Speaker Boehner: “Our Whole House Continues to Pray for the Victims and Their Families”
Posted by Press Office on April 16, 2013
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) made the following remarks today on the attack in Boston:
“I don’t think words can express our sorrow for the families that are grieving today as a result of what happened in Boston. The whole House yesterday offered our moment of silence, but our whole House continues to pray for the victims and their families.
“We also give thanks to the professionals and Good Samaritans who helped to prevent further loss of life. I’ve ordered the flags at the Capitol to be flown at half-staff in tribute to the victims and their families.
“It was a terrible day for all Americans, but we carry on in the American spirit, we will come together with grace and with strength.”
Boehner & the Red Tape Tower Mark Tax Day
Posted by Press Office on April 15, 2013
Sen. Mitch McConnell’s infamous ObamaCare Red Tape Tower joined Congressman John Boehner for a Tax Day video highlighting the need for a fairer, simpler tax code.
Just like ObamaCare, our tax code is a complicated mess that hurts small business owners, young workers, and families. The president’s health care law alone added 21 different tax hikes totaling more than $1 trillion, including a tax on life-saving medical devices that is forcing companies to close up shop and ship jobs overseas.
As Boehner notes, the tax code and all of its regulations, annotations, and explanations total 74,000 pages – or roughly four Red Tape Tower-sized stacks. Simplifying our tax code, closing loopholes, and lowering rates for everyone will help create new jobs and increase wages. Scrapping ObamaCare and its “whopping 7 feet, 3 inches high” tower of red tape will help too. (the balanced budget passed by Republicans aims to both repeal ObamaCare and fix our tax code)
Click here for more on the effort to fix our tax code and let us know what you think should be done in the comments below.
Here are Boehner’s full remarks:
The Speaker's March 2013 in Photos
Posted by Press Office on March 28, 2013
The month of March had Speaker Boehner hosting his 22nd Annual Eighth District Farm Forum, discussing a responsible, balanced budget with CNBC and CNN, welcoming the Prime Minster of Ireland to Washington, continuing to open the doors to the U.S. Capitol for visitors from around the world, and much more. The full set of photos can be seen on Flickr, complete with captions and additional information.
Click here to go to Speaker Boehner's official Flickr page.
From Catholic Schools to Congress: Grads Serving in U.S. House Celebrate Cincinnati-Area Catholic High Schools
Posted by Press Office on March 22, 2013
The membership of the new 113th Congress includes no fewer than four members of the U.S. House of Representatives who graduated from Cincinnati-area Catholic high schools: Reps. John Boehner (R-OH), a graduate of Moeller High School; Steve Chabot (R-OH), a graduate of LaSalle High School; Trey Radel (R-FL), a graduate of Elder High School; and Brad Wenstrup (R-OH), a graduate of St. Xavier High School.
The four congressional graduates of Cincinnati-area Catholic schools gathered together March 14 to celebrate the Cincinnati area’s longstanding tradition of excellence in Catholic education, proudly wearing the colors of their respective schools as they joined together for a group photo on the Speaker’s Balcony of the U.S. Capitol.
“I am proud of my Catholic education; it has helped define my character, strengthen my morality and make me the man, husband, father, and grandfather I am,” said Rep. Chabot, who represents Ohio’s First Congressional District. “From my elementary days at Holy Family and St. Catherine's, to my high school years at LaSalle, my Catholic education has cultivated my virtues and taught me to stand up for what I believe is right. It has taught me fortitude, humility and optimism. Quite simply, I would not be the man I am without my Catholic education.”
PHOTO: Boehner Welcomes Fairfield Students to the Capitol
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:
VIDEO: Boehner Kicks-Off Annual Congressional Art Competition
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.
Pictures from This Week: Working Hard for the Eighth District
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.
On The Kudlow Report, Speaker Boehner Highlights Economists Who Agree Spending is the Problem
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, & More
Posted 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?”
It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the 2013 Farm Forum!
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.