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    by Senator Nancy Pelosi

    Posted on 2015-01-06

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    PELOSI--164 Adams Aguilar Ashford Bass Beatty Becerra Bera Beyer Bishop (GA) Blumenauer Bonamici Boyle (PA) Brady (PA) Brown (FL) Brownley (CA) Bustos Butterfield Capps Capuano Cardenas Carney Carson (IN) Cartwright Castor (FL) Castro (TX) Chu (CA) Clark (MA) Clay Cleaver Clyburn Cohen Connolly Conyers Courtney Cuellar Cummings Davis (CA) Davis, Danny DeFazio DeGette Delaney DeLauro DelBene DeSaulnier Deutch Dingell Doggett Doyle (PA) Edwards Ellison Eshoo Esty Farr Fattah Foster Frankel (FL) Fudge Gabbard Gallego Garamendi Grayson Green, Al Green, Gene Grijalva Gutierrez Hahn Hastings Heck (WA) Himes Hinojosa Honda Hoyer Huffman Israel Jackson Lee Jeffries Johnson (GA) Johnson, E. B.



    Kaptur Keating Kelly (IL) Kennedy Kildee Kilmer Kind Kirkpatrick Kuster Langevin Larsen (WA) Larson (CT) Lawrence Lee Levin Lewis Lieu (CA) Loebsack Lofgren Lowenthal Lujan Grisham (NM) Lujan, Ben Ray (NM) Lynch Matsui McCollum McDermott McGovern McNerney Moore Moulton Murphy (FL) Napolitano Neal Norcross O'Rourke Pallone Pascrell Payne Pelosi Perlmutter Peters Peterson Pingree Pocan Polis Quigley Rice (NY) Richmond Roybal-Allard Ruiz Ruppersberger Rush Ryan (OH) Sanchez, Linda T.

    Sanchez, Loretta Sarbanes Schakowsky Schiff Schrader Scott (VA) Scott, David Serrano Sewell (AL) Sherman Sires Slaughter Smith (WA) Speier Swalwell (CA) Takai Takano Thompson (CA) Thompson (MS) Titus Torres Tsongas Van Hollen Vargas Veasey Vela Visclosky Walz Wasserman Schultz Watson Coleman Wilson (FL) Yarmuth WEBSTER (FL)--12 Blum Garrett Gosar Huelskamp Jones King (IA) Meadows Nugent Posey Rigell Stutzman Webster (FL) GOHMERT--3 Bridenstine Gohmert Weber (TX) YOHO--2 Massie Yoho JORDAN--2 =========================== NOTE =========================== January 6, 2015, on page H4, the following appeared: YOHO--2 Massie Yoho JORDON--2 Amash DesJarlais The online version should be corrected to read: YOHO--2 Massie Yoho JORDAN--2 Amash DesJarlais ========================= END NOTE ========================= Amash DesJarlais DUNCAN (SC)--1 Brat HON. RAND PAUL--1 Clawson (FL) COLIN POWELL--1 Cooper GOWDY--1 Duncan (SC) MCCARTHY--1 Gibson COOPER--1 Graham DEFAZIO--1 Lipinski HON. JEFF SESSIONS--1 Palmer LEWIS--1 Sinema PRESENT--1 Babin NOT VOTING--25 Boehner Carter (TX) Cicilline Clarke (NY) Costa Crowley Duckworth Engel Gowdy Higgins Lowey Maloney, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Meeks Meng Nadler Nolan Nunnelee Price (NC) Rangel Tonko Velazquez Waters, Maxine Welch Young (AK) =========================== NOTE =========================== January 6, 2015, on page H4, the following appeared: NOT VOTING--25 Carter (TX) Cicilline Clarke (NY) Costa Crowley Duckworth Engel Gowdy Higgins Lowey Maloney, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Meeks Meng Nadler Nolan Nunnelee Price (NC) Rangel Tonko VelaAE1zquez Waters, Maxine Welch Young (AK) The online version should be corrected to read: NOT VOTING--25 Boehner Carter (TX) Cicilline Clarke (NY) Costa Crowley Duckworth Engel Gowdy Higgins Lowey Maloney, Carolyn Maloney, Sean Meeks Meng Nadler Nolan Nunnelee Price (NC) Rangel Tonko VelaAE1zquez Waters, Maxine Welch Young (AK) ========================= END NOTE ========================= {time} 1402 The CLERK. The tellers agree in their tallies that the total number of votes cast is 408, of which the Honorable John A. Boehner of the State of Ohio has received 216, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi of the State of California has received 164, the Honorable Daniel Webster of the State of Florida has received 12, the Honorable Louie Gohmert of the State of Texas has received 3, the Honorable Ted S. Yoho of the State of Florida has received 2, the Honorable Jim Jordan of the State of Ohio has received 2, the Honorable Jim Cooper of the State of Tennessee has received 1, the Honorable Peter A. DeFazio of the State of Oregon has received 1, the Honorable Jeff Duncan of the State of South Carolina has received 1, the Honorable Trey Gowdy of the State of South Carolina has received 1, the Honorable John Lewis of the State of Georgia has received 1, the Honorable Kevin McCarthy of the State of California has received 1, the Honorable Rand Paul of the Commonwealth of Kentucky has received 1, the Honorable Jeff Sessions of the State of Alabama has received 1, and the Honorable Colin Powell has received 1, with 1 recorded as ``present.'' Therefore, the Honorable John A. Boehner of the State of Ohio, having received a majority of the votes cast, is duly elected Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 114th Congress.

