Boehner Calls GOP Reforms ‘Childish’:


Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), running for the GOP Majority Leader post, called a GOP backed proposal to ban members from taking lobbyist-paid travel ‘childish’. Boehner also stated, “A ban on travel … I just don’t agree with it.  We shouldn’t treat members [of Congress] like children.” Boehner later apologized for his remarks, but did not cease to disagree on certain aspects of reform proposals. The Los Angeles Times article also notes that Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), a supporter of Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ), stated his belief that Roy Blunt (R-MO) won the votes of Texas Republicans for his Majority Leader bid with a promise to give jurisdiction of a telecommunications to bill to Joe Barton’s (R-TX) House Energy and Commerce Committee.