Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsHouse Speaker John Boehner
IN THE NEWS

House Speaker John Boehner

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
House Speaker John A. Boehner endorsed GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney in the latest nod from the Republican establishment for the party's presumed front-runner. For months Boehner had steered clear of signaling a preference in the belabored GOP primary race, particularly because of his shared time -- and differences -- in the House with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. He also has been selected to be convention chairman.  "I've not taken a position on this presidential campaign because as chairman of the convention, I wanted to make sure all candidates had a fair process and a fair opportunity," Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said Tuesday.
ARTICLES BY DATE
NATIONAL
February 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Just a week after Republicans raised hopes for a bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, House Speaker John A. Boehner all but abandoned the effort Thursday, saying it would be "difficult" to get any legislation approved this year by his GOP majority. Boehner's sudden shift, coming after his high-profile unveiling last week of Republican immigration principles that were partly embraced by the White House, left immigration advocates fuming and renewed speculation that the speaker's tenuous grip on a rebellious rank-and-file was slipping again.
Advertisement
NATIONAL
November 7, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) made an opening offer Wednesday to avert an impending fiscal showdown, softening his party's confrontational tone one day after its electoral losses. But he stood by the GOP's core no-new-taxes pledge that has prevented a deal with the White House. The Republican shunned the bombastic approach favored by the GOP's tea party wing and sought to portray his House majority as ready to work with President Obama when Congress returns for what is expected to be an intense lame-duck session.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - In a potential breakthrough for long-stalled immigration legislation, House Republicans will consider a proposal this week that would allow millions of immigrants in the country illegally to gain legal status and, in some cases, to eventually become citizens. House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio is expected to issue a list of broad immigration "principles" to fellow Republicans during a three-day retreat that begins Wednesday at a Chesapeake Bay resort. For the first time, the list will include a narrow path to citizenship as well as tighter border security and new visas for foreign workers.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Sending President Obama a bill Thursday that averts a government shutdown, Congress proved that it can, in fact, function. Not long ago, this was considered an unlikely outcome. Republicans in the House, trying to force Obama to accept deep cuts, had come close to shutting down the government before and appeared primed to do so again. But House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has united his rambunctious majority ever so tenuously around a strategy that, for now, sets aside the cycle of crisis politics to aim for long-range objectives.
NATIONAL
December 13, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama called House Speaker John A. Boehner to the White House on Thursday night to try to break the deadlock in the year-end budget talks, but their third face-to-face session ended after nearly an hour with no sign of progress. Earlier in the day, a top Senate Democrat said increasing the Medicare eligibility age was off the table - an important stance to liberal Democrats. Publicly, the two sides appear to be drifting apart as Boehner, in a feisty moment during a morning news conference at the Capitol, insisted that spending cuts deeper than the president has proposed must be part of the deal.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Seeking to make an overhaul of immigration laws a priority, House Speaker John A. Boehner vowed Wednesday that he would soon release a document of conservative "principles" on the issue intended to prod Republicans to pass a series of bills this year. The high-profile promise from the Ohio Republican, who is drafting a one-page list with his leadership team, comes as he is eager to press ahead on a topic that is important to his party's political future. But the speaker faces continued resistance from powerful conservative groups and an intractable flank of House Republicans who oppose citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In summer 2011, negotiations between President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner over raising the debt ceiling featured plenty of drama. There were private grumbles, a very public round of golf, a phone call from the White House that went unreturned and, overall, a lost opportunity to secure a "grand bargain" on spending and taxes. Now, as high-stakes talks between Obama and Boehner rev up again, the lessons of that summer appear to be producing a new steadiness and comfort level between the two men. After weeks of private phone calls and public posturing, the Ohio Republican quietly ducked into the White House on Sunday for his first one-on-one meeting with the president since mid-2011.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Kathleen Hennessey and Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Two hours before the federal government would screech to a midnight halt, House Speaker John A. Boehner, a onetime Cincinnati plastics salesman, faced a restless group of Republican lawmakers. The Republican leader did not have the news they wanted: a budget deal. But Boehner went into the Friday night meeting anyway. He talked for 45 minutes, building the case for compromise. And just when some in the Capitol basement conference room were starting to wonder, an aide slipped into the room.
NEWS
March 23, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
House Speaker John Boehner called on President Obama to provide a more thorough assessment of the United States' mission in Libya, charging that the administration's rationale so far has been ill-defined and at times "contradictory. " In a letter to the president, the Ohio Republican says he respects Obama's authority as commander-in-chief, but that he and other lawmakers "are troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war" without a clear explanation of the mission and America's role in it. Boehner's letter comes as an unusual convergence of lawmakers on the political left and right have raised concerns about the president's handling of the military campaign.
NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) teared up Thursday as he formally announced plans to retire after more than two decades in Congress. “I should have Boehner here, right?” he joked, referring to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who often wells up on emotional occasions. “For me, it's time to walk away,” McKeon, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said as he made his announcement in the committee's wood-paneled hearing room in front of a row of flags and surrounded by official portraits of former chairmen.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Seeking to make an overhaul of immigration laws a priority, House Speaker John A. Boehner vowed Wednesday that he would soon release a document of conservative "principles" on the issue intended to prod Republicans to pass a series of bills this year. The high-profile promise from the Ohio Republican, who is drafting a one-page list with his leadership team, comes as he is eager to press ahead on a topic that is important to his party's political future. But the speaker faces continued resistance from powerful conservative groups and an intractable flank of House Republicans who oppose citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - In an uncharacteristically forceful tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday lambasted the conservative advocacy groups that helped bring his party to power, saying their opposition to a bipartisan budget proposal amounted to an effort to manipulate Republicans and the American people "for their own goals. " The rare outburst from the often poker-faced speaker, a reversal of his past approach toward influential conservative groups, underscored long-simmering tensions between them and mainstream Republicans, who appear to be moving to reestablish their control over the party's agenda.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Perhaps in an effort to defuse reports that House Speaker John Boehner is making out pretty well as a first-time insurance customer under the Affordable Care Act, Boehner's office put out the word this weekend that his family healthcare premiums will be much higher next year than now.  That outstanding stenographic service, Politico.com, swallowed this story whole. " John Boehner's premiums spike under Obamacare," Politico declared in a Sunday piece. The article quoted Boehner's spokesman, Brendan Buck, as lamenting: " The Boehners are fortunate enough to be able to afford higher costs.
NEWS
October 24, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Brian Bennett
President Obama on Thursday launched a new effort to pass immigration reform by the end of the year, urging House Republicans to "take a closer look at the polls" and pass the languishing Senate measure. Speaking to a crowd at the White House, Obama offered GOP lawmakers a little unsolicited advice. "Good policy is good politics in this instance," Obama said. Those who are resistant should "take a closer look at the polls. " The White House is hoping that Obama's recent political victory in the government shutdown and the poor approval ratings for Republicans will inspire House leaders to finally take up the reform bill passed by the Senate.
NEWS
October 17, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The rough justice dispensed by the White House and Senate Democrats during the standoff impasse has further soured key House Republicans on passing immigration legislation. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), who earlier this year had been working with lawmakers from both parties to write an immigration bill, said that President Obama's refusal to negotiate with House Speaker John Boehner over funding the government and increasing the country's borrowing limit made him unwilling to enter into talks over immigration.
OPINION
April 3, 2011 | Doyle McManus
For a man who's getting most of what he wanted, House Speaker John A. Boehner looked pretty unhappy last week. Only three months ago, when he took the speaker's gavel from Democrat Nancy Pelosi, Boehner declared himself the leader of an unstoppable wave of conservatism. "The American people have spoken, and it's time for Washington to listen," he said. But now, mired in negotiations with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid over a short-term federal spending deal, Boehner sounds plaintive, not triumphant.
NATIONAL
January 1, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The House voted Tuesday to roll back income tax increases on the vast majority of Americans, finalizing a deal on the so-called fiscal cliff after weeks of gridlock. The approval, in a session that stretched late into the New Year's holiday, came after hours of closed-door debate among Republicans, with conservatives threatening to derail a bill that had overwhelmingly passed the Senate in the early hours of the morning. The final tally, 257 to 167, included support from 172 of the chamber's Democrats and just 85 of the majority Republicans, far fewer than half.
NEWS
October 10, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama likely would sign legislation allowing the government to continue borrowing to cover obligations in the short term, even if it is not coupled with a measure reopening the government, a White House spokesman said Thursday. “He wants Congress to do both. He wants Congress to fulfill both of its responsibilities,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. “If Congress takes action without partisan strings attached, that would be a good thing.” Later asked if Obama would sign a debt-limit bill without an accompanying spending bill, Carney said, “yes.” The comments came hours after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
OPINION
October 3, 2013
Re "Shutdown already making itself felt," Oct. 2 I am a 80-year-old American, and I am ashamed of my country. In the past I have voted Republican, as I have always have thought self-sufficiency and hard work would make us great. Now, I am leaving my party with the goal of voting out the selfish ideologues who are trying, with little success, to run our country. Are these people thinking of the thousands of Americans and foreigners around the world who can no longer visit our national parks?
Los Angeles Times Articles
|