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

(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.

Speaker of the House John Boehner takes questions on immigration, student loans, and GOP-led efforts to stop ObamaCare, Thursday, July 18, 2013.
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)
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