12 September, 2017

Statement by Former Speaker John Boehner on US Policy in the Pacific

September 12, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who guided the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement to passage in 2011, today issued the following statement regarding US economic and security policies in the Pacific region:

I support and applaud the tough stance President Trump has taken with respect to the rogue regime in North Korea.  In the Pacific region, as around the world, the president has projected a message of American strength and resolve.

“For our strategic endeavors to succeed, however, the United States must strengthen – not weaken – its already vital economic relationships in the Pacific, from South Korea and Japan to Australia and China.  We cannot isolate the regime in Pyongyang by isolating ourselves.  

“Withdrawing from the South Korea-US Trade Agreement [KORUS] would undermine America’s strategic objectives in the Pacific region and undercut our own workers and employers, who continue to depend on the free flow of goods and services between the US and the Republic of Korea.  Instead of pulling back from our current engagements and commitments, we must renew and strengthen our relationships in the Pacific region, not just with South Korea, but with China, as reflected in the joint commitment to economic cooperation that was expressed by President Trump and President Xi in April; and with Australia and Japan, our long-standing allies, whose alliances and friendships with America are now more important than ever.

“I have great confidence in the president’s national security team, and it is evident our Commander-in-Chief does as well.  The president deserves credit not only for having put this skilled team in place, but also for having consistently listened to them and heeded their recommendations on matters such as these in the face of political pressures and isolationist impulses.”  

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14 March, 2017

Japan’s Order of Rising Sun Conferred Upon Speaker Boehner by Prime Minister Abe in Tokyo

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March 14, 2017

TOKYO, JAPAN – Japan’s Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun was conferred upon former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a ceremony today at the Prime Minister’s office in Tokyo. The former Speaker received the honor in recognition of his significant contributions to the Japan-U.S. relationship, including his work to strengthen the U.S.-Japan strategic and economic alliance and his role in making Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s historical address as the first Japanese Prime Minister to speak in front of a Joint Meeting of U.S. Congress a reality.

Prime Minister Abe on April 29, 2015 became the first Japanese leader in history to address a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress, after accepting an invitation by Speaker Boehner.

Boehner represented the 8th Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly 25 years.  Japanese companies for years have been the source of thousands of jobs for U.S. workers in the 8th District, and currently employ approximately 74,000 Ohioans across the former Speaker’s home state.

Speaker Boehner’s remarks as prepared for the conferral ceremony:

“Prime Minister Abe, thank you. 

“I am profoundly grateful for this extraordinary honor you have bestowed upon me on behalf of the Emperor and the proud people of Japan.

 “I am also deeply grateful for the hospitality and friendship you and your countrymen have extended.

“I’d like to specifically thank Minister Kobayashi, my host and guide over the past several days as I’ve experienced the beauty of your land and its amazing people.

“It was my privilege to serve as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for nearly five years.  

“A high point of my speakership was the day Prime Minister Abe addressed a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress, becoming the first Japanese prime minister ever to do so.

 “I was born in 1949, when the wounds of war were still raw for our mothers and fathers.

“In my lifetime, I have witnessed the evolution of the friendship between two great allies – a relationship that is now the cornerstone of the peace and prosperity of the Pacific region.

“As a child, I saw two great nations rise from the tragedy of conflict to forge a partnership in the name of freedom, democracy, and economic opportunity for all.

“As a young man, I watched from across the Pacific as a proud nation was reborn, revitalized and renewed by drawing on the character and enterprise of its people. 

“And later, as a leader of my own country’s government, I saw bonds between that nation and my own nation forged. They were bonds of a quality shared not just between friends, but between sisters and brothers.

 “We saw the bond deepened when Prime Minister Abe delivered his historic address to our Congress. We saw it strengthened again when President Obama traveled to Hiroshima, to honor the souls lost there; and again when the Prime Minister traveled to Pearl Harbor to pay his respects.

 “Prime Minister Abe, when you visited the White House last month – the very famous White House, as President Trump put it – it was clear that the bond between our two nations has never been stronger.

“There is a Japanese saying: ‘Friends are known first in hardships.’ (Kannan ni ate hajimete shinyu o shiru)

“In America, we have the same saying, only we say it a little differently: ‘A friend in need is a friend indeed.’

“These are all elegant ways of saying: we’ve been through a lot together, and it’s made us stronger. You know we have your back, and we know you have ours. 

“I accept this wonderful honor today not for myself alone, but for all Americans, who are blessed by our friendship with the people of Japan.”

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17 February, 2017

Statement by Former Speaker Boehner on Passing of Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel

February 17, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the passing of Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-IL):

“Bob Michel was a gentleman and a statesman who served our nation with dignity, honesty, distinction and grace both in our armed forces and in public office.  He was a man of great dignity and great character, and a great friend.  Debbie and I offer our prayers and deepest sympathies to the Michel family and the people of his beloved Illinois.”

