Boehner pledges change, Iott does not pledge supportWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
House GOP leader John Boehner assured Ohioans that Republicans will lead Congress in a much different way than the last time around if he becomes speaker.
He pledged that they’ll look at every item on the federal budget and won’t pay for programs that the government can’t afford.
“We’ve got big expenses that we don’t have the money to pay for,” he said.
Boehner, in line to become the next speaker if Republicans gain 40 seats in the House, spoke briefly at a GOP fundraiser in rural northwest Ohio.
He also wants to change the mechanics of how Congress operates.
Too often, he said, bills with hundreds of pages are introduced with little time for lawmakers to digest what’s inside, allowing pet projects to slip in unnoticed. “We’ve got to fix the Congress,” he said.
“It’s going to real different,” he said.
Wearing an Ohio State pullover, he was confident and at ease despite facing a hectic weekend of campaigning. He delivered a few one-liners and talked mainly about fiscal responsibility.
“Your government has not been listening to you,” he said to cheers. “Your government is out of control.”
He predicted Republicans will have a big night next Tuesday.
Boehner has been campaigning for dozens of GOP candidates nationwide and traveled throughout Ohio on Saturday to be with several Republicans who are trying to knock off incumbent House Democrats.
The GOP is confident it will gain at least two seats in Ohio and is targeting six districts where Democrats are vulnerable.
Boehner visited Lucas County, where he expressed his support for 9th District congressional candidate Rich Iott. Despite Boehner’s support of Iott, Roll Call reported that Iott has not confirmed he will support Boehner as possible leader of the House.
“I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see,” Iott told Roll Call when asked if Boehner would have his support for the top House job if Republicans successfully win the majority in the House.
Iott did not state who he would support.
Associated Press contributed to this report.