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."
This guy has spent his entire career on capitol Hill catering to the oil companies with liability limits, deregulation, and tax payer subsidies (those he's supposedly against 'socialism')....that's probably why he wouldn't/couldn't answer the question.
As always.......he is all talk until he has to really answer an question with his ideas. Havent heard an idea out of this man in years.
Can you imagine if the rest of us could get away with talk, talk, talk in our jobs but not get the actual job done???? Must be nice to spend hours talking and not working.
The song and dance man has performed yet another of his silly routines.
Boner will never step forward and protect the citizens of this country.
Blame the other side is his motto.
Boehner, you and your fellow Republicans, especially Dick Cheny are responsible.
Perhaps if you place the ten photos CNN has featured today of the victims of this spill, and then added pics of all their family members, on the floor of these hearings it may speed up their decision making process and pull some heart strings.
"Boehner called for a bipartisan approach to oil spill legislation, saying at this point Democrats have not reached out to Republicans."
Yeah, like we can really count on the folks who got us here to get us out. Let's trust the drunk driver to get the car out of the ditch that he just wrecked into...makes perfect sense.
It's funny because just a couple months ago this moron was yelling about the need for less regulations. Boehner cares more about appeasing the oil & gas industry lobbyists than he does containing any spill.
UM Maybe sombody should fix YOU... MR Boehner!! U ARE THE PROBLEM!
LOL! John "Hell No You Can't" Beohner is a joke and a fraud! So easy to stand on the sidelines shouting. Orange-faced fool!
By "bipartisan approach" you mean the democrats must agree to your party's terms?
By "I don't know what people have in mind" you mean no we shouldn't raise the cap?
By "both BP and the federal government are responsible for the mess should pay to clean it up" you mean a taxpayer bailout for poor little BP?
Cussing fussing and husteling aahahahahahahahahahahaha
John "Spill, baby, spill!" Boehner is a joke.
Boehner wants the Democrats to propose a law so he can oppose it.
Republicans wont allow the liability cap to be raised from $75M and the hearings are what is bringing out all the malfeasance by BP to light. Is Boehner just misleading Americans once again?
The republicans are clearly on the side of BP and against the best interests of the American people
Stop playing the angry partisan hack Boehner – it is really old and tired and you just look fooilsh wagging you finger at democrats. You clearly never got over the results of the last presidential election. Have you smiled once since November 2008?
Boehner used a bad word. Shame on him. Hey CNN, play it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over
(get the message?)
This guy is such a jerk. I can't stand it, it just blows my mind how stupid these politicians are, day after day the same old crap comes out of their mouth!! I wonder if this guy has ever told the truth about anything. Once again, who are the idiots that vote this fool into office??????????
Dude, will you stop with the hot air, already. How can sidestep a question with ties into getting things done, then turn around and Dems haven't reached out for Reps at the same time. Dude, you were doing ok by staying silent for 53 days. Was this your party's response after all that silence? Weak! You are so evident of the paradigm shifting! Wow!
I hear you talking Mr. Boehner. Your party has not been unable to work with the democrats on any important issues since President Obama was elected. What is different this time? Bipartisan is a poor way to get anything done. The GOP has not tried to work with the president on anything so far, so what makes you think that you guys can come to some agreement on this issue?
this guy is a waste of a seat ,ohio should dump him as soon as they can.always crying the dem.s won't reach out to the republicans when we all know thats bull.
Boehner should stop evading the question and answer truthfully that Republicans have no interest in lifting the liability cap because it would hurt their big oil company friends. As usual, the Republicans are more concerned about big business than they are the American people or the environment.
Are congressmen and congresswomen supposed to put on wet suits and swim down and put a plug in the hole. What do you think people have been trying to do with the junk shot, top kill, multiple hats...The problem is no one (democrat or republican) in Washington required BIG OIL to have systems in place to prevent and stop a mess like this!
What a joke this guy is the same old lame story. The more things change the more they stay the same no matter what the dems do they are going to say no no no. The jig is up TAN MAN.
Shut up Boner
Captain TanMan just said that he believes the taxpayers should help BP pay for the clean up costs and he's been walking away from having said it all day. He's another shining example of "say anything strategery" at work.
Is that the fingers he picks his bum with all day while the rest of the thinking public is busy using facts and evidence to generate decisions?