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Standing alongside Rio de Janeiro State Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today praised Brazil's aggressive efforts to spur economic revitalization, social re-integration, and job creation in its favela communities, long dominated by violent crime and joblessness. Boehner is the first US House speaker in modern history -- and possibly the first speaker ever -- to visit one of Rio's favelas, symbolizing the progress being made toward bringing economic vitality to the communities ( Speaker Boehner is leading a congressional delegation that is holding economic discussions with leaders of some of America's most vital trading partners -- nations that collectively import billions of dollars annually in products made by American workers (