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.


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soundoff (155 Responses)
  1. B

    Boehner should have been voted out with Bunning as well, along time ago!
    These hard core idiots are keeping this country from moving ahead and getting legislation done in the name of Partisan Politics.

    March 2, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    It looks like Boner needs to go to a different toupee maker; that thing looks like a pancake!

    March 2, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. The Democratic Morons Are Crying Again

    Whats up Morons- A man thats does not spend tax payers money without having the funds-hey something you spend thifts do not know.Hey you Dem morons and your 1st LOVE the welfare Queens stick it where the sun does not shine.I am sick of paying your entitlement wasteful spending in the name of socialism.Do without,work for a living or do without,I do not owe you a living.

    March 2, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Alan

    Here is another sorry individual who's salary we could start a garnishment on today!. He voted to take off certain provisions in the fall of 2006 which put this country and the world economy into a tailspin. Let's seize his car and bank accounts and turn the money over to those who actually 'work' to help this country grow.

    March 2, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Another Reformed Republican

    An idiotic comment from a republican moron! The orange tan and the ill fitting rug make him look as ridiculous as he sounds.

    March 2, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. Socialism The End Of America As We Know

    Bunning deserves a medal,finally someone spends tax money as a working family.Spend only what you have.You liberals just do not understand that,you want to take care of all the non workers and welfare queens.Maybe you could just pay for these parasites with your money and not the tax payer's.

    March 2, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Bob

    This guy is just as phony and his painted on tan. Republicans will vote yes on unfunded war and tax cuts that help there wealthy friends but when it comes to Americans it no no no . What a bunch of great people. The bought and paid for party showing there true colors.

    March 2, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  8. SallyS

    Hey, Boehner. We could easily pay for this just by cutting all the pork out of our military budget, but unfortunately that will never happen.

    March 2, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  9. Brandon

    AMERICAN WORKERS ARE HURTING NOW, they are hurting today. We do not need the GOP to play political points by holding up money for American workers. Where was the GOP 8 years ago? Where was the Tea Party during the past 8 years. GOP = Party of the Rich.

    March 2, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  10. Pragmatic

    This is not about "principal" ... its about people, those out of work in the worst economy in decades, who can not find work and now may lose what little they had left.

    These two senators will retire, even if defeated, with a generous pension and taxpayer paid for health care! GOP is the party of "I've got mine – ha ha ha...." This isn't about numbers: put a face on the people they are dooming to more hardship.

    This blocked bill also blocks loans to small business loans: so now republicans don't want to help create job and refuse to help those who can't find work... so much for "compassionate conservatives!"

    March 2, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  11. Justin - NC

    Here's what Republican's are offering Americans.

    No to stimulus to create jobs because its going to increase the deficit even though their TWO blank check wars added plenty to it already.

    No to jobless benefits because its going to keep people "on welfare" instead of them going to work as Bunning said even though they're railing against stimulus which is supposed to create JOBS. Mind you, when they do create jobs in their districts, REPUBLICAN senators show up for ribbon cuttings and TAKE CREDIT for its success. And lets not forget, they also gave expensive, deficit added Tax Cuts to the rich without paying for them.

    No to financial reform to avoid another catastrophe like this Great Recession.

    No to health reform even though most people go bankrupt because of health bills in this country.

    So I ask you, why vote Republican in November 10 or 12, or 14, or 16 or ever, especially if you AREN'T RICH?

    March 2, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  12. Cayce

    Bunning did not approve another expenditure without funds,sounds like the 1st I have heard of with any sense.Let the parasites of society cry,they tend to cry a river of tears,they expect the "government"to take care of them,maybe they should work for a living like the tax payers.Work or perish.

    March 2, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  13. Katie of NC

    Good for Bunning,about time people realize this money does not come off a money tree.50% of America pays NO taxes,yet they expect a free hand out as a right of living in America.50% of the tax payers can not support the 50% that do not pay plus the socialist agenda of the dems/Obama.

    March 2, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Donnatella

    This lowlife has baked in the tanning salon way to long, we are sick of you guys saying no to anything to help the country that you helped destroy, how dare you, this guy voted yes for every spending bill that Bush put out there including both wars, this is bull and you know it.

    March 2, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Larry

    Why didn't Boner and Bunting have the same "legitimate argument" when it was really needed when Bushy Boy and Darth Vader attacked Irac and started an unprovoked war against a sovereign nation with orrowed funds from China? And how the heck did they think we were going to pay for the Bush Leauge tax cuts?

    March 2, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Byron D.

    Republican John Boehner loves turmoil and gets real offensive if he's not included.....jerk.

    March 2, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. Lexie27

    You can tell Republican Boehner has an ego the size of our planet.

    March 2, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. mctaket

    Unbelievable! He has no problem voting for wars and tax cuts with no plan to pay for them, but unemployed Americans-No way! He feels the need to take a moral stand against making sure unemployed Americans can eat, keep the heat on and a roof over their heads? This arrogant Jerk should be dumped on the streets for a few months and be required to survive on unemployment benefits only- maybe then, instead of grandstanding, he would have some compassion and understanding for the people who's lives he's playing with. Obstructionism has hit a new low!

    March 2, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  19. Justin - NC

    What's most telling about this senator blocking Unemployment Benefits is Rush Limbaugh waving the American flag and asking why isn't more Republican senators joining him?

    Really? You want more Republican senators to join Bunning in protesting aid to the unemployed while you vote against the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (labeled pejoratively as the Stimulus Bill) which is supposed to create jobs and you say you want the health care reform and President of the United States to fail?

    Umm...makes you wonder is Limbaugh/Bunning/GOP even American with all their Anti-American sentiments?

    March 2, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. NATE

    Stand by your man. right or wrong. Idiot on a stick.

    March 2, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. AlanW

    I'm curious as to how democrats can pass a pay-as you go program without any support from any republicans. I'm also a republican and I think this is just getting ridiculous. I'm also employed and am doing my best to remain that way. What I don't understand is why this guy picked this particular issue to stand against. I'm amazed at how hard it is for someone to get a job and this bozo is about to retire. I hope he is in a state that cannot afford to pay his retirement fund.

    March 2, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Jim

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    I wonder if Bunning's Senate Pension is fully Funded? If it isn't, then this freeloader shouldn't get any cheques either. I don't recall him screeming or giving anyone the finger when Bush committed the military to two wars on borrowed money. Fund the wars by raising taxes on these fat cat "patriots". Bunning has taken one too many baseballs to the head.

    March 2, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. If you want someting taxed, and ruined, elect a democrat

    I don't see the big deal here. Shouldn't EVERY bill before congress be paid for before it passes without borrowing more money from other countries? And I really don't care if there is a R or D in front of your stupid name...

    March 2, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. Ada-Mount Pocono,pa

    Since Boehner aggrees with Bunning then he should retire as well!

    He would then have all day to tan. How could anyone stand living with this man who is all about tanning and saying NO, to those less fortunate.

    This is the lifestyle of the rich- its all about "SELF' The republicans are all this way- they don't care about anyone but themselves.

    March 2, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Since McConnell knows he can't take the visible position to screw all of the unemployed, he calls his boy Boehner to muddy the waters from a distance. These crooks always work together to screw the American working class.

    March 2, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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