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Buck on John Boehner's Reelection as Speaker

January 6, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Ken Buck (R-CO) issued the following statement regarding the reelection of Representative John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House:

“Today, I chose to vote for Speaker John Boehner’s reelection as Speaker of the House because with majorities in both the House and Senate, Republicans are operating from a new position of strength and unity.  Speaker Boehner has the opportunity to work the Republican majorities in both chambers to combat President Obama’s lawlessness and unconstitutional actions. I intend to work toward that end, to reduce federal spending, and to reduce red tape and regulations that stifle the private sector.

I do not agree with every decision Speaker Boehner has made, but under his leadership the House passed 387 bills during the 113th Congress designed to improve the economy and increase our liberties.  They all sat on Harry Reid’s desk in the Senate and went nowhere.  Speaker Boehner is now being given the chance to work with the new Senate majority to solve problems and rein in the federal government. 

I am not in Washington to cast protest votes or to vote present. Republicans nominated Speaker Boehner.  As today’s vote demonstrated, he garnered the most support from the Republican Party.  The members who stepped forward as alternatives were well intentioned and their decision was admirable. However, there was no other viable candidate for the position of Speaker of the House.  With this vote complete, I look forward to working to solve the problems we face as a nation, chief among them our debt and deficit.”