February 18th, 2010
12:49 PM ET
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Boehner pledges a more open Congress

House Minority Leader John Boehner will pledge Thursday that a Republican led Congress would not only function differently from the current Democratic majority with him as the Speaker, but it would be more open than previous Republican run Congresses.
House Minority Leader John Boehner will pledge Thursday that a Republican led Congress would not only function differently from the current Democratic majority with him as the Speaker, but it would be more open than previous Republican run Congresses.

Washington (CNN) - House Republican Leader John Boehner will pledge Thursday that a Republican led Congress would not only function differently from the current Democratic majority with him as the Speaker, but it would be more open than previous Republican run Congresses.

In excerpts released from Boehner's Thursday afternoon speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the GOP Leader will commit to putting bills online at least 72 hours ahead of any votes and using new technologies to promote great transparency.

"For too long – under Democrats and Republicans alike – Congress has been too closed and too insular. Both parties are guilty. I want to change it. I've wanted to change it for a long time. And now we have a chance to do it," Boehner will say according to his planned remarks.

Boehner earlier this year tapped California Republican Kevin McCarthy, a key GOP leadership lieutenant, to draft a new platform for Republican candidates to run on in November's midterm elections. But in a nod to conservative activists who complain Washington politicians have ignored voters' wishes, Boehner plans to say this new platform "won't be a document handed down from on high by politicians, because something like that would land with a big thud. It's going to be built by listening."

Boehner doesn't call the party document under development a "Contract with America" - the name House Republicans used for their 1994 manifesto that helped them regain the majority in Congress. Instead Boehner specifically says he and fellow GOP leaders will look at the ideas in the "Contract From America," the document being drafted by one leading conservative grassroots group, the Tea Party Patriots. Boehner also mentions the Mount Vernon statement, a set of principles endorsed earlier this week by another group of Republicans at George Washington's home in Virginia.

And as some Republican leaders carefully tread the line between too closely aligning themselves with the Tea Party movement, with some elements of the movement viewed as too extreme, excerpts from Boehner's speech indicate he's working to move closer to them. "While the other side is busy mocking the tea partiers and calling them names, we're going to listen to them, stand with them, and walk among them."


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Todd I.

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me...

    February 18, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Perhaps Speaker Boehner would keep the promises that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid broke.

    February 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. WHAT???????????

    Oh, really ????

    February 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. rta

    boehner is a waste of time. his obstructionist views have done nothing for the state of ohio or the nation. he needs to be recalled so he can spend his time doing what he does best, visit tanning salons.

    February 18, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. PDC

    Yeah... right.

    February 18, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    more lies from the Boner.....

    February 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. normajean

    This man is the biggest phony that ever shows his face on TV. In the past year and a half he has led his party as far away from helping our country get back to normal as any paid for politician ever has. He lies about wanting to work with the Democrats and then becomes the sign carrier for "The Party Of No".He talks about listening. When did he ever listen to any one and do any thing constructive. . I'd like to see him walk among the tea partiers. They don't like him either.

    February 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. Republicans for Obama

    Great idea Boehner, why don't you start with the Health Care Reform bill you're going to present next week at the summit. Oh, that's right, you're still trying to weasel your way out of going or posting any ideas other then NO, NO, and more NO. That's transparency for you.

    "While the other side is busy mocking the tea partiers and calling them names, we're going to listen to them, stand with them, and walk among them."

    Are you also going to call for the HANGING of State Sen. Patty Murray like they did in Washington yesterday? You know, while you "walk among them?"

    February 18, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Gary

    Hey Boner, we had a Republican led house, you remember, it bankrupted the country, approved 2 wars and slept while our country was attacked. Of course your memory I'm sure is as clouded as your knowledge of the constitution.

    February 18, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. Repubs look to Dems for miracles when not in power

    Your going to listen to them? Yes, they have a lot to complain about riding in air conditioned buses, spending hundreds of dollars at conventions, and all the while not working and collecting from "evil" socialist programs like Social Security.

    It's a shame that Republicans don't realize most Independent voters are turned off by the Tea Party. You can blame the media for portraying them in a negative light, but the speakers don't show us otherwise.

    Epic Fail.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. JON

    bla bla bla talking points smaller government tell us all what would you cut and where is the money going to come to replace the 8 trillion debt that the repubs created from 2001 to 2009 . please tell us all your big plan. and lets not use tax cuts we all know that won't work.

    February 18, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    what a hypocrit. He lies everytime he opens his mouth, tea bag nut case

    February 18, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Libertyman13

    Republicans have always been the LEAST transparent party, especially when it comes to things like increasing the powers of the police state. Why in God's name would we ever believe them now? Sorry, guy, but I can remember 3 years back still, even if a lot of other people can't.

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Ben in Oil City PA.

    UGH, oh I sorry, I just threw up in my mouth (just a little bit)when I read what Boehner just said.

    February 18, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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