tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN October 29, 2015 8:00pm-10:01pm EDT
$8.95 plus shipping. www.c-span.org get your copy today atwww.c-span.org/landmark cases. www.c-span.org >> tonight on c-span, the election of the new speaker of the house, paul ryan. first, outgoing speaker john boehner gavels in for the first time and gives his last floor speech. then, house minority leader nancy pelosi, followed by paul ryan speaking to the house before being sworn in. rep. boehner: the house will be in order. chaplain, don hi re. let us pray. lord god, you know our need. a great entrusted to us
nation founded on life and liberty. we stand before you ready to fulfill a mission that will give glory to your name and ensure the dignity of all humanity. we plead for your wisdom. give us the courage to open our eyes to see. give us the fortitude to endear when the demands of our office seem overwhelming. prudence -- with prudence when all pathways seem troublesome. the us to discern and seek common good with comfort and beckons.e temps and study our hand and remind us that all good things come from you. -- steady our hand and remind us that all good things come from you. remind us that the pursuit of
happiness is the greatest thing that we will perform on behalf of all people. amen. [applause] rep. boehner: all right. iq. -- thank you. to inform you that i will resign as speaker of the house upon the election of my successor. i will also resign as the representative from ohio's eighth district at the end of this month. i have no regrets, no burdens. i leave the way i started.
i am just a regular guy, humbled by the chance to do a big job. that is what i am most proud of. i am still just me. the same guy who came here 25 years ago, a small businessman. yearst all these 25 trying to just be me. sometimes my staff thought i was too much like me. it really is the thing i am the most proud of. i am the same regular guy who came here to do a good job for my district and my country. i want to express what an honor it has been to serve with all of you. the people's house is, in my view, the great embodiment of the american dream. everybody here comes from somewhere. submissionere is on -- some mission. as far back as i can remember, i
was working. "on november 1 you're not going to have a job. when was the last time you didn't have a job?" and said ibout it had to be eight or nine years old because i was going newspapers back then and working him against farm. -- working on my dads farm. -- e to work for tw i used to work for two dollars. not two dollars. it was just the cincinnati way.. our city takes its name from the great roman general, cincinnatus , a farmer who answered the call of his nation to lead and then surrendered his power to go back to his plow. for me, it was not a farm, it was a small business. it was not so much a calling as
it was a mission. a mission to strive for a smaller, less costly, more accountable government in washington. here are some facts. for the first time in newly 20 years, we have made some real entitlement reforms, saving trillions of dollars over the long term. cap protected 19 & best we have protected 99%-- we have protected 99% of the american people from an increase in the taxes. banned earmarks altogether. sorry. we have protected this institution. we have made it more open to the people. every day in this capital city, kids fromndreds of the toughest neighborhoods who are finally getting the chance at a decent education. [applause]
rep. boehner: i am proud of these things. the mission is not complete. the truth is it me never be. one thing i came to realize over the years i have been here is that this battle over the size and scope and cost of the governments in washington has been going on for two and use -- 200 years. real change takes time. freedom makes all things makesle, but patience all things real. long, slowthe struggle. believe in this country's ability to meet its challenges. you cannot do a big job alone, especially this one.
girls,ly, deb, my two they have been through a lot. you know it your families go through. it is one thing for us to take the bricks and the boards and everything that gets thrown at us. it is another thing for families. their skin is not as thick. i'm grateful to all my colleagues, my fellow leaders, mccarthy, mr. rogers, and many of those on my side of the aisle, to midi chairs, people i -- committee chairs, people i have worked with for a long time. thank them for all the work we have done together. over these last five years, we have done a lot of work together, more across the aisle over the last five years than in the 25 years i have served in this institution. as much as i enjoy working with
all of you, some of you could dress better. [laughter] you know who you are. [laughter] [applause] rep. boehner: i saw one of the culprits, one of the usual suspects that shows up without a tie once in a while, but this morning, he did not dress very well, but he did have a tie on. whograteful for the people work in this institution everyday, whether it is the reading clerks or [applause]
rep. boehner: there are a lot of people. thousands of people that allow us to do our jobs. to help this institution what it is. whether it is the people that you see here today or the people in the office or the capitol police or the ledge counsel, there are thousands of people who do allow us to do our jobs. i'm grateful to my staff. you all know i'm a big lever in staff. who we arewould be without staff. i would not have got to my job without having built a great team. i am really grateful to my staff. as they like to say to each other, "once you are a part of boehner-land, you're always a part of boehner-land." that goes for me as well.