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16 January, 2017

Betsy DeVos, An Education Innovator (Blog Post by Speaker John Boehner)

January 17, 2017

I often say education is the great equalizer. Equipped with a quality education, there’s nothing in life you can’t accomplish, if you’re committed to working hard and applying what you’ve learned.

The challenge we face as a nation is how to ensure that children from every rung of the economic ladder have access to a quality education. To date, despite an investment of hundreds of billions of dollars, we haven’t been able to achieve this goal. We’ve relied too heavily on a system that minimizes options for parents and sometimes emphasizes the protection of bureaucrats and special interests over the interests of students.

We need leaders with a compassion for students and families, a passion for innovation and a willingness to challenge the status quo when it isn’t serving our children well.

This is why I strongly support President-elect Trump’s choice of Betsy DeVos to serve as America’s next Secretary of Education.

I first met Betsy DeVos more than 20 years ago, when I was serving as a Member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, the panel I later chaired.

A successful business leader and entrepreneur with a passion for education reform, Betsy was instrumental during my years working with legislators of both parties to establish and defend the first federal school choice initiative in America, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP).

Through the DCOSP, parents in Washington, D.C. have the chance to choose the best schools available for their children – a choice that has ultimately changed and improved many lives.

Establishing the DCOSP program was a priority for me as chairman of the House education committee. Protecting it from the unyielding attacks waged against it by proponents of the status quo was a priority for me during my subsequent years as House Majority Leader, House Minority Leader and Speaker.

A champion for education reform, Betsy DeVos stood with us every step of the way, working side by side with me and many other proponents of equal opportunity in education to ensure the program continued.

The DCOSP initiative has rattled the education bureaucracy both inside the Beltway and around the country. Threatened by its existence, opponents of school choice hoped it would fail. But instead it has changed lives, giving thousands of students who grew up within miles of the U.S. Capitol the opportunity to gain a high-quality education.

Many of the same forces that tried to abolish the DCOSP are now working to try to create opposition to Betsy DeVos’s nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Education. This is disappointing, but really comes as no surprise.

Giving our children a world-class education system requires that we keep pushing the envelope in terms of possibilities, in an ongoing effort to support what works and challenge what doesn’t.

Betsy DeVos understands the need for constant innovation in our education system. She knows that in order to ensure the next generation of Americans can compete and lead the world, we have to have an education system in which doors are open to continual improvement. And she has applied that knowledge with courage and conviction for years, personally leading major education reform initiatives in support of charter schools, school choice and other innovations that have opened new doors for students in her native Michigan and throughout the country.

Betsy also understands how to bring people together. She has a long track record of working with education reformers of all political stripes to advance policies that put the interests of parents and students first.

Our education system needs a leader who can bring together people who share those passions and rally them in support of innovative changes that will make a real difference in improving struggling schools, empowering parents, and raising student achievement.

With Betsy DeVos at the helm of the U.S. Department of Education, our country is going to gain that type of leadership. I know she’ll serve as Education Secretary in the same manner in which she’s done everything since I’ve known her: with honor, grace, courage and compassion for those most in need of a hand up.

I congratulate President-elect Trump on his excellent choice in selecting Betsy to serve as our Secretary of Education, and hope she is quickly confirmed by the Senate. Our country needs her, and will benefit greatly from her service.

8 December, 2016

Statement by Former House Speaker John Boehner on the Passing of John Glenn

December 8, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on the passing of John Glenn:

“For generations Americans cheered John Glenn as he soared into the heavens.  Now he has taken his place there for eternity, a well-earned reward for an American life well and heroically lived.  Debbie and I offer our deepest sympathies to Annie and the Glenn family, and join our fellow Ohioans in mourning his loss.”

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17 November, 2016

Speaker Boehner Discusses Outlook for New Administration, New Congress on CNBC

November 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his first interview since the 2016 election, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) appeared November 15 on CNBC’s Halftime Report with host Scott Wapner. In the wide-ranging live interview, Speaker Boehner discussed President-Elect Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential race and its potential impact on business and fiscal policy.

Speaker Boehner’s interview with CNBC can be seen in its entirety HERE.

Boehner this fall joined Squire Patton Boggs, one of the world’s leading law and public policy firms, as Senior Strategic Advisor.  With Squire Patton Boggs, which has 46 offices in 21 countries on five continents, Speaker Boehner advises businesses and leaders in the U.S. and around the world, providing strategic counsel to help them achieve their objectives.

