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House speaker says world wants US to lead

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) - House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that allies of the United States want America to show strong leadership globally, and that he wants some of his congressional colleagues to stop shying away from immigration reform.

Boehner said other countries are looking for the United States to lead, and that the 150 troops now in Poland with contingents planned for three other European countries is a step in the right direction. The first 150 paratroopers' arrival Wednesday for joint exercises in Poland is considered a sign of President Barack Obama administration's commitment to security in Europe, with tensions growing over the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

"They're begging us to lead, and they want us to lead," Boehner told a Middletown Rotary Club luncheon. "And I have to say I was pleased with the news late yesterday that the president is in fact sending ... troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland."

Boehner said American leadership lets the world know "what the rules are," and U.S. allies want more of it.

"When America's not leading, when America's not strong, the bad guys know they can stick their heads up with impunity," Boehner said.

Boehner also expressed frustration Thursday with others in Congress he says are reluctant to tackle immigration reform to fix what he says is a broken system. Boehner mocked those he said lack an appetite for addressing needed changes.

"Here's the attitude: 'Oh, don't make me do this. Oh, this is too hard,'" an animated Boehner said in a whiny voice. He said some of his colleagues would rather take the path "of least resistance."

"We get elected to solve problems," Boehner added.

Boehner and other GOP leaders offered a set of immigration principles in January, but rank-and-file members balked at moving ahead. Boehner has blamed distrust of Obama for lack of movement on the legislation.

The issue is particularly touchy with midterm elections this year. Boehner has three Republican opponents in Ohio's May 6 primary for the 8th District he first won in 1990.

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silveriemoone April 25 2014 at 3:09 AM

"We get elected to solve problems," Boehner added."

And yet Boehner has done NOTHING.

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dbobmcch April 25 2014 at 10:05 AM

Yes...,maybe to lead to the near exit .

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Changa80 dbobmcch April 25 2014 at 10:18 AM


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SoquiliAsgaya dbobmcch April 25 2014 at 10:23 AM

Yes, wipe the US off the face of the globe.

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tml486 April 24 2014 at 10:24 PM

If Boehner's stand is ""WE GET ELECTED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS"" then perhaps ""HE"" as well as the other ""ELECTED" officials need to "solve" the problem of the ever increasing FEDERAL DEFICIT. That would be a good start of showing problem solving skills. Not added expenses we cannot for other countries we ''CANNOT'' afford. Just sick and tired of the ever increasing deficit (over 17 trillion dollars) and neither republicans nor democrats can sit down together and rationally determine what cuts should be made to get our deficit under control AND STICK TO IT without backtracking . Our interest payments alone are staggering.

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RNKRO April 24 2014 at 10:24 PM

Why don't they let the people of our country decide and not a house speaker?

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jasherrin RNKRO April 24 2014 at 10:33 PM

Thats what I am saying .The people dont want us over there. 3 americans killed in Afganistan and we give them billion s!My god this is insane !

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Larry April 24 2014 at 10:22 PM


You mean like one side courts big biz by supporting illegal aliens while the other side wants their eventual vote.

You're ALL slime - TERM LIMITS for all of you.

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marine8591 Larry April 24 2014 at 10:46 PM

You are right, Larry. Legislation is passed by these elected officials to limit the presidential term to limit his/her power but here they are being elected over and over again and gaining political power. And then they say we have a weak president. It would be nice if the public would start calling for term limits by electing people who believe that is fair. But we won't, we are too "busy" with trying to survive paycheck to paycheck.

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dd1820 April 24 2014 at 10:19 PM

HEY! Here is the thing "John" OUR damned COUNTRY is begging for leadership and you IDIOTS cant handle THAT! You think the REST of the world wants blind mice leading them.........................ALL of you poluticians and deluded FOOLS......................MORONS

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manfrommontana April 24 2014 at 10:15 PM

World hell! The US citizens have been begging you to lead for how many years now?

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fredmwa April 24 2014 at 10:14 PM

We need to back out when it is none of our business! I don't want my grandson sent to the Ukraine!

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bob April 24 2014 at 10:13 PM

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twiggymonsterone bob April 24 2014 at 10:19 PM

The last war cost me 8 Trillion, think we can another loan from China.

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damsel16 April 24 2014 at 10:09 PM

Lead? No, they want US taxpayers to pay for any action while they sit back and watch. Let the Europeans lead on this one. We've had enough war.

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