Washington (CNN) - House Republican Leader John Boehner mocked Congress for holding multiple hearings on the BP oil spill before experts have figured out how to halt oil still gushing into the Gulf. He sarcastically called the packed hearing schedule, "Congress at its best."
"You know, why don't we get the oil stopped, alright? Figure out what the hell went wrong, and then have the hearing and get the damn law fixed!" an exasperated Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference on Capitol Hill.
When pressed about whether he supported lifting the liability cap on oil companies or restructuring the federal agency overseeing offshore drilling, the Ohio Republican sidestepped the questions, saying, "I don't know what people have in mind."
Boehner called for a bipartisan approach to oil spill legislation, saying at this point Democrats have not reached out to Republicans. "There is probably a lot that we can do and we can do it together."
Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET with reaction from Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon, after the jump:
Louisiana Democratic Congressman Charlie Melancon, pushed back on GOP Leader John Boehner's suggestion that Congress was having too many hearings on the oil spill instead of working with experts to stop the spill, telling CNN, "they're haven't been enough yet."
Melancon called for "an extensive investigation," and took a swipe at Republicans, saying, "This is the beginning of what we need to find out just like any investigation. Ask them why they were so concerned about a blue skirt," a reference to the GOP investigation of former President Bill Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Melancon said there needed to be more, not fewer hearings by multiple committees. "We're having these hearings because 11 people were killed, and because the environment and the ecosystem, the Gulf of Mexico, and the coastal wetlands along the coast area which are important to this country are all in jeopardy because somebody, somewhere decided to waive the laws and make exceptions, that's why."
Pass a law that tells the oil to stop.
Because it's congress' job to stop the leak. It says so in the Declaration of independence. Or was it the Constitution? I have trouble telling them apart sometimes. Well, I guess they should listen to Boner and stop legislating, grab some shovels and head down there. Time's a-wastin'. Have a nice day!
And how would it be if "DEMS SAY NO"!
Like the-SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT!
If Mr. Boehner has the solution to fixing the oil leak he should come foward, until then keep the politics out of it! It makes anyone who
point fingers but dont have any solutions look bad! Start working on
the things you can do together in a bipartisan manner and quit screaming!!!
Boehner and his republican big business supporters are responsible for this diaster, but as usual do not acknowledge their negligence.
And, of course, he and they will not support getting rid of the caps for liability. What a disgrace they are.
Voters, we cannot allow these people to continue their sacrificing the American people for Wall St. It has to stop, now!
Gee Mr. Orangeman – stumped for an answer again I see. So confused you can't even answer a simple question yes or no. Better head back to the pool or tanning salon and work on that nice tan.
The Democrats have reached it's heads out on a wide variety of issues, but, the Republicans repeatedly bites the hand that tries to feed it. Unfortunately Republicans only missions appear to be to prevent anything positive from occurring while the Democrats hold the Presidency.
Washington has increased their vocabulary to four letter words from "No". They aren't mentors like sports figures and celebrities are they?
Do they have six political bathrooms in federal facilities? When that person requested another green room says he has been brainwashed rather then be there for all of our good and to work on our behalf with others. They don't play well with us. Maybe we need some day care activities daily before Congress begins daily like WalMart and Lowes. You think they can ALL cheer together?
Everyone should have at least one bi- partisan project bi- annually.
The most segregated hour was on Sunday morning now it's when legislators are "working/ getting paid" in Washington DC.
Then just do it senator instead of placing blame like your party does. Just get it done without the stupid talking points. Stop blaming and start doing bone head
If the republicans were in charge after this oil spill they'd be doing everything they can to quickly wipe over the truth and protect their fat-cat oil buddies.
Boehner's outrage is completely fabricated. The lack of regulations and obligations on the oil companies is due to the GOP's buddy-buddy relationship with the polluters.
It's easy to point fingers when you are not on center court... but Boehner and his buddies are in many ways responsible for this disaster. For crying out loud, he totally side stepped the liability cap question. And this guy wants to help who? – you and me? I don't think so.
"I don't know what people have in mind."... Johnny says .... as he holds his finger up to see which way the wind of public opinion is blowing ...
Everyone wants the oil stopped but its sooooo much easier to complain than to engineer the job. The Gulf Coast governors are already demanding that deep drilling continue even tho we don't know what causes the leak (greed? lax enforcement? poor engineering?) how to stop it or what the clean-up will involve ... so let's do it all again? NOT!
He is just worried the will run out of tanning oil.
Not a big fan of this guy...
But he's right... fix the problem.... PLEASE!
Leave it to Boehner to politicize even something like this.
So is he finally seeing the light that regulation is needed and the free market doesn't always take into account the cost of profit? The Tea Partiers are not going to like this.
What it is with these potty mouthed law makers? Just in this administration we have Vice President Biden talking about what a bid deal something was and them President Obama looking for someone's tail to kick. All I can say regarding Mr. Boehner is to quote former Vice President Cheney when he told Senator Leahy to go "have some fun" with himself.
Empty bluster from Boehner – that's all he has. And you have to know by now that he'll be against lifting the stupid liability cap.
The Party of No has spurned every outreach from Democrats, yet Boehner still whines for another outreach. Too bad.
Bipartisanship is not the be-all and end-all of politics. Bipartisan stupidity gave us the liability cap in the first place.
nobama and the demorats are just putting on a dog and pony show. If anything of real substance is going to be done, then get rid of all the liberals and put moderates and conservatives in power who can work together.
This person[I won't say 'man'} named Boehner, has done absolutely nothing for the last two years but complain and point his finger in all directions.He is totally worthless and is just taking up space in this world. Why doesn't he get a bucket and a shovel and get down to the Gulf and at least show that he can think of something other than himself?I have been around for a long time and have NEVER seen such an ineffectual public figure.
To simple. The Demasses need to make deals and scam the process so they can line their pockets.
Boehner! he's such a loser! get your party to actually do something on behalf of America!
Of Course the Republicans do not want the limit of liability changed to higher liability amount for the oil companys... They just tell us drill baby drill... And really Boehner .. a pink tie you are wearing....You pinko...
Talk about hypocrisy! He and his Republican buddies tried to eliminate regulations, they did their best to weaken any government oversight, and they were all in bed with the oil industry.
Come on, Beiner. Don't fake by repeating after somebody.
Boehner is a grandstanding demogogic opportunist. He is a typical congressman who is part of the problem. This guy is a member of the GOP and part of mess that George W. Bush left behind for Obama to clean up. Boehner is all smoke and mirrors and no substance and action. He is now calling for bipartisanship on the oil spill issue and dishonestly accuses the Democrats of not working with the GOP. Boenher rebuffed Democratic overtures on bipartisanship on the healthcare issue. He really isn't interested in bipartisanship with the Democrats on any issue. He only interested in scoring political points and helping to make the Republican Party the majority party again.