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. Perusing-through

    HERE IS AN ANOLOGY FOR HYPOCRITICAL REPUBLICANS

    You are terribly sick, near death, and need immediate hospital emergency assistance. But you are currently unemployed and have no cash. Luckily, you have a couple credit cards which the doctors will accept as payment to save your life. What do you do?

    Do you tell the doctor you rather die than pay for service with a credit card? NO WAY! I wise person use the credit card (accumulate debt), stave off death, and "hopefully" live to fight another day!

    March 2, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Perusing-through

    HERE IS AN ANALOGY FOR HYPOCRITICAL REPUBLICANS

    You are terribly sick, near death, and need immediate hospital emergency assistance. But you are currently unemployed and have no cash. Luckily, you have a couple credit cards which the doctors will accept as payment to save your life. What do you do?

    Do you tell the doctor you rather die than pay for life-saving service with a credit card? NO WAY! I wise person use the credit card (accumulate debt), stave off death, and "hopefully" live to fight another day!

    March 2, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. CAW in MD

    If Bunning has a legitimate argument, then why did Republicans back funding the wars as emergency funding (even the 5th year of the Iraq war was emergency funding - you'd think by the 5th year it could be planned)? This is just out and out hypocrisy, and I'm glad people are calling Bunning on it.

    March 2, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. carlos

    this boner guy should follow bunning into retirement because he is not going to be reelected, PERIOD

    March 2, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  5. los stl

    the reps don't have problems with money THEIR ALREADY RICH, so who cares if you can't pay your phone bills, home, car payment & insurrance (OH YES HEALTH INSURRANCE TOO) but whatever they wants to be back in power again even though their mostly (AND I MEAN MOSTLY) the ones who put us in this mess. Yea know President Obama already has one strike against him that's his color that most folks want agree on, but let this person of color who AMERICA has chosen to HELP solve the problems we have to deal with, then there are some folkswho just don't care about AMERICA which this country has become today (OF ALL PEOPLES NO MATTER WHAT RACES). Their the ones who don't want America to change (CHANGE)

    March 2, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
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