March 2nd, 2010
04:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Top House Republican says Bunning's got 'a legitimate argument'

Bunning 'has a right as a senator to express his will and he has,' House Minority Leader Boehner said Tuesday.
Bunning 'has a right as a senator to express his will and he has,' House Minority Leader Boehner said Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the House is defending Kentucky GOP Senator Jim Bunning's decision to hold up legislation that includes an extension of jobless benefits until an agreement can be reached on how to pay for the $10 billion bill.

"I think Senator Bunning has - he's got a legitimate argument that he's making," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said. "You know, the Democrats just passed this pay-go legislation and not – not even a week after the President signed it into law they want to exempt the first bill that comes across the Senate floor from the – from the regulations. And so it's - and he has a right as a senator to express his will and he has."

Bunning, who is retiring at the end of this year, said he doesn't oppose extending the jobless benefits program; he just doesn't want to add to the deficit. Democrats argue that, because the legislation is an emergency measure, the bill should not be subject to new rules requiring that legislation not expand the deficit.

Boehner initially dodged a question on Bunning, telling reporters that he has an understanding with his counterpart in the upper chamber, the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.

"I have an agreement with Senator McConnell. I don't deal with the Senate, and he doesn't deal with the House," he said.

Boehner did not answer questions about why House Republicans agreed unanimously last Thursday to the 30-day extension of the jobless benefits.


Filed under: Jim Bunning • John Boehner
soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Go back to the tanning salon John.

    March 2, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    ya you lie right along side the dip stick old man old as in old ideas and stuped corporate controled pupet just like you Bohner . you lck the feet of CEO'S time for change from the lies of the republican party of NO :)

    March 2, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. David

    Total Idiot!

    March 2, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  4. Mike in MN

    Several things are very obvious.
    Democrats are not going to follow pay as you go rules on new spending.
    Obama continues to role out more government spending for everything. Today it's rebates to help people make their homes more energy efficient. Will this be paid for? I doubt it.
    Tomorrow or the next day Obama is sure to role out another new spending bill. And then another and another and another.
    We are broke. Enough already. Obama is the most irresponsible President the USA has ever had.

    March 2, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  5. The Boss-Obama

    Following the bosses' orders,Bunning is to be commended.At least someone in Washington cares.He needs to balance the budget,he knows to spend what is brought in and NO more.

    March 2, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. double standard

    You sir,are a bonehead !!

    March 2, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Callous fools. And there are really Americans who will vote Republican in 2010. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    March 2, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Say what????

    Yeh Boehner,

    giving tax break to top 1% is much more a legitimate argument. You guys are for a ugly awakening coming November. Middle class will not forget who stood with them. You sir are a joke. And CNN stop moderating the comments. Let America speak...

    March 2, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  9. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Of course Bunning has a legitimate argument! That's why the Dems are screaming so loudly–they think that if they make enough noise, enough distraction, Americans won't notice their hypocrisy and determination to go on wasting huge, dripping, gobs of money we don't have.

    March 2, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. VAVoter

    It may be a legitimate argument, but Bunning should NOT be the one making it, since he obviously did not find it necessary to make the argument when his own (Republicans) were the ones "going without paying". ...the point is, his credibility is in question here.

    March 2, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  11. Phillipa

    The majority of Americans think Bunning is a mean-spirited loon for his callous obstructionism.

    I guess that means that Boehner's one, too.

    March 2, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. JustMe

    If he's got a legitimate argument, John, then why did you vote for the bill??

    The GOP constantly says one thing and does another ... what hypocrites!

    March 2, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. Bob (Illinois)

    Boehner, you are such a jerk. I'll give good odds you will NOT get elected again.

    March 2, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Elliott Carlin

    If he has a legit argument, why was he the only one standing up?

    Too many RINOS going along w/the Dims

    March 2, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  15. american patriot

    Is it me or is this BONER guy looking like a Mobster.

    He has the dumbest FAKE TAN, the guy is ORANGE

    He is always hanging with the Turtle McConnell and the other little dark haired suck up guy Canter.

    The Three Amigos are some pretty sleazy looking dudes.
    I bet they are completly corrupt

    March 2, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  16. AndyBlue

    Of course the rest of the repubs got together and decided bunning would do it since he is retiring.

    Just more obstruction from the party of filth, greed, torture, christian extremism,wars, racism and lies.

    Only the idiots are still fooled by these disgusting people.

    Funny how they swarm to CNN to comment when they only watch Fox news.

    I heard there is a large group of teabaggers (fox news loons) that are hired to fill websites all over the internet with their garbage. That would explain alot wouldnt it?

    Disgusting people.

    March 2, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. CBH

    Some ole crap from the GOP. It is a little too late to be conservative Rep. Boehner. Your party had the many chances to be conservative, but instead of doing so, your party spent us into the current mess we are in today. GOP =Conservative. Give me a break.

    March 2, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Mike in MN

    Obama and the Democrats won't follow their own pay as you go rules and won't stop the out of control spending. So Republicans have to stand up for the tax payers and obstruct.
    If Democrats were not spending us into oblivion, Republicans woud not have to obstruct. It is nothing less than self defense of the economic future of our nation. So by all means Republicans, obstruct all you can until the Democrats start to play by their own rules.

    March 2, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Rick

    Republicans started this mess with Bush and the missing WMD's in Iraq.

    March 2, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. AP in Illinois

    Democrats have a legitimate argument in that Republicans are obstructionists and not interested in what's best for this country.

    March 2, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  21. Wrong again Boehner

    As a senator he has not right to express HIS will. He represents the will of the PEOPLE! One letter from some random guy named Robert is not representative of his constituents.

    March 2, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  22. Jack Posner

    "I think Senator Bunning has – he's got a legitimate argument that he's making," House Minority Leader John Boehner.

    Oh yeah, Mr. concerned for the unemployed, uninsured masses in America. Empathy is his middle name. No golf with corporate executives for old "Boener". No tanning while on the public dole called congress. You won't catch this paragon of conservative values depending on his retirement from "public service", nope he will renounce it to cut the deficit and pay his own way. No lobbying or selling the citizenry out for his own advancement. No corporate flunky here.

    March 2, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  23. How To Bankrupt America- Put A Dem On It

    You go Bunning,finally someone that cares-follow the boss Obama's orders and pay-as go.About time the spending like a drunk sailor stops.Doing your job.

    March 2, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Dude's been drinking the Orange Clean, hasn't he? Nobody buys it Boehner. We know that because Bunning is not running for re-election, he is the one with expendable popularity to take the fall for you all, while you all pretend to be Captain Cleanhands.

    Of course, the whole thing might acquire some credibility if a GOPer who IS running for re-election is willing to join Bunning in his little dance of delay? HMMMMMM?

    *crickets*

    Just what I thought.

    March 2, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Rep. Boehner, Sen. Bunning and the rest of the Republicans had no problem voting to run the debt from $5-trillion to over $10-trillion. They had no problem voting to bail out their Wall Street buddies. They had no problem with giving tax breaks to mega-millionaire individuals and businesses. Now they worry about how to pay for an additional $10-billion?
    Give me a break!!!

    March 2, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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