November 4th, 2010
04:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner welcomes new members

(CNN) - House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner made the case for why he should be the new House Speaker in a letter to new members Thursday.

In the letter posted on his website, Boehner stressed his "humble beginnings" and said only in America would he have the opportunity to serve as Speaker.

"It's the American Dream that brought me here. Defending and restoring that Dream for our children and grandchildren will be my mission as Speaker, if I am fortunate enough to serve," Boehner wrote. "I humbly ask for your vote to serve as Speaker of the House in the 112th Congress."

The letter serves as an introduction of sorts for new members into the chamber and charges them with carrying out a new way forward where the "people's priorities must be our priorities."

"The statement made by the America people this week was a repudiation of Washington," Boehner said in the letter. "We need smaller, more accountable government that honors our Constitution and respects the will of the people. This must be the focus of the new majority."

He also reiterated some of the promises in the Republican's "Pledge for America" about the legislative process if he becomes Speaker. Boehner said the American people will have at least three days to read any proposed legislation and will put an end to "comprehensive" bills rushed through Congress.

-CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Jim

    "The statement made by the America people this week was a repudiation of Washington," Boehner said in the letter. "We need smaller, more accountable government that honors our Constitution and respects the will of the people. This must be the focus of the new majority."
    Read, we need Government that empowers corporations and takes away power from individuals. Oh, wait, according to SCOTUS, Corporations ARE individuals! So we are fine! Whatever. We are headed towards a disaster of un-mitigated proportions if these people get their way. And then America maybe will learn what happens when instead of moderation, you vote for extremeism.

    November 4, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. normajean

    Boehner and OConnell worked very hard this last two years to bring the duly elected president down. They have announced publicly that this is their intent in the months to come.Well. good luck boys because the onus is now on you.You finally have to stand up and be counted because if things don't get any better, it's on your head.too. I've been around for many,many administrations, and Mich O'Connell is without doubt the nastiest,most arrogant person I have ever seen in a high political position. He is totally without integrity or character and to take the stand he has against the president shows that he can't even be trusted. He is just a rotten human being. His day will come!!J. Boehner is a follower, not a leader. He can't even talk a good game. Let's see what they can do with their own mess.!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. vic nashville tn

    “House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor has already launched a challenge to Boehner for the top House spot”
    This called bitter sweet

    November 4, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Beeker

    Leave it to Boehner to try to win the post as Speaker of the House as it was exhibited in the press conference, but I think that it is time to get rid of him and find someone new. Bachman's already discounting him for the position.

    November 4, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. UT

    CNN, how have you verified that Cantor is challenging Boehner for Speaker? Cantor has released a letter announcing his intent to stand as Majority Leader, which is a different position than Speaker of the House. As an example, Nancy Pelosi is the current Speaker, and Steny Hoyer is the current Majority Leader. I have found no evidence anywhere else online that Cantor is running for Speaker. Please verify your statements (you've misspoken quite a bit lately) or correct yourself.

    November 4, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. Rich

    Why is Boehner always drunk?

    November 4, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. jim

    "Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate's GOP leader had a blunt message: His party's main goal is denying Obama re-election."

    Shouldn't his party's main goal be to help Americans get back to work???

    I hate america more and more ! Bastards !

    November 4, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. ELIZABETH

    LOL! So far since the republicans took over the house, I heard them talk about repealing healthcare, repealing wall street reform and extending tax cuts for the rich. When are they going to get around to telling us what they are going to do for the middle class? And to think you had all these middle class people rushing to the polls to vote for them. I'm always amazed how people can vote against their own self- interest..............Side note. It's been two days since the republicans took over the house.............WHERE ARE THE JOBS AT?

    November 4, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  9. Dale

    True story: My mom worked as a nurse, caring for patients and paying into her own health insurance for 20 years. Then she got breast cancer and was immediately dropped by her insurance company. The insurance company basically told her go home and die. Their strategy was to delay the legal fight until she died. Fortunately, generous friends and family paid her bills while she fought her cancer and fought the insurance company in court. And thankfully, she won both battles. She told me the battle with the insurance company caused her more stress than the prospect of dying. Sentencing people to death for insurance company profits happened all the time under the old system, but is now illegal under the new system. It happened to my Mom, but now it can't happen to me or my children. For that, I sincerely thank Mr. Obama and the Dems that supported him.

    November 4, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. nick

    On Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010 was a real Day of Infamy. The sewer backed-up in the House of the Body Politic and come Jan. 1st well realy begin smell the stench ... some of it is already nausating us, Boner, the New Speaker as already set his sigts on helping the filfthy rich insurance companies regain the 70% ROI at the expense of the people. Boner wll continue the failed policies of Bush – I guess that's change or is it the same old song and dance? When some of the baggers and their children begin to loose their jobs to Oreintal slave labor, and the reat Helath Insurance revoked, and teir son and dughters sacrficed to the imperialist chicken hawksin the GOP, then they will say, "OMG! I made a very bad choice.",

    November 4, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Real American

    You had got be joking this guy could be the new speaker of the house. A man who couldn't put a complete factual sentence together.LMAO Be careful what you wish for.you asked for it now you got it. an Empty Suit.

