Wednesday, January 5, 2011

John Boehner Takes Gavel as GOP Takes Over Majority in House of Representatives

Kathryn Jean Lopez has the transript, "A Short Speech About Humility & Principle, Getting to Work."

And at New York Times, "
Boehner Takes Gavel in House With Pledge to Bring Change."

The new speaker of the House, John Boehner, promised a new era of transparency in lawmaking on Wednesday, but he also pledged to aggressively push forward the conservative agenda that swept his party into power.

A roll-call vote of the chamber’s 435 members ended the way the results of November’s election determined that it would: with more votes for Mr. Boehner than for the Democratic leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, making him speaker.

In remarks after taking the gavel from Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Boehner described himself as humbled, and said that the changes he envisions would restore trust to “the people’s House.”

“We will honor our Pledge to America, built through a process of listening to the people, and we will stand firm on our Constitutional principles that built our party, and built a great nation,” said Mr. Boehner, now second in line of succession to the presidency. “We will do these things, however, in a manner that restores and respects the time-honored right of the minority to an honest debate — a fair and open process” ....

Despite a general atmosphere of bipartisanship on the opening day of the 112th Congress, Mr. Boehner made no effort in his remarks to disguise his disgust with the way Ms. Pelosi and her Democratic majority ran the House over the past four years.

He said the rules of the House under Ms. Pelosi and previous speakers were “misconceptions” that served as the “basis for the rituals of modern Washington” — and he pledged to change them.

“There were no open rules in the House in the last Congress. In this one, there will be many,” Mr. Boehner said. “With this restored openness, however, comes a restored responsibility. You will not have the right to willfully disrupt the proceedings of the people’s House. But you will always have the right to a robust debate in open process that allows you to represent your constituents, to make your case, offer alternatives and be heard.”

Mr. Boehner referred to the complaints of his fellow Republicans that the Democrats used omnibus legislation and restricted amendments as a way of moving President Obama’s legislative agenda through the House over the wishes of the minority. Mr. Boehner said in his remarks that the House’s new rules would fix those problems — a claim that Democratic lawmakers have already challenged.
More at the link.

Also, at ABC News earlier, "
John Boehner Poised to be Speaker With His Entire Extended Family Watching." (Via Memeorandum.)

And this is what you'll be hearing about from the left for the next couple of days: "
John Boehner Cries Again and Again During Swear In."

Video Hat Tip:
Legal Insurrection.

ADDED: At Gay Patriot, "Ms. Nancy’s Classless Exit." And especially Michelle's, "It’s official: Speaker Boehner, Weaker Pelosi; Update: Boehner cries, Pelosi lies; Pelosi’s bitter, clinging send-off."