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.”
Posted by Press Office on January 22, 2013
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and looked ahead to the annual March for Life, which will take place on Friday:
Last year, Boehner had the privilege of becoming the first Speaker in history to address the March for Life. He 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 last summer:
Here’s the full video of Speaker Boehner’s remarks from last year:
Posted by Press Office on January 09, 2013
In 2012, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) continued to focus on building a stronger economy and brighter future for our kids and grandkids. In between floor debates and press conferences were small moments shared with colleagues, staff, and visitors from around the world. This set of photos, including several newly released images, takes you behind the scenes with Speaker Boehner, a self-described “regular guy with a big job”:
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Posted by Press Office on January 03, 2013
Today, Congressman Boehner posted the following message thanking the people of Clark County for the opportunity to serve as their representative in the House and welcomed them to the Eighth District community.
“To the newest constituents of the Eighth District of Ohio, the people of Clark County, please let me welcome you and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your representative in the House of Representatives.
Speaker Boehner: House Has Passed Bills to Avert Entire Fiscal Cliff; Now President Obama & His Senate Must Take ActionPosted by Brittany Bramell on December 21, 2012
At a press conference today with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) underscored the need for President Obama and his Democratic-controlled Senate to take action to avert the massive tax hikes and replace the defense sequester scheduled to take effect in just 10 days. As Speaker Boehner noted, the House has already passed legislation to avert the entire fiscal cliff, and it is now up to the Democrats who run Washington to get serious about the spending cuts and entitlement reforms needed to address our debt and resolve the fiscal cliff. Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:
“As you know, the House did not take up the tax bill last night because we didn’t have the votes to pass it. It’s not the outcome that I wanted, but that was the will of the House.
“So, unless the President and Congress take action, tax rates will go up on every American taxpayer and devastating defense cuts will go into effect in ten days.
“The House has already passed bills addressing the fiscal cliff. We passed a bill replacing the president’s sequester with responsible spending cuts and did it last May. We passed a bill to stop all the tax hikes on the American people scheduled to take effect January 1, and we did that on August 1. And we’ve proposed plans over and over again that Democrats used to support, but now they won’t.
“I don’t want taxes to go up. Republicans don’t want taxes to go up. But we only run the House, the Democrats continue to run Washington.
“What the president has proposed so far simply won’t do anything to solve our spending problem. He wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. And he simply won’t deal honestly with entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our country.
“We need significant spending cuts and real tax reform to address our long-term debt problem and pave the way for long-term growth and real growth in jobs in our country.
“We’ll continue to work with our colleagues in the House and the Senate on a plan that protects families and small businesses from the fiscal cliff.”
Posted by Press Office on December 13, 2012
In the debate over avoiding the “fiscal cliff,” an important point has been forgotten: when it comes to solving our debt, government spending is the problem that must be addressed.
Republicans have offered a balanced, pro-growth solution that would avert the fiscal cliff by making needed spending cuts and reforming our tax code in ways the president previously supported. This kind of plan – backed by a majority of the American people in survey after survey – would help address our debt and pave the way for long-term job growth.
President Obama and Democrats, on the other hand, want to punish small businesses with higher tax rates while increasing spending. The president has demanded as much as four times in tax hikes versus spending cuts, which are dwarfed by new ‘stimulus.’ This isn’t balanced. And it won’t do any good.
The chart above – prepared by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and the House Budget Committee – shows what happens to projected levels of tax revenue (green) if President Obama’s tax increases kick in (blue), and compares that with recent and projected spending trajectory (red). As you can see, if the president gets his tax hikes, we still face a mountain of spending-driven debt.
Even Democrats like Erskine Bowles admit, “We have to cut spending.” As said on CBS Face the Nation, “Even if you raise the top rates back to the Clinton rates, that only creates about $400 billion over 10 years. That's $40 billion a year. We have a trillion dollar a year deficit.”
Spending is the problem. Republicans want to make needed spending cuts; Democrats are silent. And that’s why there’s still no agreement on averting the fiscal cliff.