In remarks today on Capitol Hill, Speaker of House John Boehner called for action in Iraq:
“On Iraq: It’s been a week now since ISIL fighters stormed Ramadi – the capital of Iraq’s largest province. Hundreds of innocent Iraqi men, women and children have been executed, dozens of U.S.-supplied tanks and military vehicles have been seized," said Boehner.
“The White House still insists that no new strategy is needed. It says the president’s policies have been a success. It just isn’t credible, things need to change.
“A stable and sovereign Iraq is vital to America’s interests. As I told the Iraqi prime minister when I was there before Easter, I was embarrassed that the Iraqis had to bring the Iranians in to help them with the fight in Tikrit.
“To win this fight, the president is going to have to scrap his policies that aren’t working, lay out a broad, overarching strategy to defeat these savage terrorists. What could it look like?
“To start, instead of placing artificial constraints on our commanders, it’s critical that we have a strategy that ensures that conditions on the ground dictate our approach. But I think security is just one piece of this overarching strategy. I think we need to better engage in a meaningful way with Islamic leaders to address the factors that are driving this radicalization. And we need a plan to combat ISIL’s sophisticated use of social media and communications. It’s a battle that we’re losing right now. And, any overarching strategy has to put a priority on backing – not ignoring – America’s allies in the region.
“In the House, Republicans are committed to working with the president to ensure that our troops have what they need to carry out their vital missions. Sadly, Democrats continue to say they won’t support a raise in pay for our troops until they get more domestic spending. So as we pause for Memorial Day to reflect on the great sacrifices made by those who wore the uniform, I hope they’ll reconsider their position.
“After all, the American people sent us to Washington to focus on their priorities, not Washington’s.”
A liberal political action group has produced an ad and fundraising campaign that claims "Republican cuts" to infrastructure spending and Amtrak funding have "killed again." The Agenda Project Action Fund, which has been behind such campaigns as the ad featuring a Paul Ryan look-alike pushing an elderly woman off a cliff and another with the slogan "F*ck Tea," is raising money in the wake of the recent derailment of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia that has killed eight people and injured hundreds more.
The pope will address Congress in September, a press release from the speaker of the House announced today.
“It is my great privilege to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United States Capitol on Thursday, September 24, 2015. On that day, he will become the first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress. It will be a historic visit, and we are truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation," Boehner says in a statement.
The White House has submitted its latest budget proposal to Congress, and the Republican chairs of the budget committees in both the Senate and the House are criticizing the plan for increasing spending and raising taxes. In a joint statement House budget chair Tom Price of Georgia and Senate budget chair Mike Enzi of Wyoming blasted President Obama's proposal:
In a 60 Minutesinterview with Scott Pelley, parts of which aired on Sunday, House speaker John Boehner and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell made it sound like they are no closer to producing the elusive Obamacare alternative than they were five long years ago.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming address to Congress, at Congress's invitation, is drawing significant criticism -- that much is no great surprise. What does surprise, however, is one particular criticism: that the event will be not just bad policy, but even unconstitutional.
Speaker of the House John Boehner told CBS's 60 Minutes that he's "interested in working with" President Barack Obama:
"Listen, the president and I talk, and I know Mitch [McConnell] talks to the president. Wnd we had a meeting at the White House last week. It was all very cordial, it was all very straightforward. I don't think that's the issue," said Boehner in response to a question about whether Republicans and Democrats can work together.
House speaker John Boehner has invited Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on February 11. The invitation is meant to be a repudiation of President Obama's Iran policy, according to a draft Boehner's prepared remarks this morning to the House Republican conference.
The office of House speaker John Boehner has a Buzzfeed-style blog post featuring pop superstar Taylor Swift that attempts to respond to President Obama's proposal to offer Americans two years of free community college. Titled "12 Taylor Swift GIFs for you," the post employs the popular animated image format to supplement its point. Here's one example: