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John Katko: Syracuse fundraiser an opportunity to evaluate House Speaker …

Republican congressional candidate John Katko is pleased that House Speaker John Boehner is coming to Central New York Monday to headline a fundraiser for his campaign

But does that mean Katko, R-Camillus, is a lock to support Boehner for House speaker if he defeats U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei in November? 

No, at least not yet. 

Katko said in an interview Monday that while the fundraiser will be a good opportunity for Boehner, R-Ohio, to get to know him better, he also sees the event as a chance to better evaluate the current speaker of the House. 

“This is an opportunity for me to evaluate him, because if I get elected, it’s the representatives that are going to elect the speaker,” Katko said. “By no means have I settled on one individual yet. But I’m going to definitely evaluate him as I get to know him more. This is part of that evaluation process.”

Despite Katko being undecided on whether to support Boehner for speaker if he’s elected to Congress, Democrats have accused Katko of being a “rubber stamp” for House Republican leaders

Katko disagrees with the “rubber stamp” label and while he appreciates Boehner making the trip to New York to fundraise for his campaign, he said it shouldn’t viewed as a sign that he will be voting with House GOP leaders all the time. 

“It’s nice that he’s here. It’s nice that he’s going to help us raise some money,” he said. “But by no means does it indicate that I’ll be in lockstep with him every step of the way.”

Boehner will headline a Katko campaign fundraiser Monday evening at Belluvue Country Club, 1901 Glenwood Ave., Syracuse. 

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Walsh, a key supporter of Katko’s campaign, and his wife DeDe are honorary chairs for the event. 

A VIP reception will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m., with the general reception running from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Tickets are $250 per person and $375 per couple for the general reception. The cost to attend the VIP reception is $1,000 per couple. 

The fundraiser is closed to the general public and the press. 

Katko is challenging Maffei, D-Syracuse, in the 24th Congressional District race. The district includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, plus the western portion of Oswego County.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4. 

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While On A Seven Week Paid Vacation John Boehner Calls The Unemployed Lazy

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John Boehner left work early to go on a seven-week paid vacation, but the Speaker felt compelled to call the unemployed lazy while Congress is set to pass the fewest pieces of legislation in sixty years.

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During his speech at the American Enterprise Institute, Speaker Boehner said,

We’ve got a record number of Americans not working. We’ve got a record number of Americans stuck, if you will. And I think it’s our obligation to help provide the tools for them to use to bring them into the mainstream of American society. I think this idea that’s been born over the last – maybe out of the economy, over the last couple of years that, you know, I really don’t have to work. You know, I don’t really want to do this; I think I’d just rather sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.

I grew up – most of you know, I grew up in a family with 11 brothers and sisters. My dad owned a bar. And if you wanted something, you worked for it. Now, I don’t know that was any moment my entire bringing up that I didn’t have some kind of a job, whether throwing newspapers, cutting grass, mopping floors at the bar, tending the bar, dealing with those characters that are walking every day. Trust me, I did it all. But I do think that his idea on the Earned Income Tax Credit has an awful lot of merit.

The problem is that Boehner made these remarks as the House left work early to go on a seven week taxpayer paid for vacation. The House left town last week and will not come back into session until after the November elections. This is the earliest departure for the House since 1960.

Roll Call reported that Boehner’s Congress is on pace to pass the fewest pieces of legislation in 60 years,

The 113th Congress, which passed a continuing resolution to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 before heading out of town, has seen just 163 pieces of legislation enacted.

That total, from the House Clerk, tracks only through August, but it’s more than 100 pieces of legislation below the 283 measures enacted in the 112th Congress and well below the 383 in the 111th Congress.

Another handful of bills, including the continuing resolution, have been sent to the president, but unless the 113th has an unprecedented burst of productivity when members return for the lame duck, the die is cast.

Before John Boehner states that the millions of Americans who are unemployed don’t want to work, it would be nice if he did the job that the taxpayers are paying him to do. The myth that the unemployed lack jobs because they are lazy is a crutch that Republicans have been using for decades in order to justify their refusal to help grow the economy and create jobs.

The life of an unemployed person is not easy or fun. Economic hardship is not something that millions of Americans aspire to. Boehner loves to toss the buzzwords jobs and the middle class into his public remarks, but he obviously doesn’t care about creating jobs and helping the middle class.

The level of entitled arrogance behind Boehner’s remarks is astounding. John Boehner should walk a mile in an unemployed person’s shoes before he judges them. Even better, voters should take away his job and then we’ll see what John Boehner has to say about the unemployed.

Article source: http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/22/week-paid-vacation-john-boehner-calls-unemployed-lazy.html

House Speaker John Boehner to headline Syracuse fundraiser Monday for John …

The top Republican in the House of Representatives will come to Central New York Monday for a fundraiser supporting John Katko’s campaign. 

House Speaker John Boehner will headline the event at Bellevue Country Club, 1901 Glenwood Ave., Syracuse. Former U.S. Rep. Jim Walsh, a Republican, and his wife DeDe are honorary chairs for the fundraiser. 

Katko, R-Camillus, is a former federal prosecutor. He is challenging U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei in the 24th Congressional District race. 

The fundraiser is not open to the public or the press. A VIP reception will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The general reception will follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Tickets for the general reception are $250 per person and $375 per couple. For the VIP reception, tickets cost $1,000 per couple. 

Boehner, R-Ohio, is the latest House Republican leader to visit Central New York to support Katko’s campaign.

Last month, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden stopped in Syracuse for a fundraiser. While Walden didn’t make an appearance with Katko, he praised the Republican challenger. 

“I think he’s terrific,” Walden said in August. “Having been a nationally recognized prosecutor over the course of a couple of decades, he is a true public servant for all of the right reasons with a strong philosophical underpinning. He’s well known, not district-wide, but for what he’s done and is highly respected. He’s not a career political sort of person running, which I think has a lot of appeal to voters, especially in a cycle like this that is often a referendum on the president and his party.”

The NRCC has hit the airwaves in Central New York with two TV ads in the past week. The first ad attacks Maffei, D-Syracuse, and highlights Katko’s career as a federal prosecutor.

The second ad, which was released Friday, hits Maffei for four votes on national security issues

Boehner has visited Central New York in previous elections to campaign for Republican candidates. In 2010 and 2012, he came to the Syracuse area for fundraisers supporting former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s campaigns. Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, beat Maffei in 2010 before losing her re-election bid to the Syracuse Democrat in 2012. 

The fundraiser won’t be the first time Boehner has financially supported Katko’s campaign. 

Boehner’s campaign committee, Friends of John Boehner, donated $2,000 to Katko in June. The Freedom Project contributed $5,000 to Katko’s campaign. 

Boehner serves as honorary chairman of The Freedom Project. 

The 24th Congressional District includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, plus the western portion of Oswego County.

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John Boehner attends fundraiser for Lee Zeldin’s House campaign

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The house speaker John Boehner arrives at a fundraiser for Lee Zeldin on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in motorcade. (Credit: Veronique Louis)

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The house speaker John Boehner arrives at a fundraiser for Lee Zeldin on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 in motorcade. (Credit: Veronique Louis)

House Speaker John Boehner headlined a private fundraiser in Bridgehampton Saturday for state Sen. Lee Zeldin’s campaign to deny Rep. Tim Bishop a seventh term.

More than 150 people attended the cocktail-hour reception at the home of developer John Farrell, with donors paying $500 to $2,600. Boehner (R-Ohio) came and left in a motorcade without making any public comment.

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House Speaker John Boehner headlined a private fundraiser in Bridgehampton Saturday for state Sen. Lee Zeldin’s campaign to deny Rep. Tim Bishop a seventh term.

More than 150 people attended the cocktail-hour reception at the home of developer John Farrell, with donors paying $500 to $2,600. Boehner (R-Ohio) came and left in a motorcade without making any public comment.

