John Boehner

Probably nothing has roiled the hoped-for response to Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s unprecedented address to the joint houses of The U.S. Congress, like the arrival on-scene and subsequent pained demeanor, of Nobel Peace-Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel.  The coincidental arrival of an unanticipated Spring snow storm also provided excuses for the large number of members in both houses, who shunned the Prime Minister’s highly controversial speech, arranged by House Speaker Boehner, without any previous notice to President Obama; a glaring and intentional insult.

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner visited Glens Falls yesterday to attend a fundraiser for the Republican candidate in the race for northern New York’s 21st Congressional District. While one of the nation’s most prominent Republicans did not meet with the general public or media, some protesters hoped to catch his attention.

    John Boehner recently sat down with the president at the White House for a rare meeting.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, discusses the Ohio Republican with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Large Group Protests Gibson Fundraiser

Aug 7, 2013
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LIBERTY – House Speaker John Boehner was the featured speaker at a private fundraiser for Congressman Christopher Gibson (R, NY19) Tuesday evening in Liberty. The event was closed to the media.

Close to 100 people gathered outside to show support for Obamacare, comprehensive immigration reform and to protest for an end to sequestration.

Citizen Action of New York regional coordinator Kat Fisher had a message for those assembled.

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Today we are discussing two hot topics – how the so-called sequester could affect the 2014 midterm elections, and fracking in New York.

The budget cuts known as sequestration took effect last Friday, and while the overall effects of the cuts on national and local economies and government efficiency have yet to be realized, the effect of the cuts on the national political landscape may be coming into focus this week.

House GOP seeks to defuse debt crisis

Jan 23, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- With tacit support from President Barack Obama, House Republicans are moving to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent an economy-rattling fiscal crisis for at least three months.

The GOP legislation marks a tactical retreat by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who is eager to avoid a potential first-ever default on U.S. payment and debt obligations as he wrestles with Obama and his Democratic allies over taxes, spending and the deficit.

House re-elects Boehner speaker

Jan 3, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has re-elected embattled Republican John Boehner speaker.

The Ohio lawmaker won a second, two-year term as leader with 220 votes, losing just a handful of votes in the Republican-controlled chamber.

The election of the speaker came as the House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday.

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The nation is fast approaching the so-called fiscal cliff, and after last week’s school shooting in Connecticut and the addition of gun policy to the legislative agenda, it’s unclear whether democrats and republicans will be able to make up their minds on anything before the end of the lame duck session.