June 10th, 2010
01:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Boehner: Get the damn law fixed

Figure out what the hell went wrong, and then have the hearing and get the damn law fixed!
Figure out what the hell went wrong, and then have the hearing and get the damn law fixed!

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."


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  1. GI Joe

    ....................get the da-n law fixed...................

    Isn't he paid to be one of the fixers? What's he waitng for?

    June 10, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. PalmReader

    Boehner called for a bipartisan approach to oil spill legislation, saying at this point Democrats have not reached out to Republicans.
    _______________________________________________

    Perhaps the Democrats have finally decided that reaching out to the party of HELL No is nothing but a waste of time, eh, JohnBoy?

    Problem is, this country has spent 16 months listening to GOPers blabber on and on, and yet, when actual decisions are needed, we get nothing but crickets and grandstanding.

    IF the GOP would have done its job when they had the power to regulate and restrict big oil, big business, and the health industry, we as a nation wouldn't be forced to endure half of what the GOP ineffectiveness has caused us to endure.

    Republican landslide in November? Not going to happen, GOPers.

    June 10, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  3. FM

    At last you are now talking Boehner. After the hearings what will come next !! Will it help fixing the spill? It seems sitting down for hearings, is the routine work the congress enjoys to do instead of the necessity.

    June 10, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Thinker

    What a bonehead. Whats he doing to fix the problem?

    June 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Ya mouth off but when asked a specific question, he has no clue..... typical GOP....

    How's New Orleans doing, Boner?

    June 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Seattle Girl

    Boehner is such a LOSER!! Of course he doesn't endorse lifting the liability cap on the oil companies, that would seriously cut into contributions to his re-election campaign coffers. A typical, bought by oil , Republican!! Thanks for ALL your help trying to get American back on track after the disastrous Bush Terror Reign Boehner -- NOT!!!

    June 10, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Jim in San Mateo

    And how, Congressman Boehner, do you get things done with a group with a one word vocabulary, or in your case, Hell No?

    June 10, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. CaptainCrunch

    What a genius statement John. Why Cincy keeps voting you in is beyond those of us living in the civilized parts of the state.

    June 10, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Jeremy in Albuquerque

    Wow, how transparent and disingenuous a statement from this dishonest, obstructionist, party-first CONGRESSMAN. F@!k off boner, and take mcturtle with you.

    June 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Sean Howley

    What an idiot this so called leader is!

    June 10, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. janetlaw

    Because every time they do reach out to Republicans they are met with "No" – so, they have stopped trying you idiot.

    June 10, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Julia- Idaho Native American

    tHIS GUY IS A JOKE, why reach out to the Party of No, just to hear their whiney NO one more time.

    June 10, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  13. Texan

    Why is Boner waiting for Dems to reach out? Why doesn't he come up with a solution for the oil spill? As usual, he has nothing of substance to offer.

    June 10, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Jim

    Why do people vote for Republicans when they always run on a "government can't do anything right" platform? Its a self fulfilling prophesy when you vote a Republican into office. Instead of criticizing congress, why isn't Mr. Boehner working to make it better?

    June 10, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Paul in GA

    John, that is easy to answer. Because the party of NO does not want to have to work.

    June 10, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    A couple things: Is Boehner going to get called out for his cussing by that kid?

    Boehner is quick to criticize Congress for trying to find out the facts (all part of the anti-incumbent strategy of the GOP), but

    "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."

    What a hypocrite!

    June 10, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Laura, Massachusetts

    For once I agree with him..why have hearings before we even know when/if they can stop this thing or if the oil well just has to naturally burn itself out.

    June 10, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    You know, Boehner, the Republicans have spent every waking moment of President Obama's time in office trying to block everything he does in an effort to make him and his policies fail.

    Time and time again, the GOP has put party before country, delaying important national security appointments, throwing up procedural roadblocks, filibustering anything and everything, doing its best to further its own political gains at the expense of our nation.

    And you have the NERVE to whine about how the Democrats have not "reached out to" Republicans?!?!?

    June 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. GL

    Boehner why didn't you get this fix while Bush was in office? Republicans continue with their lies that the Democrates have not reached out to them and we the American people no that is a straight face lie. Republicans just don't get it and I hope in Nov. they will really get the message.

    June 10, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Jan K

    Boehner is the one calling for taxpayers to help pay for BP's problems. When are the tea partiers going to come out and fight against this like they did with GM. I will agree to help with the cost once BP is in receivership, not until then...

    June 10, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. GL

    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."
    -----------------------------------–
    LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE. Boehner is ALL TALK! Bohner is just show boating and posting for hi photo oh so we can see his organe tan.

    June 10, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. GaryB

    Boehner's definition of bipartisanship....

    "Do it 100% my way or I'm taking my ball and going home."

    June 10, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    All that what they always say..Excuses excuses excuses ! Any old reason to say NO which is what they always say...Butt don't forget Pres Obama got health care passed with out them ,and i guess he will get his whole agenda passed they same way..Waht people are sick of , is this type of blocking and stonewalling..This the reason that people are so fed up with washington..It is not the Pres that people have an issue with, it is the stupid GOP !!!!!

    June 10, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Anthony Beasley

    Please Boner, I mean Boehner, shut up! After you comment concerning the President yesterday, you should just stop with the political BS right now! A lot of our problems in the country are caused because every dang gone politician is running for office every freaking day! Do your job and cut the BS PLEASE!

    June 10, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. cardog

    This all sounds good coming from the "Leader" of NO. Now that election times are upon us, we need to take the high ground and appear that we are fighting again for the American public, is that what you want us to believe Mr.Bonehead, opps I'm sorry Mr. Boehner...

    June 10, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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