, who told me that high energy costs are hurting his business, and he’d like to know what I’m doing to help bring down the prices.
“Floyd, House Republicans are committed to a true all-of-the-above energy approach that will lower energy prices and create good American jobs.
“That means we want to see more affordable energy options for the country, not less.
“To this end, the House will vote this week on two more bills that will expand American energy production. One of those bills is the Offshore Energy & Jobs Act, will increase energy production by unlocking our nation’s most resource-rich offshore areas.
“Rest assured, Floyd, addressing the high cost of energy by removing unnecessary government barriers to responsible domestic energy production will remain a top priority for the House.
“Thanks again for your question.
“If you have a question that you’d like to ask, please visit JohnBoehner.House.gov and contact me today.”
Hundreds of Thousands of Ohio Students Will Face Higher Interest Rates if Democrats Don’t Act
Posted by Press Office on June 18, 2013
Interest rates on student loans will double on July 1st unless the Democratic-controlled Senate follows the GOP-led House and acts on a solution. As recently reported by the Columbus Dispatch, if the interest rate doubles it would affect “361,857 students at public and private Ohio colleges.”
To protect students in Ohio and across the country, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Smarter Solutions for Students Act on May 23rd. This bill “echoes a plan” by President Obama to tie loans to a market-based rate and get politicians out of the student loan business for good.
Unfortunately, the president’s Democratic-controlled Senate still hasn’t passed a bill that keeps rates from doubling, let alone a long-term solution to fix this problem.
Congressman Boehner expressed his concerns about the political posturing in Washington last week saying, “I’m now concerned that the president and his party have decided to deliberately allow rates to rise on students and families after July 1. Instead of engaging with the House and Senate Republicans to enact a student loan fix that we all agree is needed, they seem to be intent on picking a fake fight to create some kind of a distraction.”
Learn more about the Smarter Solutions for Students Act here and visit gop.gov/jobs to read more about the Republican Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs.
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: