John Boehner 61st House Speaker

“The American people have humbled us,” Mr. Boehner said. “They have refreshed our memories as to just how temporary the privilege to serve is. They have reminded us that everything is on loan from them. That includes this gavel.”

Rep. John Boehner R., Ohio, within hours of becoming the nation’s 61st House speaker and swearing in the new Republican-controlled House, pushed through new rules designed to make it more difficult to raise taxes, increase spending and lift the federal debt ceiling. Bills must now be posted 72 hours before debating on the house floor a result of tea party complaints that bills in the past were drafted in too much secrecy. This being the direct result of the health-care legislation.