A Siena College/Newsday/News 12 poll released last week showed Zeldin (R-Shirley) trailing Bishop (D-Southampton) by 10 percentage points. Zeldin, in an interview after the event, called Boehner’s appearance a boost for his campaign. “For me, it’s great to have that opportunity for many of our supporters at this stage of the campaign to know that they’re not alone in their efforts to win back the 1st Congressional District, that the national Republicans are also investing their time and energy into winning this race,” Zeldin said.


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The national House campaign committees for both parties regard the East End race as competitive and committed more than $1 million each.

Zeldin said he “may get outspent” in his campaign but “the heart of our effort is our direct voter contact with tremendous volunteers who greatly believe that our country is headed in the wrong direction, and they know that we can’t keep re-electing the same congressman over and over again and ever expect a different result.”

Bishop spokesman Evan Lukaske said in a statement before Zeldin’s fundraiser: “Boehner knows that Zeldin will be a rubber stamp for the far-right wing’s reckless agenda that puts the interests of corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent ahead of the middle class on Long Island.” With Will James

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The top Republican in the House of Representatives will come to Central New …

The top Republican in the House of Representatives will come to Central New York Monday for a fundraiser supporting John Katko’s campaign. 

House Speaker John Boehner will headline the event at Bellevue Country Club, 1901 Glenwood Ave., Syracuse. Former U.S. Rep. Jim Walsh, a Republican, and his wife DeDe are honorary chairs for the fundraiser. 

Katko, R-Camillus, is a former federal prosecutor. He is challenging U.S. Rep. Dan Maffei in the 24th Congressional District race. 

The fundraiser is not open to the public or the press. A VIP reception will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The general reception will follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. 

Tickets for the general reception are $250 per person and $375 per couple. For the VIP reception, tickets cost $1,000 per couple. 

Boehner, R-Ohio, is the latest House Republican leader to visit Central New York to support Katko’s campaign.

Last month, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden stopped in Syracuse for a fundraiser. While Walden didn’t make an appearance with Katko, he praised the Republican challenger. 

“I think he’s terrific,” Walden said in August. “Having been a nationally recognized prosecutor over the course of a couple of decades, he is a true public servant for all of the right reasons with a strong philosophical underpinning. He’s well known, not district-wide, but for what he’s done and is highly respected. He’s not a career political sort of person running, which I think has a lot of appeal to voters, especially in a cycle like this that is often a referendum on the president and his party.”

The NRCC has hit the airwaves in Central New York with two TV ads in the past week. The first ad attacks Maffei, D-Syracuse, and highlights Katko’s career as a federal prosecutor.

The second ad, which was released Friday, hits Maffei for four votes on national security issues

Boehner has visited Central New York in previous elections to campaign for Republican candidates. In 2010 and 2012, he came to the Syracuse area for fundraisers supporting former U.S. Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s campaigns. Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, beat Maffei in 2010 before losing her re-election bid to the Syracuse Democrat in 2012. 

The fundraiser won’t be the first time Boehner has financially supported Katko’s campaign. 

Boehner’s campaign committee, Friends of John Boehner, donated $2,000 to Katko in June. The Freedom Project contributed $5,000 to Katko’s campaign. 

Boehner serves as honorary chairman of The Freedom Project. 

The 24th Congressional District includes all of Cayuga, Onondaga and Wayne counties, plus the western portion of Oswego County.

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Boehner: Immigration reform will help boost the economy


It wasn’t part of the jobs message he planned to pitch, but Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that immigration reform would help boost the economy.

“Immigration reform will help our economy, but you’ve got to secure the border first,” the Ohio Republican said after a speech at the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. “We’ve got a mess and everyone knows we’ve got a mess.  

“Our legal system is broken, our border isn’t secure, and we’ve got the problem of those who are here without documents,” the Speaker continued. “It needs to be fixed. We’re a nation of immigrants, the sooner we do it, the better off the country would be.”

His immigration comments, in response to an audience question, weren’t part of his prepared remarks. They followed a 20-minute-speech in which Boehner laid out his five-point plan to jump-start America’s economy.

The AEI address served as the GOP’s closing argument before the November midterm elections and came just as the House was wrapping up its final day of votes before sprinting to the campaign trail.

