G8 Presiding Officers to Meet in Washington, DC on Sept. 7-9

WASHINGTON, DC –  U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will host a meeting of the presiding officers from the G8 countries in Washington, DC on September 7-9, 2012.  Participants will exchange views on a range of shared economic, fiscal, and security challenges, including job creation, global debt, and the impact of changing demographics on public policy.

“This is a critical time, both for the American economy, and for the economies of our international partners and allies,” Boehner said.  “I’m honored to host these critical discussions at such an important moment for our economy, and the world.  Our goal is finding solutions that will help to bring jobs home and get our economy moving again, while supporting freedom and free markets throughout the world.”

Speaker Boehner will welcome the delegations Friday evening at a reception in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol.  Working sessions will take place on Capitol Hill.  The first meeting of the presiding officers of lower houses from the G8 countries was held in Canada in September 2002.  The United States last hosted the G8 Presiding Officers Meeting in September 2004.

The following delegations will participate in the G8 Presiding Officers Meeting:

United States
The Honorable John A. Boehner
Speaker, House of Representatives

Canada
The Honorable Andrew Scheer
Speaker, House of Commons

European Parliament
The Honorable Martin Schulz
President, European Parliament

France
The Honorable Claude Bartolone
President, National Assembly

Germany
The Honorable Dr. Norbert Lammert
President, Bundestag

Italy
The Honorable Dr. Antonio Leone
Prime Deputy Speaker, Chamber of Deputies

Japan
The Honorable Takahiro Yokomichi
Speaker, Diet

Russia
The Honorable Alexander Zhukov
First Deputy Chair, State Duma

United Kingdom
The Right Honorable John Bercow, MP
Speaker, House of Commons

NOTE: All working sessions are closed to the press.

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