While some media pundits would like you to believe otherwise, the Republican-led House of Representatives has been busy all year long, focused on policies that will help create jobs for American workers and their families. While more than 350 House-passed bills continue to stack up on Senator Reid’s desk, that has not deterred the House from its work on behalf of the American people. In July alone, Speaker Boehner sent more than half a dozen bills to the President’s desk for passage into law, and he also took time to honor some of America’s finest. In fact, we have the photos to prove it.
1. Bipartisan Action
This is what working together looks like. Leaders of both parties in the House came together to sign H.R. 803, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which will help America’s workers get the skills they need to take on good-paying jobs.
2. Accountability at the VA
“Making sure veterans have timely access to care is one of the first things we must do to address the crisis at the VA,” said Speaker Boehner before signing H.R. 3230, the Veteran’s Access to Care through Choice Accountability, Transportation Act.
3. America’s Finest
Speaking of men and women in uniform, Speaker Boehner invited Lt. Col. O’Brien and his family up to the balcony of the U.S. Capitol following O’Brien’s recent promotion ceremony.
4. 100,000 Lives Saved
Not all heroes wear uniforms. Such was the case with Raoul Wallenberg, whose courageous acts saved the lives of nearly 100,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. Here, Speaker Boehner presented the Congressional Gold Medal to Ms. Nina Lagergren, Wallenberg’s half-sister.
5. In Defense of the Capitol
Speaker Boehner also took a personal moment to pause and honor the memory of Officer Jacob Chestnut and Detective John Gibson, who lost their lives against an armed gunman in defense of the U.S. Capitol 16 years ago.
6. Passing the Pen
Following the signing of H.R. 697, the Three Kids Mine Remediate and Reclamation Act, Speaker Boehner passed his pen to Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), the sponsor of the legislation.
7. Visiting with the Speaker
The Speaker has lots of important meetings every month, some with members of Congress, some with foreign dignitaries, and some…well, some of them are just more adorable than others. Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-CA) three daughters fit squarely into that latter category.
BONUS: It was President George W. Bush’s birthday last month, so we posted this throwback from his days in the Oval Office.