i'm faithful to all my constituents and volunteers of the years. that includes a miami university student in 1990 who is putting up campaign signs for me. his name is paul ryan. i don't know if he could pronounce my name back then. he was putting up signs for me. i said there is a difference between being asked to do something and being called to do something. , and i knowg called he will serve with grace and energy. i want to wish him and his family all the best. [applause] rep. boehner: i have described my life as a chase for the american dream.
that chase began at the bottom of the hill, just off the main drag in redding ohio. the top of the hill was a small house, with a big family. a shining city. turns, even twists, if you t -- even a few tears. [laughter] rep. boehner: it was just perfect. we are the luckiest people on americans and can do anything you are atling to work hard if you're willing to make the necessary sacrifices in life. if you falter, and you will, you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and go do it again. if you just do the right things
brexit the house then held its formal vote to elect all right as speaker. he received 236 votes. gotrity leader nancy pelosi 184. speaker addressed to be assembled members of the house for his formal swearing-in. from minorityear leader nancy pelosi. this is half an hour. mr. speaker. the speaker elect, paul ryan of
rep. pelosi: my dear colleagues of the 114th congress of the united states, today and every floor,come to this inspired by the support of our colleagues, the trust of our constituents, and the love of our families. my special thanks to my husband paul, my five children, my nine grandchildren, and the entire pelosi thalamic -- family. my gratitude to the people of san francisco for the continued honor they give me to represent
them here. my heartfelt thanks to my democratic colleagues first-inning to me the honor of being nominated to be speaker of the house. they can my colleagues. -- thank you my colleagues. [applause] rep. pelosi: today we bid farewell to a speaker who had served his constituents and this gress with honor for 25 years, speaker john boehner. [applause] rep. pelosi: in his story, we are reminded of the
enduring, exceptional promise of .merica john boehner talked about the american dream. you are the personification of the american dream. [applause] rep. pelosi: as you all know, speaker boehner was a forgettable spokesperson for the republican agenda. my republican colleagues, i 'm sure you know and i can attest that he was always true and loyal to the members of his caucus. although we had our differences, and often, i always respected his dedication to this house and his commitment to his values. thank you, john, for your leadership and courage as speaker. your graciousness as speaker extended and was reflected in
your staff under the leadership of mike summers, who we all respect. thank you, john boehner. [applause] rep. pelosi: i know i speak for everyone here, democrats and republicans, when i thank you for making this visit from pope francis such a beautiful and meaningful experience for all of us. [applause] rep. pelosi: today, we extend our thanks and congratulations to debbie, your daughters lyndsay and tricia, and the entire boehner family, now including your grandson alastair. let us hear it for the family of john boehner. [applause]
rep. pelosi: on behalf of house democrats and personally, i wish you and your family all of god's blessings in the glorious years ahead. last month, we witnessed something truly special when pope francis made history, addressing a joint session of congress, standing right here. ek hope,d on us to se peace, and dialogue among all people, and reminded us of our duty to find a way forward for everyone. a good political leader, he said, is one who would put the interest of all in mind, seize the moment in a spirit of openness, and pragmatism.
