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  • Rep. Boehner Elected GOP Majority Leader

    Guys, a few weeks ago, i started a thread about banner possiblity in winning the GOP Majority Leader and his positive stance on comprehensive immigration, well he WON!!!!!!

    David Espo
    The Associated Press
    Thursday, February 2, 2006; 3:21 PM

    Rep. John Boehner of Ohio was elected House majority leader Thursday to replace indicted Rep. Tom DeLay.

    Boehner defeated fellow Republican Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, 122-109, after lagging behind his rival in a first, inconclusive vote of GOP House members. The third contender -- John Shadegg of Arizona -- withdrew after finishing last in the initial round.

    Blunt, who had been the front-runner, remains the GOP whip. "Believe me, the world goes on," he said.

    "We have a great leadership team," Blunt said. "We're going to work to make the Congress better, more importantly we're going to work to make the country better, and I look forward to working with John Boehner as majority leader to make that happen."

    Boehner campaigned as a candidate of reform, and said his experience as chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee had demonstrated his ability to pass major legislation.

    Blunt had been a temporary stand-in for DeLay, who is charged with campaign finance violations in Texas.

    After the vote, Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., called Boehner "a fresh face."

    "It wouldn't be credible for the same leaders to be advocating change," Flake said, adding he hoped Blunt would stay on as whip, third-ranking in the leadership.

    Republicans are at a political crossroads as they work to avoid the taint of scandal from investigations that have already led to the conviction and resignation of Rep. Randy Cunningham, R-Calif. In addition, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, faces scrutiny in a wide-ranging congressional corruption investigation symbolized by lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

    Blunt's position in leadership had made him the front-runner, but he ended seven votes short of the necessary majority on a first-round secret ballot. He had 110 votes and Boehner had 79. Shadegg received 40 and Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas, who was not an announced candidate, got two votes.

    After Shadegg and Ryun dropped out, Boehner won his second-ballot victory.

    It was the most-contested election among House Republicans since the upheaval that followed ethics allegations and election losses in 1998. Eight years later, the GOP hopes to avoid political reversals in midterm elections as it contends with ethics problems anew.

  • #2
    Guy, boehner voted against the sensenbrenner bill because he felt that a guest worker provision should have been included in the bill to deal with the 11 million undocumented migrant here.

    So, my question to IMMORTALE IS, if the house is so against any type of guest worker programm, why would they elect a guy that is on record saying he's a supporter of a guest worker program??? it doesnt make any sense to elect this guy..So now, not only do you have the RNC, the senate, the white house and the entire democratic party supporting a guest worker program, but now you have the GOP majority leader on the same page which you didnt have before because delay and blunder were both against any ype of guest worker program untill an enforcement-only bill came first.

    So IMMORTLE? you still would bet money that tancredo would easily fight off a guest worker program? no way jose

    Tancredo had his 92 caucus memberS voting against boehner just because of his immigration stance and he was still not able to keep boehner out of this powerfull seat.

    I think we will have a guest worker bill by the end of the winter


    • #3
      Immigration vote stirs concern about Boehner
      By Stephen Dinan
      January 11, 2006

      But Mr. Boehner's aides insist he is committed to working on the issue.
      "Mr. Boehner believes we must strengthen our border security, and any suggestion questioning his commitment to immigration reform smacks of desperation by those who have an alternative agenda," spokesman Kevin Smith said.
      After the immigration vote, Mr. Boehner said he "wanted badly to vote for it" but couldn't because it put too many burdens on businesses.
      Mr. Boehner did vote for amendments calling for the fence and ending the visa lottery program.
      Excluding the immigration issue, Mr. Boehner's voting record scored points with many conservatives on issues such as spending earmarks and promoting school choice.
      Mr. Boehner does not earmark funds for his district and was one of eight Republicans to vote against the 2005 highway bill, which included billions of dollars of earmarks -- specific projects that members include in spending bills, widely called pork-barrel spending. Mr. Blunt has argued that lawmakers should be able to include needed projects because they know best what their constituents need.
      Also, Mr. Boehner, chairman of the Education and the Workforce Committee, has been a staunch defender of school choice, while Mr. Blunt in 2001 voted against an amendment that would have let children in low-performance or unsafe schools use a voucher to transfer schools.
      Mr. Blunt's aides, though, point out that he has since supported school choice for the District of Columbia and was a sponsor of a bill last year to allow private schools to be reimbursed for educating Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
      Both men lay claim to being strong fiscal conservatives.
      But immigration remains an issue.
      Angela Kelley, deputy director of the pro-guest-worker and pro-legalization group National Immigration Forum, said Mr. Blunt recently has seemed to become tougher on illegal immigration.
      She had a different opinion of Mr. Boehner. Although she said the Ohioan hasn't come out as a champion of legalization like Arizona Republican Reps. Jeff Flake and Jim Kolbe, she added that this "doesn't mean he couldn't be."
      "He's also not in the Tancredo camp, so I have great hope for him if he comes out on top," she said.
      Paul Egan, government relations director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, said his group is not taking sides in the race, but that Mr. Blunt's list of supporters is peppered with Republicans who have been out front on cracking down on illegal immigration.
      Mr. Blunt announced yesterday that he had the support of Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, who wrote a 1996 immigration bill, and Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, chairman of the Armed Services Committee and the lead sponsor of the fence amendment.


      his article talks about how all the anti-immigration members suppored blunt o win and didnt like boehner immigraion stance.


      • #4

        Can't say I'm shocked with Boehner's victory. Top GOP brass is going to push their agenda through and they are paving the way in the House for their guest worker program. Blunt would have had to oppose any such program in order to save face and not look hypocritical on the issue. Taking him out of the picture removes a stumbling block in the House for the Administrations.

        I don't see H.R. 4437 going to a conference committe. It's would require too much modification and it's easier just to scrap it and throw support behind another bill. It has served it's purpose and will probably help the GOP retain House in ani-immigration constituencies. It was just an election smoke screen.


        • #5
          With the House bill as it is, no guest worker program can be implemented. Period.
          If you include a guest worker program but fail to alter the House bill it would be just a waste of time and probably money, not to mention that you'd be passing absurd legislation.


          • #6
            Boehners victory was an attempt by the GOP to secure the swing state Ohio. The fact that half of the republicans did not vote for him should give you an idea of how much clout he carries AND how much compromise he will have to undertake.

            No guestworkers in this congress.


            • #7
              I often cannot see through political smoke, so forgive me if this sounds stupid......but, why would the new immigration bill get to the point it did if there isn't real support behind it? I watched some of the discussions on C-Span and it seems to me that many of our leaders are tired of the way USCIS has performed and even more tired of the open borders. The problem is the system doesn't seem to be working and people don't leave when they are supposed to. This scares many Americans and furthermore, the majority of Americans aren't even aware of how easy it is to just stay once you get here. many Americans assume if someone is here, they have a right to be and this is not always the case. As immigration problems are brought to attention, more solutions will have to be put forth. I don't think most Americans are okay with the idea of let's just have them fill out some papers and get it over with.


              • #8
                One thing that American understand is $$$. When an average joe finds out that an illegal can go to school and university for free, while they have to fork thousands of dollars for their own children, or illegals having free healthcare while the avg joe deductible is $5000/family, or those minority with low-paying jobs who's slowly being squeeze out of their job and replace by lower-wages illegal...
                Just sit back and watch the firework flies.