    The Clerk appoints the following committee to escort the Speaker- elect to the chair: The gentleman from California (Mr. McCarthy) The gentlewoman from California (Ms. Pelosi) The gentleman from Louisiana (Mr. Scalise) The gentleman from Maryland (Mr. Hoyer) The gentlewoman from Washington (Mrs. McMorris Rodgers) The gentleman from South Carolina (Mr. Clyburn) The gentleman from Oregon (Mr. Walden) The gentleman from California (Mr. Becerra) The gentleman from Indiana (Mr. Messer) The gentleman from New York (Mr. Israel) The gentlewoman from Kansas (Ms. Jenkins) The gentlewoman from Connecticut (Ms. DeLauro) The gentlewoman from North Carolina (Ms. Foxx) The gentlewoman from Maryland (Ms. Edwards) The gentlewoman from California (Mrs. Mimi Walters) The gentleman from Maryland (Mr. Van Hollen) The gentleman from Texas (Mr. Sessions) The gentleman from New Mexico (Mr. Ben Ray Lujan) The gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. McHenry) The gentlewoman from North Carolina (Ms. Adams) And the Members of the Ohio delegation: Ms. Kaptur Mr. Chabot Mr. Tiberi Mr. Ryan Mr. Turner Mr. Jordan Mr. Latta Ms. Fudge Mr. Gibbs Mr. Johnson Mr. Renacci Mr. Stivers Mrs. Beatty Mr. Joyce, and Mr. Wenstrup The committee will retire from the Chamber to escort the Speaker- elect to the chair.

    The Sergeant at Arms announced the Speaker-elect of the House of Representatives of the 114th Congress, who was escorted to the chair by the Committee of Escort.

    Ms. PELOSI. My colleagues of the United States House of Representatives, it is a high honor to welcome you and your families to the 114th Congress.

    To our newest Members, this is a special pleasure to give you an exceptional welcome and congratulations. Welcome to our newest Members.

    As was indicated by the vote, many of our colleagues from the State of New York are not with us because they are attending the funeral of Governor [[Page H5]] Mario Cuomo. I extend condolences to our colleagues from the State of New York and have extended the sympathies of many in this body to Governor Cuomo's widow, Matilda, and to his family. As an Italian American, I am especially proud of his leadership and extend sympathies to his family. Thank you, Cuomo family. Thank you, New York delegation.