with the interest in mind of all. the francis echoed principles of our founders, the place of the heart of our luribuscy the saying "e p unum." our founders could never have guessed how many we would be, knew we would have to be one. every day, we pledge allegiance to one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [applause] rep. pelosi: this is the beauty of america that for all of our differences, perspectives, and argued so,
passionately on this floor, we are committed to being one nation. despite our differences, respecting them, i look forward to clear debate in this marketplace of ideas, the people's house of representatives. my fellow colleagues, we have a responsibility to act upon our shared faith in the greatness of our country. we have a responsibility to be worthy of the sacrifices of our troops in a veterans in our military families. we have a responsibility to make real the promise of america for all. there is important work before the congress to do more to goodte growth, create paying jobs, and increase the paychecks of america's working families. house, a page is turned, and a new chapter has begun. today, the gavel passes to a , the first speaker
from wisconsin. [applause] ryan has hadpaul the full expense on capital waiterrom a staffer to a to congressman, to being a advocate as chairman of the budget committee, a leader of the ways and means committee, and in a minute, he will be speaker of the house of representatives. [applause] on behalf of house democrats, i extend the hand of friendship to you. congratulations to you, paul, , howchildren, your mother proud she must be, the entire , who we all know
mean so much to you. god bless you and your family and god bless the united states of america. [applause] rep. pelosi: this is the speaker's house. this is the people's gavel, the people's house, and in the it is myname, privilege to hand the scandals of the speaker of the house, congressman and honorable paul ryan -- to hand this gavel to the speaker of the house, congressman and honorable paul ryan. [applause]
speaker ryan: now i know how he felt. it is not until you hold this spot and stand in the look out and see all 435 members as if all of america is sitting right in front of you, it is not until then that you feel it. the weight of responsibility. the gravity of the moment. you know, as i stand here, i cannot help but think of something harry truman once said. the day after franklin roosevelt died, truman became president, and he told a group of reporters if you ever pray, pray for me now. when they told me yesterday what had happened, i felt like the moon and stars and all of the
planets had fallen on me. we should all feel that way, a lot is an honor shoulders -- a lot is on our shoulders. pray for each other. republicans for democrats, democrats for republicans. [applause] speaker ryan: i don't mean pray for a conversion. [laughter] speaker ryan: pray for a deeper understanding. when you're up here, you see it so clearly. wherever you come from, what ever you believe, we are all in the same boat. i never thought i'd be speaker.
early in my life, i wanted to serve this house. i thought this place was exhilarating, because here, you can make a difference. if you had a good idea and you worked hard, you can make it happen. you can improve people's lives. to me, the house of representatives represents what is best of america, the boundless opportunity to do good. , the house isk broken. we are not solving problems, we're adding to them. i'm not interested in laying blame. we are not settling scores. we are wiping the slate clean. [applause]
speaker ryan: neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going. we need to make some changes, starting with how the house does business. we need to let every member contribute, not once they have earned their stripes, but now. i come at this job as a two-time committee chair. the committees should we take the lead in drafting all major legislation. [applause] speaker ryan: if you know the issue, you should write the bill. let us open up the process. let people participate. they might change their mind. a neglected minority will gum up the works.
a respected minority will work in good faith. instead of trying to stop the majority, they might try to become the majority. in other words, we need to return to regular order. [applause] speaker ryan: i know this sounds like a process, but it is actually a matter of principle. we are the body closest to the people. every two years, we face the voters and sometimes face the music. but, we do not echo the people, we represent the people. to study and do the homework they cannot hear -- i cannot.
-- we are supposed to study and do the homework they cannot. only a functioning house can truly represent the people. if there is ever a time for us to step up, this would be that time. [applause] speaker ryan: america does not feel strong anymore because the working people of america do not feel strong anymore. i'm talking about the people who mind the store and grow the food and walk the beat and pay the taxes and raise the family. they do not sit in this house. they do not have fancy titles. they're the people who make this country work, and this house should work for them. [applause]
speaker ryan: here is the problem. they are working hard. they are paying a lot. they're trying to do right by their families. they are going nowhere fast. they never get a raise. they never get a break. the bills keep piling up and the taxes and the debt. they are working harder than ever before to get ahead but they are falling further behind. they feel robbed. they feel cheated by their birthright of their birthright. they are not asking for any favors. chance,t want a fair and they are losing faith that they will ever get it. then, they look at washington and all they see is chaos. what a relief to them it would be if we finally got our act together? what a weight off of their shoulders?
