BASS APPLAUDS ELECTION OF NEW MAJORITY LEADER

From the Office of Congressman Charlie Bass

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Charles F. Bass (R-NH02) joined his House Republican colleagues in voting for a new Majority Leader.

"We have elected a new Majority Leader who will work to unite our party under an agenda of bold reform and success. During the election process, the goals of addressing the ethics problems in this House, reevaluating our budget process, and assuring the American people that we are committed to change became our shared priority." said Bass. "I am confident that John Boehner will successfully achieve these objectives."

Bass was an outspoken proponent of holding this election, working with Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to generate support for removing Tom DeLay (R-TX). The two circulated a petition among their House colleagues to call for his removal and then proposed an election focused on reform proposals. The pair later endorsed Representative John Shadegg (R-AZ) for Majority Leader. Today's leadership election was forced into a two man run-off on a second ballot between acting Majority Leader Congressman Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Congressman John Boehner (R-OH) because no candidate was able to secure the majority of votes needed. Bass strongly supported Boehner on this second ballot, which resulted in Boehner defeating Blunt by a vote of 122 to 109.

"At the beginning of this year, our party was struggling to find its course. Over the past few weeks, we have had a healthy debate about the operation of our government, the need to keep faith with the hopes and dreams of all Americans, and the future priorities for our Conference," said Bass. "I am confident that the election of John Boehner will unify the Congress and begin a renewed period of achievement."