Boehner, or GOP, Must Bend

Washington Post

As Rep. John A. Boehner (Ohio) moves to unite his fractious House Republicans, the newly elected House majority leader has another issue to finesse: his own views on some key issues, which have clashed with the stance of much of the Republican Party.

From illegal immigration to sanctions on China to an overhaul of the pension system, Boehner, as chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, took ardently pro-business positions that were contrary to those of many in his party.

In an interview, Boehner vowed to lead by consensus.

‘This is going to take people a while to realize, but I’m a big believer in allowing all members of the team to participate,’ he said.

But he also stood by his positions, especially on a tough illegal immigration bill that passed in December with overwhelming Republican support over Boehner’s opposition. One provision in the bill would mandate that every business verify the legality of every employee through the federal terrorism watch list and a database of Social Security numbers. To business groups and Boehner, it is unworkable.

2 Responses to “Boehner, or GOP, Must Bend”

  1. lance sjogren Says:

    I think we definitely need a bent Boner.

  2. The Watchdog Says:

    I have a bad feeling that boner is going to fuck us all in the ass.

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