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3 November, 2016

Statement by Speaker Boehner on Conferral of Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun by Government of Japan

November 3, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding the announcement by the Embassy of Japan that the Government of Japan will confer the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun upon him in recognition of his significant contributions to the Japan-U.S. relationship:

“One of the great memories of my Speakership was the day I had the high honor of welcoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Capitol as the first Japanese leader to address a joint meeting of the United States Congress.  We will never forget his tribute to the heroes who fell in World War II, or to the vision of lasting friendship, security, and economic opportunity he put forth that day for our two countries.  I will also always be personally grateful for the economic partnership between our two countries, a mutually beneficial relationship that supported thousands of good jobs in our congressional district during my time in office, and continues today.  I am deeply honored to have been chosen for this recognition by our friends and allies in Japan, and look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Abe and many others to further strengthen the already critical alliance between our two great nations.”

NOTE: Accepting an historic invitation offered by Speaker Boehner, Japanese Prime Minister Abe on April 29, 2015 became the first Japanese leader in history to address a Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress.  Prime Minister Abe’s address can be viewed here.  Boehner represented the 8th Congressional District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly 25 years.  Japanese companies for years have been the source of thousands of jobs for U.S. workers in the 8th District, and currently employ approximately 74,000 Ohioans across the former Speaker’s home state.

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4 October, 2016

Statement by Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Peace Referendum in Colombia

October 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding the narrow defeat of an agreement in a national referendum Sunday in Colombia that would have brought a decades-old Marxist insurgency to a peaceful end:

The champions of Peace Colombia may have lost Sunday’s vote, but they have won the admiration of people in our country and throughout the world with their commitment to a unified, free and prosperous nation.  It is more important now than ever that the United States stand with President Santos and all those in Colombia who strive for peace.  With the outcome of Sunday’s vote, we see now the full scope of the challenge they have undertaken.  It is a noble and vital pursuit, and one in which all the nations of the Americas have a stake.  For the sake of prosperity and security of our hemisphere, it is a quest that must continue and ultimately succeed.  The United States must  now be more active than ever before in its partnership with President Santos and the people of the strong and stable democracy that is Colombia.”

NOTE: Boehner developed a special bond with Colombia during his nearly five years as Speaker, securing enactment of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, visiting President Santos in Bogota and Cartagena, and hosting the Colombian president at the U.S. Capitol.  He was honored at the Colombian Embassy in Washington, D.C. earlier this year for his efforts to promote and strengthen the special relationship between the U.S. and Colombia during his years as Speaker.

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23 July, 2016

Former Speaker Boehner Launches Six-Week Cross-Country Bus Tour in Support of House GOP Majority

July 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today kicked off a six-week cross-country bus tour aboard “Freedom One,” a 45-foot motor coach, in support of the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

 “The country needs Speaker Paul Ryan and a conservative majority in the People’s House,” Speaker Boehner said, praising the detailed policy agenda put forth by House Republicans last month.  “We earned the majority in the House together in 2010, and it’s important for the nation that Republicans keep it.”

During the bus tour, the former Speaker will campaign on behalf of more than 20 House Republican Members, including Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY), David Joyce (R-OH), Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Dave Trott (R-MI).  States the former Speaker will visit during the tour include Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 The Boehner bus tour, modeled after the bus trips that became an annual August ritual for him during his days as House Republican Leader and later Speaker, begins July 23 in New Jersey and will travel as far west as Washington State, concluding shortly before Labor Day. 

 Freedom One’s itinerary includes events organized in coordination with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).  The tour is being financed by the Freedom Project, Boehner’s still-active political action committee (PAC).  The former speaker and his team will use social media to provide updates from the road as Freedom One makes its way across the country.

 Boehner, who supports the GOP presidential ticket, is focusing his efforts this summer on the House majority, as he did in previous cycles during his days in the House leadership.

 “Speaker Boehner may no longer be in office, but he still feels strongly about defending the majority that was earned during his time in office,” said Boehner spokesman Dave Schnittger. “It will always be his priority.”

“The August bus tours got into Boehner’s bloodstream during his years in the House,” Schnittger said.  “He enjoyed getting out beyond the Beltway, visiting colleagues’ districts, and talking to people around the country.  That still holds true for him now, as a former speaker, and he wants to continue to contribute to the cause.”

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15 July, 2016

Statement by Former House Speaker John Boehner on Selection of Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) for 2016 GOP Vice Presidential Nomination

July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s decision to name Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) as his running mate for the 2016 presidential campaign:

“Governor Mike Pence is an exceptional leader, and an even better man. As chairman of the House Republican Conference during a critical time for our country, he played a key role in helping us earn the majority in the House.  And with his heart, honesty, and integrity, he won the trust and respect of everyone with whom he served.  I’ll always be grateful for his friendship; his loyalty to the team and the cause during his years in the House; and the relationship we continued to have after the people of Indiana chose him as their Governor.  I congratulate Mike, Karen and their family.”

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