Boehner: 'Judge Us by the Laws We Repeal'
House speaker addresses Congress' perceived lack of productivity
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2013 6:23 AM CDT
Speaker of the House John Boehner takes questions on immigration, student loans, and GOP-led efforts to stop ObamaCare, Thursday, July 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – For those judging the House for its failure to pass new laws and its dogged determination to repeal existing ones (hello, ObamaCare!), John Boehner would like you to do, well, pretty much just that. In comments on Face the Nation this morning, the House speaker says Congress "ought to be judged on how many laws we repeal" and not "by how many new laws we create." His contention, as per the AP, is that the US already has "more laws than the administration could ever enforce."

And while he acknowledges that House Republicans' ideological battles aren't always going to win popularity contests, Boehner says it's important to stick to their principles, though, sure, "sometimes the American people don't like this mess." Elsewhere, Politico notes that Boehner was quietly telling Beltway insiders last week that he has no intention of retiring and intends to run again for speaker.

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jfarley
Jul 25, 2013 10:20 PM CDT
either way yor fired for not doing your job
Smitty6398
Jul 22, 2013 6:45 AM CDT
The ENTIRE House of Representatives is up for re-election in 2014. Put your own version of Term Limits into action and vote ALL incumbents out of office. If you don't like the way they are (or are not) doing their job as public representatives, then FIRE THEM !! NU2014HR
OCMike
Jul 21, 2013 10:20 PM CDT
Once in awhile John Bonehead makes a valid point, and this is one of those moments. Calling this congress less productive for failing to pass as many laws as previous congresses is like calling a gardener unproductive for failing to grow weeds. Do we really want Congress to be regulating more of our lives? The Congress that governs less governs better.