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Event Summary

Speaker of the House John Boehner addressed a packed room at AEI on Thursday, detailing a five-point plan for resetting America’s economic foundation on the eve of an unfolding energy boom.

Speaker Boehner argued North America is on track to become energy independent within the next few years through energy exploration programs, which would drive economic growth. His plan features the House-introduced energy and jobs package bill, which includes approving the Keystone XL pipeline in an effort to lower energy costs and increase American jobs.

Speaker Boehner explained how to utilize this economic boon to lay a solid foundation for future generations. His plan includes reforming the private and corporate tax code to remove loopholes and complexities, making it “pro-growth and pro-family.” He stressed that entitlement and government spending programs need to be set on a sustainable path to lessen the debt burden on future generations.

Speaker Boehner also argued legal system reforms are necessary to minimize frivolous lawsuits, which add to the cost of doing business. He advocated for a more collaborative process for designing further federal regulations, translating to fewer, more meaningful rules.

He concluded his speech by arguing for an expansion of the DC Opportunity scholarship program to promote school choice for disadvantaged students in an effort to prepare a well-educated workforce.
— James Knupp

Event Description

Please join us as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) delivers his five-point policy vision to reset America’s economy. He will discuss how the emerging energy boom in the United States offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for our country to reset its economic foundation by addressing the debt, reforming the tax code, fixing the legal system, reining in excessive regulations, and strengthening the country’s educational system to empower Americans and renew our country’s future.

If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.


2:00 PM

2:15 PM
Arthur C. Brooks, AEI

2:20 PM
Keynote address:
John Boehner, US House of Representatives (R-OH)

2:40 PM

3:00 PM

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Speaker Biographies

John Boehner serves as speaker of the US House of Representatives. He was elected to represent Ohio’s Eighth Congressional District for a 12th term in November 2012. Early in his congressional career, as part of the Gang of Seven, Speaker Boehner and fellow lawmakers successfully closed the scandal-riddled House bank, uncovered dine-and-dash practices at the House restaurant, and exposed drug sales and cozy cash-for-stamps deals at the House post office. When the GOP won the congressional majority in 1995, House Republicans elected Speaker Boehner to serve as House Republican Conference chairman for the 104th and 105th Congresses. From 2001 to 2006, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, where he cowrote the bill establishing the first private school choice program in the District of Columbia and worked to enact the Pension Protection Act. In 2006, Speaker Boehner was elected by his colleagues to serve as House majority leader. Five years later, on January 5, 2011, he swore in the 112th Congress as the 53rd speaker of the House and was reelected in 2013 to serve a second term, for the 113th Congress. Speaker Boehner has led the drive for an aggressive set of reforms that require bills be posted online at least three days before a vote, make it easier to cut spending, and require legislation to cite its authority in the Constitution. He also led House Republicans to adopt the first ban on earmarks.

Arthur C. Brooks is the president of AEI and the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise. Until January 1, 2009, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University. He is the author of 10 books and many articles on topics ranging from the economics of the arts to applied mathematics. His books include “The Road to Freedom: How to Win the Fight for Free Enterprise,” “Social Entrepreneurship,” and “Who Really Cares.” Before pursuing his work in public policy, Brooks spent 12 years as a professional French hornist with the City Orchestra of Barcelona and other ensembles.

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