In accepting a second term as Speaker of the House, John Boehner says the debt is holding back economic growth and imperiling the American Dream.
"The American Dream is in peril so long as its namesake is weighed down by this anchor of debt. Break its hold, and we begin to set our economy free. Jobs will come home. Confidence will come back," Boehner said. "We do this not just to boost GDP or reduce unemployment, but to secure for our children a future of freedom and opportunity. Nothing is more important."
Of the 234 members of Boehners caucus, 220 voted for him. Several conservative members who were unhappy because Boehner failed to hold a hard line in the fiscal cliff talks either voted for other candidates or didnt vote at all.
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