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November 22, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
In the latest attempt by congressional Republicans to make theatrical hay out of the Affordable Care Act without actually trying to make it any better, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) tried to make a public spectacle out of his own experience signing up for a health plan. Things didn't turn out quite the way he'd hoped. In other words, he succeeded.  It didn't seem so, at first. Boehner said he tried several times Thursday to sign on to healthcare.gov, the troubled website that most members of Congress and their staffers will use. He claimed he got knocked off several times, understandably a frustrating experience.
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March 26, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - House Speaker John A. Boehner mocked as a “joke” the Obama administration's decision to offer a grace period for enrollment in health plans beyond March 31, saying it made the deadline “meaningless.” The Obama administration announced late Tuesday that consumers who say they started the process before month's end will have additional time to complete their enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a...
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November 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Speaker John A. Boehner says he still wants to see an overhaul of the immigration laws, but he declined to say when the House would address the issue. “Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not,” the Ohio Republican said at a news conference Thursday. “I have made clear, going back to the day after the last election in 2012, that it was time for Congress to deal with this issue. I believe that Congress needs to deal with this issue.” The Senate's sweeping bipartisan immigration bill has essentially died in the Republican-controlled House.
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.
NEWS
July 22, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
Negotiations on a debt ceiling increase broke down when President Obama made a late push for additional tax increases House Speaker John A. Boehner said late Friday, countering the president's account of the swiftly-deteriorating talks. Moments after Obama professed to be puzzled at Republicans' unwillingness to accept "an extraordinarily fair deal," Boehner said it was the president who scuttled the plan. "The White House moved the goal posts," he said, with Obama demanding $400 billion in revenues beyond what the two had already agreed to. "It's the president who walked away from his agreement and demanded more money at the last minute.
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January 23, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
House GOP leaders told antiabortion protesters Monday they would continue efforts to ensure no federal funds are spent on the procedure, singling out Democratic lawmakers who have joined their efforts. "We are heeding the voice of the people, who overwhelmingly oppose taxpayer funding of abortion," House Speaker John A. Boehner said in opening remarks at the 39th annual March for Life in Washington. "With your help, this bipartisan majority is standing up for life and working to restore the damage of Roe v. Wade.
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February 8, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
In a rare show of political force, House Speaker John A. Boehnertook to the House floor to criticize the Obama administration's new rules on contraceptives and vowed the GOP-led chamber will work to overturn what he characterized as an attack on religious freedoms. Boehner, a Catholic who opposes abortion in most circumstances, spoke as the chamber opened Wednesday, and said insurance plans offered by faith-based employers should not be required to provide birth control and other contraceptive services.
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January 22, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
House Speaker John A. Boehner called President Obama's upcoming State of the Union speech "pathetic" for rehashing stale Democratic priorities, even as Republicansare doubling-down on their own policy agenda that found little traction outside the GOP-led House. "It sounds to me like the same old policies that we've seen: more spending, higher taxes more regulation - the same policies that haven't helped our economy; they've made it worse," Boehner said on "Fox News Sunday. " "If that's what the president is going to talk about Tuesday night, I think it's pathetic.
NEWS
November 14, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Republicans chose Rep. John A. Boehner for another term as House Speaker on Wednesday as lawmakers of both parties all but ensured the new Congress will have very similar leadership to this one, the most polarized and unpopular in history. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco is expected to remain as the Democratic minority leader, and senators returned Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada as the Democratic majority leader and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky as the Republican minority leader.
NEWS
September 16, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
If that Congress thing doesn't quite work out, House Speaker John A. Boehner might consider a gig doing stand-up comedy. Boehner has long had a reputation as the person with a personality, the guy from Ohio with whom you would actually enjoy playing a round of golf or spending some time at a rubber chicken dinner. On Thursday, he got a chance to display his full wit. After his serious speech to the Economic Club in Washington, where he outlined his program of tax reform, cutting government regulation and no new taxes to pay for a jobs program, Boehner eased back in his chair to take some questions about life as the top Republican legislator.
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
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 16, 2013 | By David Horsey
Setting new lows for accomplishment in its first year, the 113th Congress is on track to wrest the title of Worst Congress Ever from the horrid 112th Congress. House Speaker John A. Boehner bears a great deal of blame for this dismal record, but he can be commended for finally calling out the conservative activist organizations that have been cheering on the congressional drive toward ignominy. Last week, with Congress on the verge of actually doing something - passing a compromise two-year budget that would avoid another disastrous government shutdown - right-wing groups such as the Club for Growth, Heritage Action and the tea party umbrella organization FreedomWorks demanded that Republicans vote against the spending plan and threatened that a "yes" vote could be used against incumbents in the 2014 GOP primaries.
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 22, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
In the latest attempt by congressional Republicans to make theatrical hay out of the Affordable Care Act without actually trying to make it any better, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) tried to make a public spectacle out of his own experience signing up for a health plan. Things didn't turn out quite the way he'd hoped. In other words, he succeeded.  It didn't seem so, at first. Boehner said he tried several times Thursday to sign on to healthcare.gov, the troubled website that most members of Congress and their staffers will use. He claimed he got knocked off several times, understandably a frustrating experience.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- Speaker John A. Boehner says he still wants to see an overhaul of the immigration laws, but he declined to say when the House would address the issue. “Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not,” the Ohio Republican said at a news conference Thursday. “I have made clear, going back to the day after the last election in 2012, that it was time for Congress to deal with this issue. I believe that Congress needs to deal with this issue.” The Senate's sweeping bipartisan immigration bill has essentially died in the Republican-controlled House.
NEWS
January 3, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- John A. Boehner will keep his job as House speaker for a second term, as Republicans rallied behind their leader despite speculation that hard-line conservatives would abandon him. With 426 votes cast in a roll call of the new 113th Congress, 220 Republicans voted to retain Boehner as their leader. The Ohio Republican needed at least 217 votes to pull through. Nine Republicans, largely newly sworn-in freshmen, voted for alternatives to Boehner. Outgoing Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.)
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November 3, 2010 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Republicans lost no time Wednesday making their presence felt as part of the new Washington power equation as top leaders pledged to modify the Obama administration's healthcare insurance overhaul and to work on creating jobs while reducing government spending. In televised remarks to reporters, Rep. John Boehner, of Ohio, who is expected to become the new speaker of the House, replacing Nancy Pelosi, said Tuesday’s election was a mandate for his party to push the agenda on which it had successfully run and won control of one congressional chamber while picking up seats and influence in the Senate.
NATIONAL
November 7, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - A bill to extend historic new protections to gays in the workplace won easy Senate approval Thursday, bolstered by rare bipartisan support that illustrated the dramatic shift in the politics around gay rights amid growing public acceptance for same-sex marriage. Seventeen years after a similar proposal failed by a single vote in the Senate, 10 Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic bloc to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, which would prohibit public and private employers, employment agencies and labor unions from using sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for decisions about employment, promotion or compensation.
NEWS
October 15, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Senate leaders abruptly put talks over a bipartisan budget plan on hold Tuesday to give embattled Speaker John A. Boehner an opportunity to put together a proposal that could pass the Republican-led House. Top Republicans portrayed the pause as an effort to save Boehner's influence and prevent the House from being fully dominated by its most ardent conservatives, whom many in the Senate blame for having launched the party on a budget strategy that has failed. Republican senators suggested the House had 24 hours to act before the only option would be to return to the Senate's framework, negotiated by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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