March 4, 2014
by Jeremy Loudenback
Best in Governance
Speaker of the House John Boehner
In February, the sweetest sound heard in Washington D.C. was a sigh of relief after Congress came to an unusually speedy agreement on the federal borrowing limit and averted a possible default. The surprising avoidance of expected partisan bickering was accomplished thanks to the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner, our choice for February’s Best in Governance award.
After several months of intense brinksmanship between Congressional Democrats and Republicans over the debt-limit ceiling, Boehner stood in front of a private gathering of Republicans colleagues on February 11 and announced that he would allow a debt-ceiling increase to proceed without further additions, thereby preventing a default more than two weeks ahead of the Treasury Department’s deadline. This decision brought surprise and anger from some members of Boehner’s party, but the bold decision had clear benefits for the future of cooperative governing and the country’s economy. (more…)