Boehner: Obama is 'sorely mistaken'
June 29th, 2011
03:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner: Obama is 'sorely mistaken'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner responded to President Obama's press conference Wednesday saying Republicans in the House will continue to "stand with the American people" while the president ignores the economic realities in the U.S.

His full statement:

"The President's remarks today ignore legislative and economic reality, and demonstrate remarkable irony. His administration has been burying our kids and grandkids in new debt and offered no plan to rein in spending. Republicans have been leading and offering solutions to put the brakes on this spending binge. The President has been AWOL from that debate.

"The President is sorely mistaken if he believes a bill to raise the debt ceiling and raise taxes would pass the House. The votes simply aren't there – and they aren't going to be there, because the American people know tax hikes destroy jobs. They also know Washington has been on a spending binge for many years, and they will only tolerate a debt limit increase if we stop it.

"The new majority in the House is going to stand with the American people. A debt limit increase can only pass the House if it includes spending cuts larger than the debt limit increase; includes reforms to hold down spending in the future; and is free from tax hikes. The longer the President denies these realities, the more difficult he makes this process. If the president embraces a measure that meets these tests, he has my word that the House will act on it. Anything less cannot pass the House."

– CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    Yes Mr Boehner, we need to cut spending, but to stubbornly refuse to even acknowledge the existence of the other side of that coin is completely absurd. Conservatives love analogies about household budgets, but refuse to accept that increasing revenue, if possible, would be part of any sane plan to solve a household budget crisis.

    Taxes are at their lowest percentage of GDP in over 50 years. The wealthiest in this country can easily afford to pay a little more.

    June 29, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. kakaraka

    Really Boener?

    June 29, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boner and the republicans represent only 30% of the American people. Only in the mind of a drunk is that a majority.

    June 29, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. logic in LA

    Economic reality is, you cannot reduce the deficit with cuts alone. Taxes are required. And the President was correct, our tax rates are too low to sustain the government much less the unfunded, unwarranted war.
    If the Republicans are really serious about cuts, why not start with their 1.3 million discretionary fund ( that is for each of them!)
    It may only be a drop in the bucket, but it would at least send a message.

    June 29, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Stacey

    "The new majority in the House is going to stand with the American people. "

    When will Boner and the Republicans stand with the American people? After the Republicans take medicare away from me when I'm 65 in ten more years? After I'm too poor to buy food because I'm paying back our national debt so that the rich corporate big wigs and Wall St. fat cats can continue to enjoy their unprecedented tax breaks and get even richer? After the Republicans end Pell Grants so that my economically challenged daughter cannot afford to go to even a community college to try and better her lot in life? After the Republicans take everything away from the middle-class and obliterate the poor, is that when Boner and his cronies in Congress will stand up for me? NO. Never. Most of us will become indentured to the very rich.

    June 29, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. Rex Raptor

    STAND WITH the American people? More like STEP ON the American people. I hope Obama stares these thugs down this time.

    June 29, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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