    November 4, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. Peter s

    100% with you Jim and Normajean, I tell you what! yesterday the News Corp announced huge profits, which means bank rolling the GOP like any organization they expect Return On Investment ( ROI) from there money. But this is what the American people don't understand you have been duped!!. News Corp, Chamber of commerce have never been on the Americans people side! they bought democracy with your own money!!! and guess what!! the CHINESE were cerebrating yesterday!! GOP to them means more offshoring, more imports and of course more people going down the poverty line!!

    November 4, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. brenda

    President Obama knew this was going to happen this is why he moved fast on passing so many good BIlls. This man cannot be stooped by no means at all when he is doing everything for the right reasons and for everybody and not just for a few people. Don't think he is finish, he will always moved three steps ahead. He is just reforming his plans

    November 4, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  14. Marko

    If I hear that this election is a mandate and the will of the people must be served by the members of congress and the president, I have to ask the republicans: So what was that you were doing the last 2 years when the people overwhelmingly voted in Democrats and Obama's agenda? As they tried to serve out their mandate the last 2 years, you totally did everything you could to block and go against the will of the people from that election. So I don't want to hear it from you, repubs with this election. You may be fooling a lot of people, but there are a lot of people that see right through you all. So you better come to the table willing and ready to compromise too.

    November 4, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. ken

    Boehner and his GOP croonies need to change their, our way or no way attitudes, they only control the house.

    November 4, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Irma in North Carolina

    Yes these two jerks need to meet their maker. Wonder what the rest of the world thinks, that we have such people trying to run our government. I bet they think we are a shameful country.

    November 4, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    No Boner, your story is pretty common. White guy from the suburbs or the small town, or the farm works his way through this and that, and poof he's in politics. Now how about a kid with a black dad and a white mom, dad leaves, he and his mom move in with white g-parents in mid west (white) town, has a rough spot in his teens, pulls it together, works hard to get an accademic scholarship, goes to Harvard ....... more and more ... becomes President of the US while we are having the economic melt down almost as bad but not quite the second great depression. And the feeble minded citizens of the US give him grief beciuse he doesn't fix everything in 18 months or walk on water. Now that is some shi.......

    November 4, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. brenda

    Okay, Republicans you are in the driving seat now.

    November 4, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  19. carlos

    only in america.......he is so correct, no other intelligent country would welcome this unamerican nincompoop........as for those crocodile tears, better cut the B. S. boner.......you are a hypocrite.....I hope others will challenge him to the Speaker s job.

    November 4, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    [In the letter posted on his website, Boehner stressed his "humble beginnings" and said only in America would he have the opportunity to serve as Speaker.]

    Why wouldn't it happen in America – Boehner's DREAM is NOT far-fetched; he had help – his shade (and NOT orange)!!!

    I am waiting for the AFTER-BATH!! Let's see how our government governs NOW!! McConnell is already in "IMPEACH MODE" and setting the STAGE!! What he is FORGETTING is that 50% of Americans DID NOT vote RepubliCAN'T – He's forgetting that most of the states WON in congress were RED STATES!! Keep that in mind while you make your plans – YOU, McConnell and Boehner!!!

    This is T'SAH – Out of Campaign Mode and N2 Moving America Forward with President Obama AND bringing the CORRUPTION/OBSTRUCTION and PROPOSALS with EMPTY SOLUTIONS to the front!!!

    November 4, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. carlos

    he should be given a breathalizer every day he walks on Capitol Hill........for all of you republiCONServatives breathalizer is what you would call a kentucky mash or bourbon test..........not making an ad for those two jerks who will be in the senate and from kentucky..........turtle head mitch and raccoon top paul......hehehehehe

    November 4, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. carlos

    sorry, I did not mean to degrade the turtle and the raccoon............where are the jobs GOBP??????????....we will see you in two years, your pledge to america is filling a lot of dumpsters, and come to think, they belong there as well.

    November 4, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "Come in" said the spider to the fly.
    I feel sorryfor the flies.

    November 4, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Humble beginnings? Irrelevant. We'll be watching his arrogant end over the next two years.

    You reap what you sow. Tuesday's myopic, amnestic conniption fit planted a field of sh-t. You better hope to god that there was at least just a little corn in it. Just desserts, fools, just desserts. Enjoy.

    November 4, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @NVa Native
    Who eloquently said:
    No Boner, your story is pretty common. White guy from the suburbs or the small town, or the farm works his way through this and that, and poof he's in politics. Now how about a kid with a black dad and a white mom, dad leaves, he and his mom move in with white g-parents in mid west (white) town, has a rough spot in his teens, pulls it together, works hard to get an accademic scholarship, goes to Harvard ....... more and more ... becomes President of the US while we are having the economic melt down almost as bad but not quite the second great depression. And the feeble minded citizens of the US give him grief beciuse he doesn't fix everything in 18 months or walk on water. Now that is some shi....
    -------------------------------------------------–

    Right the hell on!!! Well said!

    November 4, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
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