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Newly-elected House GOP leader once ridiculed bike commute tax break

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Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) has been re-elected as the House GOP leader.

This is the same John Boehner who ridiculed Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s bike commuter tax when it was included as part of an Energy Bill back in December of 2007.

After suggesting that Blumenauer recuse himself from voting on the bill (because he rides to work), Boehner said, “This is not going to solve America’s energy problem.”

Here’s the audio (recorded from statements he made on the House floor on 12/05/07):
[audio:boehnerEnergyBill.mp3]