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From 2001 to 2008, Current House GOP Leaders Backed the Failed Bush Agenda At Least 90 Percent of the Time

Congressional Republicans, led by House Republican Leader John Boehner, are promising to take America back to the exact same failed Bush policies that created the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and nearly doubled the national debt. 

It is not too surprising - the current House GOP leadership strongly backed the failed policies of President Bush throughout his eight years in office. 

In their disingenuous efforts to distance themselves from the Bush record, current GOP leaders fail to mention they were congressional leaders in many of the Bush years, promoting his agenda.  In 2006, current Leader Boehner was House Majority Leader; and in 2007 and 2008, he was House Minority Leader.  Similarly, in 2006, current Minority Whip Eric Cantor was Chief Deputy Majority Whip; and in 2007 and 2008, he was House Minority Whip.

Below are the records of four top House GOP leaders in supporting President Bush's failed policies.

House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio

Voting Record on Supporting President Bush's Positions on Bills

2001 - 98%
2002 - 92%
2003 - 100%
2004 - 100%
2005 - 91%
2006 - 100%
2007 - 93%
2008 - 85%
Average - 95%


House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia

Voting Record on Supporting President Bush's Positions

2001 - 95%
2002 - 90%
2003 - 100%
2004 - 97%
2005 - 89%
2006 - 95%
2007 - 89%
2008 - 79%
Average - 92%

House GOP Conference Chair Mike Pence of Indiana

Voting Record on Supporting President Bush's Positions on Bills

2001 - 91%
2002 - 84%
2003 - 94%
2004 - 94%
2005 - 91%
2006 - 90%
2007 - 92%
2008 - 88%
Average - 91%


National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions of Texas

Voting Record on Supporting President Bush's Positions on Bills

2001 - 91%
2002 - 87%
2003 - 98%
2004 - 94%
2005 - 90%
2006 - 100%
2007 - 91%
2008 - 85%
Average - 92%

Source:  Congressional Quarterly Almanacs.  CQ measures “presidential support” as the percentage of recorded votes in a particular year on which the President took a position and on which the Member voted “yea” or “nay.”