    None of us would be standing here without the support and the strength of our families. Today, I am going to thank my dear husband of 51 years, Paul Pelosi, and my five children and nine grandchildren, all the Pelosis and D'Alesandros. Let all of us applaud all of our families.

    To my Democratic colleagues and to my constituents in San Francisco, I thank you for the privilege of serving in the House, but to my colleagues, I thank you for the honor of serving as leader, but all of us should applaud all of our constituents for sending us here. So let us, again, applaud our constituents.

    Each one of us, Mr. Speaker, as you know, represents Republicans, represents Democrats, Independents, and others, and we should always pay tribute to the American people. The American people have called upon each of us to serve them. They have entrusted us with their hopes, their dreams, and they have asked us to address their challenges.

    The financial stability of a strong middle class and those who aspire to it is the bedrock of our economy and the backbone of our American democracy. We have a moral imperative to ensure that working men and women enjoy the bounty of their unprecedented productivity and to expand the purchasing power of families.

    To that end, today, Democrats will put forward a legislative package to put Americans back to work building our roads and bridges and meeting the needs of the American people, paid for by bringing our tax dollars back home and to increase the paycheck of America's working families.

    We invite our Republican colleagues to join us in supporting the Stop Corporate Expatriation and Invest in America's Infrastructure Act. It is time to stop rewarding companies to move overseas and instead use those dollars to create good-paying jobs here at home.

    We ask for Republican support and action on the CEO-Employee Pay Fairness Act, legislation to ensure that workers share in the fruit of their productivity, denying CEOs the ability to claim tax deductions on annual income over $1 million unless they give their employees a well- deserved raise.

    We must have an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few, and we hope Republicans will join us to achieve a better infrastructure and bigger paychecks for the working people of our country--better infrastructure, bigger paychecks.

    We open this 114th Congress in the year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in our history. President Lyndon Johnson and Congress passed it. The President signed it. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and others, along with our own John Lewis, fought for it and inspired it. We must continue to inspire the engagement of every American. It is the vote that preserves our democracy, ends injustice, advances dreams, and sustains our freedom.

    In terms of protecting our freedom, let us recognize, salute, and thank all of those brave Americans who protect our rights--indeed, protect all of our liberty--our men and women in uniform, our veterans, and our military families.

    Mr. Speaker, today, we are at the start of a new year and a new Congress, with fresh opportunity for the American people. Today is the Feast of the Epiphany, the visit of the magi; so let us have our own epiphany, for this moment, on this day, we are not just Republicans and Democrats, we are Americans not just in name, but in spirit, standing on higher ground than the last election.

    My hope is that in the inevitable exchanges and clashes that may happen in the months ahead, we will not lose sight of the truth that is as fresh as this ceremony is today and as historic as our Republic that the ideals that unite us are stronger than the issues that divide us in this House.

    That does not mean that we are dispensing with all disagreements in this debate. Our democracy is robust precisely because we have beliefs and we stand proudly, even persistently, for them; and our democracy endures and prevails because in the end, we are humble enough to find a way forward together.

    My fellow colleagues of the 114th Congress, let us uphold our deep and different convictions, but let us honor our common obligation to our country. In this Congress, we will do so under the leadership of Speaker John Boehner.

    {time} 1415 This House will continue to be led by a proud son of Ohio and a happy fan of the Ohio State football team. A man of abiding faith, great heart, and deep dedication, John Boehner is truly a gentleman from Ohio.

    Congratulations to you, John, to Mr. Speaker, to Debbie, to your daughters, Lindsay and Tricia, and the entire Boehner family. Thank you for sharing John Boehner with us. God bless you and your family, Mr. Speaker.

    May God continue to bless the Members of the House of Representatives. This is the people's House. This is the people's gavel. In the people's name, it is my privilege to hand it to the Speaker of the House for the 114th Congress, the Honorable John Boehner.

    God bless you, Mr. Speaker, and God bless America.

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