Boehner didn’t offer many surprises in his speech: He called for fixing the U.S. tax code, cutting spending, reforming the legal system, reining in federal regulations and boosting education.

And the Speaker said opening up more areas for oil exploration and building the Keystone XL pipeline would “really get our economy humming.”

“We do these five things in a meaningful way, along with the coming energy boom, we can reset the foundation of our economy for the next two or three generations and beyond,” Boehner said.

Boehner argued that GOP’s first priority should be tax reform. He said all the focus on so-called corporate “inversions” — where U.S. corporations buy foreign companies and move their headquarters abroad to avoid taxes — was short-sighted.

“Inversions are really just visible symptoms of a much deeper problem: our tax code is terrible.  No one understands it, certainly not the IRS,” Boehner said. “So all this talk about inversions is just making the problem smaller.

“It’s fussing over a divot when the road is loaded with potholes.”

He also tried to inspire. When fall arrives, Boehner said, he’s reminded of how cities and college built memorials to honor those who perished during the world wars.

“Well, America has a tough schedule in front of it. We cannot avoid that. Nor should we try,” Boehner said during his pep talk.

“America is not merely obligated to lead. We are again called to lead,” he added. “And we are driven to serve in the same spirit in which our parents and grandparents built those living memorials — with humility and a desire to leave something that outlasts us.”

This post was updated at 3:43 p.m. 

Article source: http://thehill.com/news/house/218226-boehner-immigration-reform-will-help-economy

John Boehner and the Republican House Votes With Obama… Wait, What!?

Professional. Bipartisan. Serious. Mature. Those are four words that you would not ordinarily associate with Washington politics, especially during a tough congressional re-election year when everyone is trying to save themselves from being fired. And you definitely would not utter those words when describing the relationship between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives — a relationship that has proven to be as just as symbiotic as what Jay Carney and John McCain exhibited last week on CNN.

But guess what? As one American citizen among many who have either grown tired of the dysfunctional politics inside the Beltway or are simply unsure what to make of it, the Republican House and the Democratic president actually came together on an issue of such monumental importance that Obama himself thought it wise to speak to the American public in a prime-time nationally-televised address. The issue I’m talking about, of course, is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or whatever you want to call savages who execute hundreds of people in a span of only a few minutes) — an organization so ruthless in its tactics and expansive in its ambition that al Qaeda’s old-timer Ayman al-Zawahiri scurried away from anyone connected to the group. That’s about as likely as getting America’s defense hawks to agree with its multilateralists. Well, it turns out both are more likely than we thought.

As reported by HuffPo’s own Michael McAuliff and Jennifer Bendery, the same chamber that has caused President Obama’s hair to lose some its youthful luster overwhelmingly passed one of the White House’s most important foreign policy priorities this year: the $500 million funding package that will be used to train and equip a moderate Syrian rebel faction that is currently being decimated from all directions. The vote was a hefty 273-156 for the measure (introduced by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon as an amendment to the CR).

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Yet what was far more impressive than the final vote tally was how bipartisan the vote actually was — 159 Republicans joined 114 Democrats in the “yea” column. Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise — three men whose names would normally elicit eye-rolls and headaches in the Democratic caucus and in the administration — actively lobbied skeptical House Republicans to vote for the White House program. Sure, there were a couple potshots that Speaker Boehner directed at President Obama and his anti-ISIL strategy along the way, like whether the policy would actually accomplish the goal that it sets out to achieve (“degrade and destroy ISIL”). But the Speaker still came to the conclusion that the Congress “ought to give the president what he’s asking for.” And, just to show that he wasn’t simply preaching to his members, Boehner filed his own “yes” ballot. Such is an act of symbolism that represents just how strongly the Republican leader feels about the ISIL threat. Even the smartest political historian would be hard-pressed to find another instance when the entire House Republican leadership was in lockstep with the White House went it came time to vote.