how reassuring it would be if we actually fixed the tax code, but patients in charge of their health care, grow our economy, strengthened our military, grew people out of poverty and pay down our debt? [applause] speaker ryan: at this point, nothing could be more inspiring than a job well done. nothing could stir the heart more than real, concrete results. the cynics will scoff. they say it is not possible. you better believe we are going to try. the tought duck issues. we will take them head on. we will do everything we
canceled the working people can -- their straight strength back and people not working can get their lives back. opportunity for all. that is our motto. [applause] speaker ryan: you know, i often talk about a need for addition. -- for a vision. i'm not sure i actually said what i really meant. we solve problems here, yes. we create a lot of them too. we vindicate a way of life. we show by our work that he will -- that free people can govern themselves. they can make their own decisions, deliberate, collaborate, get the job done.
self-government is not only more efficient and more effective, it is more fulfilling. struggle, that hard work, that achievement itself that makes us free, that is what we do here. we will not always agree. not all of us. not all of the time. we should not hide her disagreements. -- weuld embrace of them should not hide our disagreements, we should embrace them. [applause] speaker ryan: if you have ideas, let us hear them. i believe that a greater clarity between us can lead to greater charity among us. there is every reason to have hope. when the first speaker took the gavel, he looked out of the room -- out at a room of
30 people representing a nation million.llion -- 3 today, we represent 300 million. when i hear that we are done, we are spent, i do not believe it. fiber of myth every being that we can renew and the american idea. [applause] speaker ryan: our task is to make us all believe. my friends, you have done me a great honor. the people of this country, they have done all of us a great honor. now, let us prove ourselves worthy of it. let us seize the moment. let us rise to the occasion.
office. oath of to administerdean the oaths of office. th of office. from the gentleman wisconsin would please raise his right hand, do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that will bear truth, faith, and allegiance, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of -- of evasion, and that you will willingly and faithfully discharge the duty of the office on which you are d?out to enter, so hope you go speaker ryan: i do. [applause]
speaker ryan: thank you. [applause] thank you, thank you, thank you. [applause] >> every weekend, the c-span network features programs on politics, nonfiction books, and american history. saturday night at 9:00 eastern, social mediahether hurts politics and its effect on the campaign of 2016. sunday at 6:30, texas legislators look at the hispanic vote in 2016 and the 28 elections. this saturday, on c-span2, starting at noon eastern, it is the seventh annual southern ,estival of books in nashville including kristen green on a virginia town's reaction to the supreme court's brown the board of education ruling -- brown v.
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speaker in disgust their working relationship -- and discussed their working relationship. this is five minutes. sen. mcconnell: there's a lot you can say about john boehner. he has his breakfast every morning at pete's diner. temple.fan of the thai he is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. i know because we thought many -- fought many battles together. i never buckles. -- he never buckles. what is amazing is how we have had such a frictionless relationship. just the party is opposition, but the senate, that is the enemy. that may have been true passed
house and senate leaders, but that is not for us. you might not expect it. i'm a little more bourbon, and he is a little more merlot. i lecture on henry clay. dee do da."izip a i have always considered john a friend. it is hard not to like him. as far as what he has accomplished in his career. an, he tookned ohio on a scandal plagued incumbent and one. -- won. he took on money laundering scams and powerful members and prevailed. as an engineer of the contract with america, he took on the democrats decade-long power lock and triumphs. as an excellence of political
leadership long considered politically dead, he convinced he did. as the inheritor of a diminished and dispirited house minority, he dared to believe conservatives could rise again and created the largest republican majority since bob haired flappers were dancing the charleston in the 1920's. john boehner has been to the mountaintop. he has slid right back into the valley and ascended to great heights it again. -- yet again. he does it all with hard work. he does it with an earnestness and and honesty that i have always admired. when he talks about struggling to make it, it is not gratitude
-- without gratitude. when he gets choked up about americans achieving their dreams, it is not an act. this is a guy who shared a bathroom with 11 brothers and sisters. imagine that. this is a guy whose parents slept on the full out sofa -- pullout sofa. this is the guy who worked hard behind a bar and eventually found his way atop the restaurant. maybe that is why he is so humble. maybe that is why when he orders breakfast at pete's, they don't call him mr. speaker, they call "john-john." here is what i know about speaker john boehner. by iss the code he lives a simple one. do the right thing. for the right reasons. the right things will happen.
