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February 12, 2016

Earmarks Aren’t Coming Back, Boehner Vows in New Video

Boehner expressed frustration Tuesday about progress on both a farm bill and a budget conference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner reiterates his opposition to earmarks in new video. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner’s office is out with a new video slamming Senate Democrats and pledging that as long as the Ohio Republican is speaker, “there will be no earmarks.”

In the video, which uses a score befitting an NFL Films promo, Boehner says the American people have entrusted House Republicans to do things differently.

“So when it comes to earmarks, we’ve kept our promise,” he says in footage ripped from his weekly news conference on May 22.

Boehner then ticks off a few pieces of legislation — appropriations bills, the defense authorization act, a highway bill and a water resources bill — that contain “no earmarks.”

“But now we’ve got the two top Democrats in the Senate,” Boehner says, as the video cuts to a still shot of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid giving Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin a solemn, Dad-like shoulder grab, “who are plotting to try to reinstate pork-barrel earmarks into bills.”

The video then cuts to Reid, who says earmarks will come back; it’s only a question of when.

Cut to a younger Boehner on the House floor, giving a speech presumably about earmarks.

“My positions hasn’t changed, and the position of our team has not changed,” Boehner says. “It’s more than just about dollars and cents, it’s about earning the trust of the people we serve.

“As long as I’m speaker, there will be no earmarks,” he says, as the video ends with the horns reaching a crashing crescendo and an advertisement for stretching across the screen.



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  • Yonatan YONATAN

    It’s been six months without an unemployment extension bill for the three million unemployed families still without benefits. The republicans senate has made every effort to delay the vote to render it too late for passing. This was done in a very calculated manner, without compassion or common decency towards these struggling families. The republican senate has destined these families to financial ruin and utter poverty. They have walked away from the issue, leaving these families without an income source. However, they fought tooth and nail for the Koch Brother’s Oil Pipeline bill to be passed. They have demonstrated for whom they work for, and it’s not the average American, living paycheck to paycheck. The republicans are working for corporate America and special interest groups with deep pockets. The congress recently passed a foreign aid package for the Ukraine. worth Billions of tax payer dollars, but failed helping these poor families in need. Senator John Boehner is as sad excuse for human being if ever there was one.

  • Mark Hammel

    As part of his personal jihad against his political opposition, Obama personally approved of the 2013 sequester. And then claimed he didn’t.

  • erick

    John Boehner pledges “no earmarks”, but plenty of tax breaks for rich people and corporations that outsource jobs overseas. 2 million unemployed workers will be left to starve and die in the CLASS WAR by the financial class against the working class.

  • G26

    Since it is impossible to know who among us knows best, we trust the competitive efforts of many to help us see better ways of doing things.

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