Washington (CNN) - Hours before expected passage Thursday afternoon of the Wall Street reform bill, the top House Republican called for the legislation to be repealed.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters, "I think it ought to be repealed. There are common sense things that you should do to plug the holes in the regulatory system that were there, and to bring more transparency to financial transactions, because transparency is like sunlight. Sunlight is the best disinfectant."
Boehner, who came under fire from Democrats for comparing the bill to "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon," again slammed the bill as going too far.
"I think the financial reform bill is ill conceived, going to make credit harder for the American people to get, clearly harder for businesses to get and the fact that it's going to punish every banker in America for the sins of the few on Wall Street is unwise. On top of that I think it institutionalizes 'too big to fail' and gives far too much authority to federal bureaucrats to bail out virtually any company in America they decide ought to be bailed out."
A representative for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately slammed Boehner's comments.
"This comes as no surprise coming from the Republican House leader who called the financial crisis that caused 8 million Americans to lose their jobs an 'ant,'" Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said in a statement. "Democrats will stand with the Middle Class and Main Street, while Washington Republicans, who are out of touch, will continue to stand with Wall Street."