i found that to be true. i find it to be true in our battles fighting side-by-side for conservative reform, sometimes from a position deep in the minority. many last share of moments, that is for sure, but he always strived to push forward. as iaid about john boehner today, he announced his retirement, grace under pressure, country, an institution before self, these are the things that come to mind when i think of him. i wish speaker john boehner the best in retirement and thank him for always working hard to do the right thing. for his family. for his district. for his party. for his country. farewell. my friend. monday, on the communicators,
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>> let us pray. lord god, you know our needs. entrusted to us a great nation bounded in life and liberty. we stand before you ready to fulfill the mission that will give glory to your name and ensure the dignity of all humanity. we plead for your wisdom. give us the courage to open our eyes to see. give us the fortitude to endure when the demands of our office
seem overwhelming. bless us with prudence when all pathways seem troublesome. help us to discern and seek the common good when comfort and expedients tempt and beckon. challenge our minds and steady our hand and remind us that all good things come from you. transform our lives, and we will remember that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the greatest work we will perform on behalf of all people. amen. announces to the house is approval thereof. the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance would be led from the gentleman from ohio. everybody join in pledge for
our nation's flag. >> and to the republic, for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. speaker boehner: will the gentleman from ohio rise. >> mr. speaker, pursuant to clause 7 of rule 20, i move a call of the house. speaker boehner: the chair confers recognition for that purpose. without recognition, a call of the house is ordered. members will record their presence by electronic device.
>> a special day in the u.s. house, electing a new speaker today. the outgoing house speaker foriated the roll call members to come to the floor and begin the process of electing a new speaker, who is likely to be paul ryan, from janesville, wisconsin. his pastor in janesville opened up the morning session with the prayer this morning.
speaker boehner deviled the house -- gaveled the house in. live coverage on c-span. a bit different look from the different angles. we have our cameras in the chamber in addition to the cameras from the house. this call, the courtroom -- the quorum, the same kind of thing, it will last a half hour, maybe less. the proceedings will get underway. all live here on c-span.
>> congressman ryan on the floor of the house. the chamber is in the call, a quorum gathering for the election of the speaker coming up. being surrounded by fellow members, the electorate will get underway just a bit later on as the health -- as the house gathers. live coverage. we are joined by the senior staff writer. next to in inauguration or a state of the union address, this is a significant event that happens on capitol hill. >> this is an enormous deal.
the transfer of power in the house of representatives, paul ryan will become the next speaker of the house, the 54th speaker of the house. second in line to the presidency, behind, of course, the vice president. there is a lot of activity on the hill right now. paul ryan -- i just bumped into him at downstairs at the capital. he was reading -- greeting family members. he was engaged in a pretty fun conversation with governor sam brownback, one of his former mentors in the house of representatives. there is a lot of activity, a lot of people, a lot of energy right now in the house. >> on the floor, not just paul ryan, but others as well.
we are hearing that is former running mate, mitt romney, and his wife will be in the gallery today. >> that is exactly right. mitt romney and his wife will be in the chamber later today. along with all of his family members -- paul ryan's mother, betty douglas will be there, all of his siblings. -- they are getting the band back together again, i suppose you could say, with romn ey, the former 2012 presidential gop nominee. >> move us forward just a little bit. once the quorum happens, how does the election take place? hearound 9:40, we will speaker boehner deliver his farewell remarks. then we will go into the nomination for speaker, followed up by a roll call.
