Boehner previously served as the House Minority Leader from 2007 until 2011, and House Majority Leader from 2006 until 2007.
As Speaker of the House, Boehner follows the Vice President in line to the presidency of the United States in accordance with the Presidential Succession Act.
On October 3, 2008 Boehner voted in favor of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), believing that the enumerated powers granted Congress the authority to “purchase assets and equity from financial institutions in order to strengthen its financial sector”.
Boehner has been highly critical of several initiatives by the Democratic Congress and President Barack Obama, including the “cap and trade” plan that Boehner says would hurt job growth in his congressional district and elsewhere.
He opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and said that, if Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, they would do whatever it takes to stop the act. One option would be to defund the administrative aspect of the Act, not paying “one dime” to pay the salaries of the workers who would administer the plan.