Election of Speakerby Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Posted on 2013-01-03
McMORRIS RODGERS. Madam Clerk, the 113th Congress gives us a
chance to try once again to make a better America than the one we
inherited from our parents--and from the 112 Congresses that came
before us. That is the hope of every Member here, on both sides of the
aisle: to restore this land of freedom and opportunity for our families
and our children.
Our task is not an easy one. There are deep divisions, but there's one person I have turned to time and again to help point the way forward. He is one of 12 children born into a working-class family in Ohio, a man who waited tables, mopped floors, tended bar, and [[Page H3]] worked his way to a college degree at night school, a small businessman, and a proud family man.
Serving 22 years in Congress, he's been a committee chairman, conference chair, and Speaker. But he is, as he likes to say, just ``a regular guy with a big job.'' He deeply respects this institution, the House of Representatives, and 2 years ago he strengthened committees, made operations transparent, and ended earmarks.
Today, our families need tax reform, immigration reform, and reforms to protect Social Security and Medicare. What does he advise? Don't kick the can down the road. This is our moment to set the country on a solid course and, most importantly, to do what is good and right for America. That is solid advice from a great man.
So it is with great optimism and hope for the great work that we can accomplish together that, as chair of the Republican Conference--on a unanimous vote of the conference--I present for election to the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 113th Congress the name of the Honorable John A. Boehner.
The CLERK. The Clerk now recognizes the gentleman from California (Mr. Becerra).