this is a formal local where members -- formal roll call where members will be asked to shout out on the house floor the name of the person they would like to see as a speaker. this also includes democrats. they will include the name nancy pelosi. most republicans shouting out the name when their name is called, paul ryan. we are expecting some defections on both sides as we have seen in recent elections. >> yesterday was 200 votes in the conference for paul ryan. 42 daniel webster -- 43 daniel webster. there was some word that daniel webster would not run today, would take his name out of consideration. what are you hearing? -- het i am hearing is acknowledges that paul ryan probably has 218 votes necessary to be elected speaker of the
house floor. however, what he has a is that he cannot control members from shouting out his name on the house of lords. -- house floors. we are expecting some webster loyalists who are disenchanted with the establishment, know, notted with, you only speaker boehner, but his leadership. remember, most of the leadership team will not change. we still have a majority leader kevin mccarthy, majority whip. the only person that will change is the person at the top. we are expecting probably a dozen or so folks who will perhaps vote for daniel webster. that is roughly what he got in january in his race against speaker boehner. beenments ago, our species -- our c-span viewers saw daniel webster speaking with jim
jordan, the head of the freedom caucus. what is the relationship between paul ryan and jim jordan, and other conservatives, particularly the 43 or so that supported congressman webster? >> it is one of respect. i spoke to jim jordan yesterday. there is a mutual respect. he is obviously -- paul ryan is very much a policy person. he's not engaged on the political side, although he is a talented politician. what we have seen in the last couple weeks here is paul ryan reaching out to disenchanted conservatives saying, i am open to all of these ideas of rules reforms, i would like to get more members involved in the process when it comes to bringing those floors in terms of revamping the steering committee that uses which members -- that chooses which
members are assigned to committees and which members will receive chairmanships. all these discussions will be taking place over the next few weeks. we are told that paul ryan, yesterday in his meeting with house republicans, told them that he wants to get many of these rules finalized before thanksgiving. >> that is scott wong, reporting from capitol hill, covering the election of the house speaker. a senior staff writer with "the hill" thehill.com. thanks for joining us so much. looking live on the house floor. this is the quorum. we are covering it in a number of ways. you are seeing some different camera angles. there is daniel webster. in addition to the house with -- house cameras, c-span's cameras are here today. the dean of the house, john conyers will square in the news -- the new speaker. last dean was john dingell.
tweaking daniel webster is urging republicans not to vote for him as speaker. he's in the back of the chamber, speaking with steve king. daniel webster asked not to be nominated on the floor for gop speaker. the house is gathering for the election of the new speaker. this is the call of the house, the rollcall of members. we expect next, in about 15 minutes or so, the speaker will announce the establishment of a quorum, and proceedings will get underway.
look up to the speaker's box and you'll see congressman ryan's wife. also his three kids are there. his kids are liza, charlie, and sam. his mother, betty douglas. in addition, the former running mate of paul ryan, governor mitt romney and his wife anne will be in the speaker's box. live coverage of the election of the house speaker set underway shortly as the house gathers. the quorum is called. o'brien greeting members of the house floor. -- paul ryan greeting members on the house floor. bridget bowman of rollcall tweets that candice miller says she, kevin brady, and marcy kaptur will be teller for
on your screen is kevin brady of texas making his way through the chamber. he is one of the two congressmen mentored -- mentioned as a replacement for paul ryan on the ways and means committee. also pat barry of ohio a member of that committee. the house gaveling in, the rollcall well underway. "we are still waiting for about 45 members to check in for quorum call." the "p" next to the name means
present. you don't normally see this on c-span, because you see what we see -- the house cameras. they allowed us today to bring our own c-span cameras into the chambers. nomination for speakers and 15 minutes, the book begins at 10:00 a.m. eastern. 25 more minutes, could be sooner. live coverage here on c-span.
on this rollcall, 421 members have recorded their presence. a quorum is present. house will be in order. to requests that members clear the aisle, and cease all conversation. clacks] for what purpose does the distinguished speaker seek recognition? speaker boehner: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. >> without objection. [laughter] [applause]
speaker boehner: alright, alright. thank you. speaker, i rise today to inform you that i will resign as speaker of the house, effective upon the election of my successor. i will also resign as the revisited if from ohio's eighth district at the end of this month. -- as the revisited if of -- representative of ohio's eighth district. i leave no burdens. just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job. that is what i am most proud of. i am still just me. the same guy who came here 25 years ago, a small businessman. yearsent all these 25
trying to just be me. sometimes my staff thought i was sometimes too much like me. but it really is the thing i'm most proud of, the same regular guy that came here to do a good job my district and my country. express go, i want to what an honor it has been to serve for both of you. the people's house is, in my view, the great embodiment of the american dream. everybody here comes from somewhere, and everybody here is on some mission. i come from a part of the world where we are used to working. as far back as i can remember, i was working. my staff asked me the other day, on the first, you are not going to have a job, what was the last time you did not have a job? i thought about it and thought about it. i thought, i would have to be 8-9 years old because i was throwing newspapers and working
at my dad's bar. i used to work from 5:00 a.m. on saturday mornings on till 2:00 p.m. for two dollars. not to dollars in our, two dollars. -- an hour, two dollars. [laughter] i never thought about growing up as the easy way or the hard way, it was just the cincinnati way. our city takes its name from a great roman general, cincinnatus, the farmer who answered his call of the nation to lead. and surrendered his power to come back to his plow. for me, it was not a form, it was a small business. -- a farm, but a small business. it was not a calling some much as a mission, to strive for a less costly and more accountable federal government in washington. how did we do? here are some facts. the first time in nearly 20 years, we have made real entitlement reforms. saving trillions of dollars over the long term.
