Boehner: If some federal workers lose jobs because of GOP cuts, 'so be it'
February 15th, 2011
02:04 PM ET
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Boehner: If some federal workers lose jobs because of GOP cuts, 'so be it'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday if some federal workers lose jobs because of Republican-proposed spending cuts, "so be it." But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to say "not so be it."

"Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs and if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it," Boehner said during a news conference with reporters at the Republican National Committee. "We're broke! It's time for us to get serious about how we're spending the nation's money."

Boehner, who was joined by other House Republican leaders, criticized the President's budget proposal for not cutting enough and said Republicans would address entitlement reform when they release their budget blueprint this spring.

"Republicans will not punt," said Boehner. "Everything's on the table. We will put forward a budget that deals with the big challenges that face our country…I have no doubts that all of these issues [Social Security and Medicare] will be on the table."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seized on Boehner's comments in a speech on the floor, saying Republicans' proposed cuts would leave many in the cold.

"Democrats do not subscribe to Speaker Boehner's verdict that if jobs are lost in this continuing resolution, so be it," Pelosi said. "Maybe so be it for him. But not so be it for the people who are losing their jobs."

Asked at a news conference about Boehner's comments about federal workers, New Jersey Democrat Rob Andrews pounced.

"What I'd wonder – so what if it's air traffic controllers that make the skies safe? So what if it's FBI personnel working in labs that do DNA testing of suspects? So what if it's border security officers keeping people from getting into the country illegally? So what if it's USDA meat inspectors that make sure our food supply is safe? So what if it's people who test the cleanliness of our drinking water or test for radioactivity in our land?"

– CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. GetReal

    I'm ok with the comment IF he puts his money where is mouth is and talks about defense, medicare, medicad and social security....and not just lip service. Come on John, if you're "serious", you can't ignore the biggest contributors to our debt. This isn't all about Obama, your team contributed to this too.

    February 15, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. Vonzo

    "We're broke! It's time for us to get serious about how we're spending the nation's money."
    A politician actually told the truth and he's being raked over the coals for it?

    FEAR!!!!!! PANIC!!!!!!
    "What I'd wonder – so what if it's air traffic controllers that make the skies safe? So what if it's FBI personnel working in labs that do DNA testing of suspects? So what if it's border security officers keeping people from getting into the country illegally? So what if it's USDA meat inspectors that make sure our food supply is safe? So what if it's people who test the cleanliness of our drinking water or test for radioactivity in our land?"

    February 15, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. PAUL W!

    Is it really a surprise that the GOP is still clueless even after a four year hiatus from controlling the house? They didn't know what they were doing then, they don't know now. The only difference is that now they are willing to put the rest of the nation in great danger just to keep the tax cuts for the richest 1%.

    February 15, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. gt

    nancy and her nit wit freinds have got this country in such dept that she cant handel the truth ..... to much spending... i quess when your a millionare like nancy she doesnt have to worry about paying the bills she has lots of money....amerioca is broke ...its time it takes its medicine....

    February 15, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Michael

    I have been saying this for months! People don't realize that if you reduce spending, someone will be out of work! There is no way around it!!

    Not good for those people and not good for the country!

    Michael
    OutMaturity

    February 15, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Joe

    Does Nancy Pelosi realize that she is in the minority yet? Seems like she doesn't.

    February 15, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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