WASHINGTON – While thanking credit unions for what they do for their communities, Speaker of the House John Boehner urged those attending CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference to play another important role.

In a brief address that largely echoed the Republican Party line, Boehner emphasized that the U.S. is on the verge of an American renaissance driven largely by greater domestic energy production – but there are critical steps Washington and Americans need to take to ensure the rebirth occurs, the Speaker said.

“We are moving quickly toward energy independence,” said Boehner. “We are producing much more oil and gas than what we have produced in long time. There is more oil and gas out there than anyone ever guessed. That will give U.S. manufacturers a competitive edge in the global marketplace.”

To achieve the renaissance, Boehner said the country will have to fix a broken tax code and its growing debt problem, and make certain America’s youth receive the education they need to succeed.


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