Boehner calls out President Obama after “productive” meeting with Republican leaders
There is one West Chester resident who finds himself in the national spotlight each week. With that being said, it is only fitting that WestChesterBuzz highlights what the House Speaker said in the previous week.
Doesn’t agree with Portman on gay marriage – Another local politician, Rob Portman, who played a big role in Mitt Romney’s campaign for presidency, made national news this week by changing his stance on gay marriage. In an announcement on Thursday, Portman, who has a gay son, said, “I have come to believe that, if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn’t deny them the opportunity to get married.” The following day, POLITICO reported that Boehner, through a spokesperson, called Portman a “friend and ally … but the speaker continues to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”
Boehner’s column on the sequester – Also on Friday, Boehner released a column titled “The President’s sequester still needs to be replaced.” “For two weeks now, President Obama’s sequester has been in place. And for two weeks, the White House has rightly faced criticism for its implementation of the sequester’s across-the-board cuts. From shutting down White House tours to spreading fear of long lines at airports, I’m disappointed in the way that the administration has chosen to respond to the sequester. In the House of Representatives, we’re keeping the U.S. Capitol open to the American people by cutting elsewhere in our operating accounts.” For the entire column, view it on the speaker’s website.
Boehner on the new Pope – “Thanks be to God for our new pope, Francis I. American Catholics rejoice over this news, and offer our prayers and blessings to His Holiness with confidence that he will fill the Chair of St. Peter with grace. Even more special is that our church will be led for the first time by a Holy Father from the Americas, marking a new milestone in the history of a faith that has endured for millennia. For me, it is truly inspiring that our new pope has taken the name of Francis, the saint who lived a simple life of humility and charity, setting an example for how to make God’s love visible to all, especially those in despair or pain.”
Boehner on Obama’s visit – See video above – House Speaker John Boehner made a statement following President Barack Obama’s visit to the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Boehner thanked the President for the meeting and called it “productive,” but then said: “We know, however, that there are some very real differences between our two parties like issues jobs, balancing the budget and what do we do to get our economy moving again. Republicans want to balance the budget. The president doesn’t. Republicans want to solve our long-term debt problem. The president doesn’t. We want to unlock our energy resources to put more Americans back to work. The president doesn’t.”