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By Office of the Speaker | January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
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The president did plenty of talking Tuesday night – so much so that we found at least 18 facts worth checking – but it’s clear he hasn’t been listening.  A number of the people’s priorities went unmentioned in the State of the Union, including:

1. A pledge to sign bipartisan jobs bills, including the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that enjoys popular and bipartisan support.  And …

By Office of the Speaker | January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today highlighted some of his guests who will sit in the House gallery for tonight’s State of the Union address.

The Speaker’s box will include families and employers from Ohio’s Eighth District whose stories reflect the priorities of Speaker Boehner’s five-point long-term vision for resetting the foundation of our economy.

Fritz Borke, President of Borke Mold Specialists, Inc., …

By Office of the Speaker | January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
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WASHINGTON, DC – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today announced that U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation following the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, 2015.

“Sen. Ernst brings a unique perspective to the Senate. She is a mother, a soldier, and an independent leader who serves in Washington because Americans voted for change in the last election, and Joni understands that middle-class Americans want …

By Office of the Speaker | January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
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When President Obama announced his unilateral action on immigration in November, he cloaked his decision to ignore the law in the guise of better enforcement through prioritization.

The legality of the president’s action aside, this argument is just more baloney – and data quietly released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the Friday before Christmas prove it. In fiscal year 2014, …

By Office of the Speaker | December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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President Obama attempted to defend his unilateral action on immigration in two interviews last week, and in each case, reporters pressed him on why he had previously told them many times that he did not have the legal authority to act on his own. Caught in a clear flip-flop, the president’s rhetorical acrobatics were a sight to behold.

“[In a 2011 town hall] …

By Office of the Speaker | December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
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This week, we’re taking up bipartisan legislation to help prevent veteran suicides, which according to the VA, are occurring at a rate of 22 deaths per day.

H.R. 5059 is named in honor of Marine Cpl. Clay Hunt, who earned a Purple Heart in Iraq before redeploying to Afghanistan.   After being diagnosed with PTSD, Clay sought to help others and raise awareness about depression.  Then, on March 31, 2011, he took his own life.  Clay was 28.

Clay’s mother, Susan Selke, has …

By Office of the Speaker | December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Last week, the House passed the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which again included language prohibiting the Obama administration from transferring terrorists held at the prison in Guantanamo Bay to American soil. The Associated Press reported:

President Barack Obama’s 5-year-old campaign to close the federal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, suffered a major setback as lawmakers finalizing the annual defense policy bill rejected steps toward …

By Office of the Speaker | November 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On Wednesday last week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson delivered a blunt warning. “I’m concerned about the possibility of another rise in illegal migration,” he said, referring to the flood of unaccompanied minors that overwhelmed Border Patrol agents and caused a humanitarian crisis over the summer.

Just one day later, President Obama announced he was unilaterally granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants who are already in the country – a move that …

By Office of the Speaker | November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Remember how the new HealthCare.gov wasn’t going to display premiums until the second week of November?  At the time, federal officials “downplayed” the possibility of more sticker shock.

Well lo and behold, the information has come out – in “a Friday data dump,” naturally – and what do you know?

“ObamaCare costs to increase for many. A trove of data released Friday …