3 Jan

Boehner re-elected Speaker of the House

                                       

John Boehner was re-elected Speaker of the House. The “Fire Boehner” coup never materilized it seems. According to Bob Costa’s sources it was a poorly organized attempt to install a new Speaker:

The details:

Boehner won a bare majority in a vote that saw nine Republicans vote for other GOP members, and several others who abstained from voting or voted “present.” Two years ago, Boehner won all 241 available GOP votes.

In a vote that opened the 113th Congress, Boehner received 220 votes, compared to 192 for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the minority leader. Fourteen members voted for other candidates or present. Boehner needed 218 votes to win reelection.

Defectors from Boehner included Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), who voted for Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho). Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and two freshmen, Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), all voted for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), but Cantor himself voted for Boehner.

Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) voted for outgoing member Allen West (R-Fla.). Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) voted for former Comptroller General David Walker. Speakers of the House do not have to be members of the House, although historically they all have been.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) voted for Amash, and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) voted for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Boehner once again broke down during his speech, he’s obviously an emotional man, and the speech was a good one: (skip to 12:24 for his speech)

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Text:

Leader Pelosi, members of the House and Senate, dear family and friends, fellow countrymen:

We meet again at democracy’s great port of call. Every two years, at this hour, the Constitution brings a new order to this House. It is an interlude for reflection, a glimpse of old truths.

To our new members and their families, welcome. You are likely feeling awestruck right about now. History runs through here. And now you are among a select few to share in this privilege.

For those who are returning, who have walked these aisles before, maybe it’s time we feel awestruck again.

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 twelfth 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

The one addition we dare to make, as George Washington did at the first inaugural, is to invoke the assistance of our Heavenly Father.

This covenant makes us servants of posterity. It calls us to refuse the pull of passing interests and follow the fixed star of a more perfect union.

Put simply, we are sent here not to be something, but to do something – to do the right thing.

It’s a big job, and it comes with big challenges.

Our government has built up too much debt. 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.

As Washington wrote in his farewell address, we should not “throw upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.”

Well, the burden is ours and so is the opportunity.

There is no substitute for the wisdom of the people. We are their servants. As Speaker, I pledge to listen and do all I can to help you carry out the oath you are about to take.

Because in our hearts, we know it is wrong to pass on this debt to our kids and grandkids. Now we have to be willing – truly willing – to make this right.

Public service was never meant to be an easy living. Extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership.

So if you have come here to see your name in lights or to pass off political victory as accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place. The door is behind you.

If you have come here humbled by the opportunity to serve; if you have come here to be the determined voice of the people; if you have come here to carry the standard of leadership demanded not just by our constituents but by the times, then you have come to the right place.

There is a time to every purpose under Heaven. For the 113th Congress, it is a time to rise. When the day is over, and the verdict is read, may it be said that we well and faithfully did our duty to ensure freedom will endure and prevail.

So help us God.

Many great things about the speech, and Boehner has done his part to at least attempt negotiations with the other side but judging from his remark recently that he will no longer meet Obama one-on-one and telling Reid to “go f*** yourself” he may be coming around to a fact most of us already knew. The left doesn’t want to negotiate, they want to rule as Monarchs.

I guess we’ll see. I had high hopes for Boehner when he was last elected Speaker and was disappointed.

Has he seen the light or will this be more of the same ole’ same ole?

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Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.
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12 Responses to Boehner re-elected Speaker of the House

  1. justme95 says: 1

    I see rounds of golf with BO in Boehner’s future. I have no faith in that man.

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  2. MM says: 2

    “Has he seen the light..” HAHAHA You’re kidding right?

    I will never understand what happens to these guys when they get to DC-our Founders really had no idea that having access to all of the cash and perks would turn their souls otherwise they would have made term limits an integral part of the Constitution-for SC Justices too

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  3. Bobachek says: 3

    As long as the Oarnge man is running the show, capitulation to liberals will continue…It astounds me the amount of lip service given by these so called conservatives and yet when the time comes to pony up they fold like a cheap suit…
    Honestly I expected Boehner to cave but the fact that Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan, both from Wisconsin, did the same was immensely disappointing for me.
    I think we may truly be screwed by the nation of moochers..

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  4. FAITH7 says: 4

    I also had high hopes for this man….I am disappointed at every turn…
    He says things like;
    “Extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership.”
    AND
    A lot of good, serious stuff…

    The same old adage remains…”Actions speak louder than words”…

    I have up days and down days with this stuff…and some days it is harder to keep the faith…

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  5. Nan G says: 5

    In the Des Moines Register, liberal columnist Donald Kaul wrote:

    I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.

    http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20121230/OPINION01/312300033/Kaul-Nation-needs-new-agenda-guns

    So, I guess all that racism (against orange people) and violence is OK against John Boehner.

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  6. annie says: 6

    We have no true leaders anymore they are all there now to line their pockets and the hell with us we are the people that pay their salaries and we should vote them all out………..

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  7. Redteam says: 7

    @annie: So true, the Repubs folded, as was expected. We can hope, but once an ordinary person gets to congress and sees what it means, it doesn’t take long to ‘play the game’ whatever they have to do to be re-elected. That’s the game.

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  8. icecream says: 8

    Goody-goody two-shoes….
    I bet the Congress is really going to listen to us this time…NOT

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  9. onbe says: 9

    Now that the old is out and the new is in time to get to work
    ————–
    Do not increase the federal debt ceiling. Increasing it beyond $16,000,000,000,000 is unsustainable and unjustifiable.
    The existing debt of $16 trillion is well beyond what it should be. Continuing to increase our debt would place an unconscionable burden on future generations yet unborn, especially since the federal government also has unfunded liabilities exceeding $80 trillion. There is no reason that the federal government needs to spend more than it takes in, which is projected to be $3 trillion this year! This debt weakens our nation by making us beholden to foreign governments and putting us on the path towards national insolvency. Massive federal borrowing also greatly reduces the amount of capital available to maintain & grow the economy. Since the political leadership in DC is incapable of restraining their spending, our only hope is to restrict spending by maintaining the current debt ceiling.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/do-not-increase-federal-debt-ceiling-increasing-it-beyond-16000000000000-unsustainable-and/BRbdktVd

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  10. johngalt says: 10

    The next two years are going to be almost unbearable, with the Senate firmly in the hands of the progressives, the WH a den of corruption, backroom deals, crony capitalism, and people who could care less about the Constitution, …………….

    ……….and then the House. Where Boehner is all set to further enable the progressive bent of Congress, using his sycophants in the establishment GOP to run over those true conservatives in his party.

    And We, the People, will experience the fruits of all of DC’s labors. Lovely.

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  11. Sid says: 11

    We need term limits or no retirement benefits for members of Congress.

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