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. rodk

    Unbelievable. Same old crap. We bring these new guys in to create jobs and they just keep politicking. In fact instead of helping create jobs they are doing everything they can to put more people out of work! All during the run up to the election they complained about Obama not creating more jobs yet they seem to spend all their time now trying to put people that don't think support their political dogma out on the street where there already are no jobs. They're making a bad situation worse. Maybe we need to do what they're doing in Egypt and go after these Tea Partying liars and frauds.

    February 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Boehner and Cantor should explain why they want to keep spending money on an aircraft engine that is only a back up to another engine design that the military says it doesn't want or need. It couldn't be that two plants that produce this engine are in or near their districts, could it? Business as usual. They want to take away essential assistance to the poor that doesn't add up to a hill of beans on the budget, but keep a very expensive defense project that is not needed, just because it's in their district.

    February 15, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. jude

    he promise to creat jobs and now he's happy for people to lose their jobs.john boehner were is the job?

    February 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Duck Fallas

    Simple solution: put Boner on the border with binoculars and a cell phone and feed him beef and water.

    February 15, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Laverne

    So what, federal workers don't have families to support and feed? Mr. Bonehead is a federal worker himself who should lose his job and i can't believe the American people gave him a promotion. This guy is a joke and many are about to find out that just because they hate Obama they just gave the devil himself the driver seat. My only hope is that President Obama don't bend too much for so called bipartisan sake as the republicans will only be bipartisan when it is politically correct for them.

    February 15, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. Josaphat Daniels

    Finally someone's true camellion colours are shown and I am not referring to the orange color. These guys are real hypocrites, what happened to the jobs, jobs, jobs, isn't that what they were screaming before nov, 2nd of last year
    and now the bonehead is coming out to say so what if some of y'all don't get jobs. All those croc tears was for nothing
    but a show, shame on you john beanhean.

    February 15, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. jude

    is this the way of creating jobs by being happy that people lose their jobs ,i think you should quite your job now.

    February 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. chaos

    I don't know what the heck these two parties are arguing about. Just cut welfare, medicaid, reduce current unemployment so people can go find a job, rather then sitting at home and collect unemployment b/c it pays more than work pays. All the bank the took FED assistant, rather than their employees or CEO get bonuses, the bonuses are divided among taxpayers money and employee/CEO. Problem solved. Everyone still has a job, and deficit is reduced.

    February 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Josaphat Daniels

    Washington is flushing America down the toilet.

    February 15, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    "Everything is on the table" except tax cuts for the rich, of course. Or tax breaks for the oil companies. Or defense spending if it's in a republican district, etc, etc. They can make all the noise they want; what matters is what is eventually signed into law.

    When republicans and democrats are both about equally outraged we will have a good budget.

    February 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. patty

    Maybe he wil lose his job. So be it. They don't like unemployment yet are willing to knock more people out of work. Thought they were creating jobs.

    February 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  12. Katie

    Anyone surprised at Boehners attitude?

    He complained for months – Where are the jobs? – and yet, since assuming his leadership role what are the republicans top priority? Abortion! Good Lord Mr. Boehner – where is your plan for jobs!!!

    Boehners no leader.

    February 15, 2011 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. Kenneth

    How about pay-cuts for members of the judiciary (Senate, Congress, Supreme Court, and yes even the President and his cabinet).

    February 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  14. GrogInOhio

    Hold on... didn't Boehner tell us just a few weeks ago, that job creation was going to the focus of this congress? Didn't Boehner just deride the health care act as "job-killing"? And now he's okay with killing jobs?

    February 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Jim

    Why doesn't John Boehner and his fellow Republicans start with taking a 50% pay cut and paying $500-$1000/ month for healthcare and live closer to the realities of everyday Americans? They need to look first at their "Own House" before attacking Main Street American houses!

    February 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  16. willie floyd

    Why not cut the number of members in Congress? No more than they now accomplish, seems to me half as many could work for a change and accomplish just as much. That should help the defecit as well.

    February 15, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  17. maf

    The GObP platform for the last election was JOBS!!! Now that they propose fiscal conservatism that MIGHT CUT JOBS, they completely forget that this was the one issue that got them elected.

    Sheesh, to be a Republican these days has to be a tad embarrassing don't you think??

    February 15, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. sheba57

    it is interesting that neither Medicare ...SS....etc....were mentioned..this is a flawed and nonsensical argument....these cuts put America in jeopardy...how will any of these things create jobs.

    February 15, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  19. michael

    Now the real story comes out, not surprised the republicans only care about the rich, "so what if jobs are lost" is not a surprise, after all they are the ones who didn't think unemployment needed to be extended so peope could eat.

    Buyers remorse yet anyone????

    February 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  20. Video Guy

    Say Mr Boehner, what about the promise of jobs, jobs, jobs. The Republicans only car about the rich, They think if you keep them poor, unhealthy, they (the voters) will be easier to control.

    February 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. richard im montana

    Maybe this jerk would like to lose his job.

    February 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Kwag

    Then I suggest all Republican Senators and Congresspersons cut their salaries immediately by at least a half so they can feel just a pinch of our pain. Mr. Boehner has always struck me as a person who couldn't care less about anyone who makes less than $200k a year. I maintain the Republicans' mantra is "if it's not happening to us, then it's not happening."

    February 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  23. old soldier

    It galls and hurts me to agree with Boner, but we should cut some government employees to reduce the cost of the governments day-to-day expenditures! Let's think outside the box. I propose an amendment to the Constitution to reduce the Senate to one Senator per state and apportion House representatives the same. No state NEEDS two Senators...they usually are from the same party; communicate/cooperate on any actions; and normally vote the same. So why not cut the Senate by 50% to save 50% of the Senate's budget? If everyone likes the larger vote numbers, just multiply by two. Same for the House: one per state. We'd save a bundle on salaries, health & retirement benefits, office staffs, travel security forces/equipment, and there'd be a smaller footprint of folks to make decisions. As any soldier knows, the larger the unit, the harder the chain of command & control. Overseeing a smaller Congress (just 50 in each house) would reduce yammering, posturing for media attention, and make it easier to conduct intelligent, adult communication. (Also, a single hand grenade tossed into their midst would clear out more of the ash-&-trash so we could start over any time we wanted. When I commanded a company in the late '70s, one of my NCOs came up with the idea every NCO could carry a pistol and one round (like Barney Fife): the NCO should have permission to chamber that round and take out one yardbird during his 20-30 year career. I voted him down saying all my NCOs would likely shoot me.) Tchuss!

    February 15, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  24. TREVER D.

    WOW, NANCY , what about the rest of the country that is " out in the cold " .... We need to stop spending what we do not have... cut backs for you guys in office with your nice size wages.. god for bid.... maybe that's why CA. Is broke.... get the money in order and get the US back on track.

    February 15, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    For the most part "federal worker," with the exception of the military, is an oxymoron–a huge percentage of them don't "work" in any useful sense. They collect paycheques for doing little more than making life more difficult for working Americans. Most of these people could be abducted by aliens and the country wouldn't even notice–except maybe that the endless stream of mandates, laws, senseless "policies," and intrusions into our lives would slow down.

    February 15, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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