Speaker John Boehner Addresses NRB 2011
February 28, 2011 at 5:30 AM (PT)
House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH) addressed media leadership at NRB 2011 in NASHVILLE on SUNDAY (2/27) evening. In his first speech outside WASHINGTON, D.C. as Speaker, his remarks focused on the economic and moral implications of WASHINGTON's spending binge and efforts to create an environment for job creation.
“Now surpassing $14.1 trillion, our national debt is on track to eclipse the size of our entire economy this year. In other words, we’re broke. Broke, going on bankrupt. Just as a bankrupt business has trouble creating jobs, so does a bankrupt country," BOEHNER said. "Yes, this debt is a mortal threat to our country. It is also a moral threat. It is immoral to bind our children to as leeching and destructive a force as debt. It is immoral to rob our children’s future and make them beholden to CHINA. No society is worthy that treats its children so shabbily."
The Speaker dedicated a small portion in the opening of his address on the issue of net neutrality: “Our new majority in the HOUSE is committed to using every tool at our disposal to fight a government takeover of the Internet…. Congressman GREG WALDEN of OREGON, a former broadcaster himself, has introduced a congressional resolution of disapproval to reverse the FCC’s net neutrality rules. I’m pleased to report the HOUSE will act on this measure as early as next month.”
BOEHNER also noted that the new majority is committed to seeing that the Fairness Doctrine not be reinstated and that he expects the HOUSE to act on legislation from WALDEN (R-OR) and Congressman MIKE PENCE (R-IN) to "keep the airwaves free."