Congressional Reform and the "People's House"
An Address by House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio)
About This Event


This AEI address on congressional reform given by House Republican Leader John Boehner is part of a collection of five speeches assembled by Boehner in a document he calls "Pillars of a New Majority."

A transcript of Boehner's prepared remarks at AEI is here.

The House of Representatives is known as "the people's house," but public trust in the Democratically controlled Congress is now as low as it was in 2006, when the Republicans had a majority. According to a recent PSRA/Pew study, only 31 percent of the public want "most members of Congress reelected," while 56 percent do not. At this AEI event, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will outline his vision of reforms that are needed to address the past failures of Democrats and Republicans alike.



Sepaker Biographies

John Boehner is currently serving his tenth term representing Ohio's eighth congressional district and his second as House Republican Leader. Known as a staunch opponent of pork-barrel politics, he has focused his legislative efforts on fighting to eliminate wasteful spending, create jobs, and balance the federal budget without raising taxes. Under his leadership, House Republicans launched the GOP State Solutions project, aimed at bringing together reform-minded Republicans at the state and federal levels to promote commonsense solutions from outside the Beltway. During his freshman year, Representative Boehner and fellow members of the "Gang of Seven" led an aggressive campaign to clean up Congress and make it more accountable to the American people.  Later, as House GOP Conference Chairman, he was instrumental in crafting the Contract with America, the hundred-day agenda for the 104th Congress that nationalized the 1994 elections, and he was a vocal advocate of the Balanced Budget Act. In September 1999, as vice chairman of the House Administration Committee, Representative Boehner announced the first-ever "clean" independent audit of the House. In 2006, he authored the Pension Protection Act, the most sweeping reform of America's pension laws in more than thirty years. Representative Boehner has also been active in education reform. While chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, he cowrote the bill establishing the first private school-choice program in the District of Columbia and helped ensure parental choice provisions were included in the No Child Left Behind Act. Before entering Congress, Representative Boehner was president of Nucite Sales, a small sales business in the packaging and plastics industry, and was active in local and state government.

Christopher DeMuth is the D. C. Searle Senior Fellow at AEI. He was president of AEI from December 1986 through December 2008. Previously, he was administrator for information and regulatory affairs in the Office of Management and Budget and executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief in the Reagan administration; taught economics, law, and regulatory policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; practiced regulatory, antitrust, and general corporate law; and worked on urban and environmental policy in the Nixon White House.   



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