Boehner, McCarthy, and Scalise weren’t the only Republican bigwigs to show some political courage. The Republican chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, Intelligence, Ways and Means, and Appropriations committees in the end were all behind the training-and-eqiupping program that the White House has spent considerable time lobbying for over the past several weeks. Not to sound overly dramatic or suggest that this is the beginning of a change in the partisanship that Washington is known for, but the fact that senior members of the House Republican caucus decided to caste their lot with an Obama initiative is something that is quite groundbreaking in today’s congressional politics.

If the House of Representatives wanted to send the message that Republicans and Democrats are behind the Commander-in-Chief on what will be a multi-year, comprehensive counterterrorism campaign against ISIL in both Syria and Iraq, it succeeded. For Americans, it must be nice to see Congress working quickly and effectively, and without any procedural delays, on the most timely matter of U.S. national security.

Testy congressional hearings with administration officials aside, it looks like the $500 million request for the moderate Syrian opposition is the only game in town for the majority of lawmakers. Now comes the hard part: sustaining that bipartisanship spirit as the counterterrorism strategy is executed. Judging from past wars in our nation’s contemporary history, doing so will be a high bar to climb.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-r-depetris/john-boehners-house-votes_b_5840040.html

John Boehner Is Done Being Nice About The Unemployed

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner’s Thursday lament that unemployed people think they can “just sit around” instead of working shows how much the political conversation about the economy has changed.

All year long, Democrats have bashed the Ohio Republican for his callous indifference to the plight of the long-term unemployed, who Democrats have insisted aren’t lazy.

And in dozens of interviews with HuffPost, unemployed people themselves have said they resent any implication they’re not trying to find jobs.

“The job market here is fierce, and when politicians refer to us as lazy and not willing to work, it’s just like a slap in the face,” Lisa Millard, an unemployed Las Vegas casino worker, told HuffPost in July.

But in his many public statements refusing to allow a House vote reauthorizing long-term unemployment insurance, Boehner always avoided saying anything about unemployed people. Instead, he criticized the legislation itself for a variety of reasons: It didn’t create jobs. It would be difficult to implement. Go bug Obama about it.

During a Thursday event to promote his own jobs plan, however, Boehner let his hair down by lamenting “this idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country.”

A spokesman for Boehner told Reuters the speaker wasn’t trying to call the unemployed lazy, despite the clear implication. His change in tone probably is owed to two things: First, Democrats are no longer pushing for more unemployment benefits, and secondly, the unemployment rate has fallen steadily to 6.1 percent. Politically, it’s safer than it’s been in years to dis the jobless.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/john-boehner-unemployment_n_5849742.html

John Boehner Says Unemployed People ‘Just Sit Around,’ Don’t Think They …

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seemed to echo Mitt Romney’s infamous claim that 47 percent of Americans are “takers” who suck up government benefits during a speech at a conservative Washington D.C. think tank on Thursday. Addressing the American Enterprise Institute, Boehner suggested that President Barack Obama’s economy has lulled many unemployed people into a sense of dependence on government.

“This idea that has been born, maybe out of the economy over the last couple years, that you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this. I think I’d rather just sit around. This is a very sick idea for our country,” he said.

“If you wanted something you worked for it,” Boehner said, adding, “Trust me, I did it all.”

But the unemployed aren’t jobless because they’re lazy or receive government benefits. Most face huge obstacles to finding good paying jobs in a slow economic recovery.

Currently, there are more than two job seekers for every job opening in the country and the severity of the recession has created a long-term unemployment problem that has made many job seekers almost unemployable. Research shows that being unemployed for nine months has the same impact on your odds of getting hired as losing four full years of experience from a résumé. As a result, many people who lost their jobs have gone back to school, retired early, or continue to look for work without success.

In fact, millions of unemployed people are having a harder time finding a job since Congressional Republicans allowed the long-term unemployment benefits program to lapse. Research — and real world experience — has found that the program’s job search requirements encourage people to spend more time job hunting and helps cover essentials like internet service for job applications or gas money for interviews.

Boehner’s remarks are similar to comments made by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) in March. During an appearance on a conservative radio show, Ryan claimed, “We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

Article source: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/09/19/3569632/boehner-unemployed-work/