we have protected 99% of the american people from an increase in their taxes. we are on track to save taxpayers $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years, the most significant spending reductions in modern times. we have banned earmarks altogether. sorry. [laughter] we have protected this institution. we have made it more open to the people. and every day, in this capital city, there are hundreds of kids from the toughest neighborhoods who are finally getting the chance at a decent education. [applause] i'm proud of these things. but the mission is not complete. the truth is, it may never be. one thing i came to realize over
the years that i have been here, is that this battle over the size and scope and cost of our government in washington has been going on for more than 200 years. and the forces of the status quo have done an awful lot of trouble to prevent change from happening. real change takes time. yes, freedom makes all things possible, but patients is what makes all things real. so believe in the long, slow struggle. believe in this country's ability to meet our challenges and to lead the world. and remember, you can't do a big job alone, especially this one. i am grateful to my family, deb, and might two -- and my two girls. now they are a lot older. they have been through a lot. you all know what your families go through. it's one thing for us to take the bricks that gets thrown at
us, but it's another thing for our families. their skin is not as thick as ours. i'm also grateful to all of my colleagues, my fellow leaders. many on my side of the aisle -- people i have worked with for a long time. but i'm also grateful to mrs. pelosi, mr. clyburn, and others for all of the work that we have done together. of these last five years, we have done an awful lot of work together, probably more work done across the aisle over the last five years than in the 25 years i served in this institution. as much as i enjoyed working with all of you, some of you still could learn to dress better. [laughter] you know who you are. [laughter]
[applause] speaker boehner: and i saw one of the culprits, one of the usual suspects that shows up every once in a while without a morning, hes didn't look dressed very well, but he did have a tie on. [laughter] i'm grateful to the people who work in this institution every day. [applause] whether it is the reading clerk-- [applause] a lot of people, thousands of people, that allow us to do our jobs. and to help make this institution what it is. and whether it's the people you see here today or the people in the cao's office, or the capitol
police -- there are thousands of people that allow us to do our job. i am grateful to my staff. now, you all know that i am a big believer in staff. none of us can be what we are without good staff. i certainly would never have gotten this job without having built a great team. i really am grateful to my staff. as they like to say to each other, once your part of boehner-land, you are always ehner-land.ner- -- bo that goes to me as well. i'm grateful to my volunteers over the years. that is -- that includes a student in oxford, ohio in 1990. who put up campaign signs for me. his name was paul ryan. i do not think he would
pronounce my name in 19 yard he -- 1990. he understood there is a defense between being asked to do something and being called to do something. pau isl being called. i know he will serve with grace and energy. i want to wish him and his family all the best. [applause] speaker boehner: i have described my life and chase for the american dream. that chase began at the bottom out --hill, writes outside of cincinnati. the top of the hill is a small house with a big family. a shining city in its own right. turns, andd twists,
even a few tears. nothing wrong with that. [laughter] but let me tell you -- it was just perfect. i will never forget we are the luckiest people on the earth. in america, you can do anything that you are willing to work for, willing to work hard at. anything can happen if you're willing to make the necessary sacrifices in life. --you falter, and you will you can just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and do it again. because hope always brings a turn. if you just do the right things for the right reasons, good things will happen. and this, too, can really happen to you. god bless you, and god bless our great country. [applause]
[gavel clacks] speaker boehner: thankfully i had that gavel. pursuant to the speaker's announcement, the chair will receive nominations for the offer of weaker. -- office of speaker. we recognize this morris rogers. mrs morris rogers. today in ther, people's house, it gives me great honor to nominate the people's speaker. you don't need to look any further than the architecture of washington dc to see what our
fathers envisioned. not by mistake, the dome over the congress is the very center of the federal city. the white house and the supreme court are set about us. satellite to the supreme power of the people, expressed in this legislative body. in the house, we are eager for a fresh start that will make us more effective to fulfill our obligations to reflect the will of the people and to reestablish the balance of power. there is no better person to lead us in that calling then the man i'm about to nominate. he was first elected to the house at the ripe old age of 28, and has served for almost 17 years. we all member when he led the house budget committee, the visionary proposals, the lengthy debates, and who could forget those powerpoints? he is now the chairman of the house ways and means committee, but he's more than a german to us. he is more than a colleague.
