Jan 6, 2013

Boehner addresses Congress after reelection to leadership position

WASHINGTON, DC – Speaker of the House John Boehner, representative for Ohio’s Eighth District that includes Darke County, has retained his position as head of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 113th Congress. Boehner ran unchallenged, but there was some concern he may lose the position after the fiscal cliff battle. The deal was struck on New Year’s Day, but several Republican Representatives, even those from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, went against the Speaker’s recommendation and voted against the bill, which lent some concern to retaining his leadership position. However, Boehner received 220 of 426 votes to be reelected as Speaker of the House.

Following his reelection, Boehner addressed Congress urged his fellow representatives to remember the history of the institution, “The way our founders envisioned it, the republic would be led by citizens who recognize that the blessing of governing ourselves requires that we give something of ourselves. Everything depended on this. So they made each other – and their successors – swear an oath of allegiance. In a few moments, I will take this oath for the 12th time as representative of the Eighth District of Ohio. It is word for word the same oath we all take. Note that it makes no mention of party, faction, or title…contains no reference to agendas or platforms – only to the Constitution.”

Boehner also recognized the challenges that Congress will have, “Our government has built up too much debt,” he said. “Our economy is not producing enough jobs. These are not separate problems. At $16 trillion and rising, our national debt is draining free enterprise and weakening the ship of state. The American Dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt. Break its hold, and we begin to set our economy free. Jobs will come home. Confidence will come back. We do this not just to boost GDP or reduce unemployment, but to secure for our children a future of freedom and opportunity. Nothing is more important.”

The full text of Speaker Boehner’s speech can be found at www.bluebagmedia.com, click on the opinion page.

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