-- he is more than eight chairman to us,. he is a leader. any has never forgotten his roots. he lives on the same block he grew up in in janesville, wisconsin. continue to put the people of this country first. i can say in all candor he did not seek this office, the office sought him. as chair of the house of the republican conference, i am a directed by a vote of that conference to present the office of speaker for the 114th congress, 0% of from the state of wisconsin, the man from a janesville, the honorable paul d. ryan. [applause]
speaker boehner: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california. >> thank you mr. speaker. i offer my congratulations to my friend, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. rayn, on his nomination by his colleagues. and at this time, as chairman of the democratic caucus of this house, i wish to place in a nomination the name of a proven leader for the office of speaker of the house of representatives. a leader who has accomplished in this chamber and for this country what few can match. a leader who has speaker of this house, secured passage of landmark economic recovery
package is legislation in 2009, which transformed a diving economy, losing 800,000 jobs each month to one which has now created more than 13 million jobs over the last 67 consecutive months of job gro wth. [applause] speaker,who has accomplished what 70 years of congress is could not --congresses could not, enactment of our health saving security law, which has put 18 million americans in control of their and their children's health care. [applause] a leader who has the foresight in 2008 to fight for the biggest investment in our troops since world war ii, with the passage
of the post 9/11 gi bill in the largest investment in our veterans, helping health care benefits 77 year history of the va. [applause] a leader who is not afraid to take on the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system and secure passage of the dream act in 2010. [applause] leadership is about making the tough choices and getting things done. it means knowing how to build the majority, not just with the members of your own political party, but with the 435 members of the house of are presented as so that we can get things done. -- house of representatives. this leader knows that and how to get things done, even while serving as the minority in this house. that is why less than 24 hours ago, this leader succeeded in
breaking through the gridlock in this house and secured the votes needed to avert a senseless government shutdown and a perilous default on the payment of america's bills. [applause] leader, 16 and a half million seniors will not suffer a $55 per month increase in their medicare premiums, and congress will not cut the social security benefits of 11 million disabled veterans by 20%. [applause] that hiser, leadership. and that is what americans expect from those they elect. that is why it is my privilege as chairman of the house democratic caucus, and as directed by the colleagues of the democratic caucus -- i nominate for election to the office of speaker of the house of resented it is, from the 12th
district of the great state of california, the honorable nancy patricia policy. -- patricia pelosi. [applause] speaker boehner: the names of the honorable paul d. ryan, representative from the state of wisconsin, and the honorable nancy pelosi from the state of california have been placed in nomination. are there further nominations? there will be no further nominations. the chair appoints the following. the gentleman from michigan, the gentleman from loving you, the gentlewoman from-- the gentlewoman from florida. the tellers will come forward
speaker boehner: the roll will now be taken. those responding to their name will indicate the surname of the nominee of their choosing. the clerk will now call roll. >> mr. abraham. >> ryan. >> ryan. >> adams. >> pelosi. >> aderholt. >> ryan. >> angular-- >> pelosi. >> allen. >> ryan. ryan. >> and a day-- ryan.
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