February 26th, 2013
11:00 AM ET
5 years ago

Boehner to Senate: Get off your a**

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner had some choice words Tuesday for his colleagues in the Senate over the forced spending cuts set to begin Friday.

Boehner, known for his at-times colorful language, said the House won't move a budget bill until the Senate "gets off their ass and begins to do something."

He made his comments to reporters after speaking to the House GOP conference on Capitol Hill. Ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to Newport News, Virginia Tuesday afternoon, Boehner criticized the president for holding campaign-style events about the spending cuts, rather than acting to prevent them.

At issue is a disagreement over how to stave off the automatic, across-the-board cuts, known in Washington as the sequester. Democrats and Obama want to replace it with a mix of more specific cuts and an increase in taxes through the closing of certain loopholes.

Republicans, on the other hand, say taxes are out of the question.

"He's gotten his tax hikes," Boehner said, referring to the-end-of-the-year fiscal cliff bill that raised tax rates on top earners. "It's time to focus on the real problem here in Washington and that is spending."

Building onto the criticism, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Obama is hardly willing to meet Republicans in the middle.

"The president says we can't have any progress on this sequester unless we get the second tax hike in eight weeks. That's not compromise," Cantor said.

Later Tuesday, Senate Majority Harry Reid responded to Boehner's remark.

"I was raised in a little town that had 13 brothels in it," the Nevada Democrat said. "So I am used to some pretty salty language as you know."

Reid then read out Boehner's quote.

"I think he should understand who is sitting on their posterior," Reid added. "We are doing our best here to pass something. The speaker is doing nothing to try to pass anything over there."

Earlier in the day, Reid said Senate Democrats have a "balanced proposal" to replace the sequester with "smart spending reductions" and "measures that close corporate tax loopholes and wasteful subsidies and revenue from the very wealthiest among us."

Despite their proposal, however, Reid definitively stated the cuts will still take place due to GOP opposition.

"My Republican colleagues are standing in the way of a solution," he continued. "They only want cuts and more cuts. They are willing to sacrifice three quarters of a million American jobs rather than ask multi-millionaires to pay a penny more."

- CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Harry Reid • John Boehner • Senate
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Just because the House passed two RADICAL RIGHT WING budgets doesn't mean it's the correct solution Bonehead. What part of "balanced approach" don't you understand. The games you republicans are playng with OUR economy is downright treasonous.

    February 26, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. An Observer

    Congressional republicans are domestic terrorists! Vote them all out of office!

    February 26, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Yuri

    Bonehead Boehner can bellow all he wants. His "colleagues" willl probaly lend deaf ears to him. The teapotty towerheads will drag him and themselves into ditches, before too long. Boehner, no more CPAC speakership for you!

    February 26, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. CB FL

    He says the house has been working. If you call naming a post office, diong abotion bills and bring to the floor 33 times against ACA. Only in session for a 166 days a year. He is a scared little man.

    February 26, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. MaryM

    Awwwwww, is Boehner getting a little scared. He knows the repubs in the house will get the blame if the sequester goes into effect. Poor Boehner. Just wait until Defense starts cutting in the Republican Gov states.

    February 26, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. W.

    Maybe the Speaker should get off the booze and cigarettes. Nature affords the prepared mind, and I fear that he has lost direction, if not sound judgment.

    February 26, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  7. Thomas

    This week House Speaker John Boehner is a drill sergeant , next week he will be Mr Crocodile tears .

    February 26, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. DC Johnny

    Multimillionaires can always afford another penny. Sure they can.

    Right up until the point where we're all equally poor, right Senator?

    February 26, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  9. Wake up People!

    Keep deflecting Bone head. When he tries to talk tough the GOP gets excited, when the POTUS does it, he gets called a thug. Go figure.

    I am loving every minute of witnessing the destruction of GOP, thank you Baggers!!

    February 26, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Jsmith

    He's right! The Senate hasn't passed a budget for FOUR years. The Senate has not moved on two House proposals to eliminate or reduce Sequestration. Harry Reid needs to get off his duff and do his job, and do it with integrity.

    February 26, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    I never had high hopes for Mr. Boehner. Sadly, he's fallen way short of my really low expectations. Too bad he tried so hard to fool his new found TeaPer friends into thinking they would make a difference. By now, I'm sure he wishes they'd all just crawl back under the rocks where he found them ... knowing full well (then and now) that he ought to have left them there to begin with.

    February 26, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Blinded by the republican lies

    Talk about talking out ouf your a**..Who has been on recess for the last 2 months and only worked 12-13 days??? If I recall...Can'tor was the one that made up the schedule for Congress...They spend more time off, and when they return..the gotp taliban spend all of their time complaining about everything..Those of us that are paying attention are seeing the bull crap these guys are pulling..and we are sick and tired of it...Get to work a**holes!!!!

    February 26, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. BigTBone

    Could have copied and pasted this from every issue since 2009.

    "My Republican colleagues are standing in the way of a solution"

    What is it like to live in the GOP's alternate reality?

    February 26, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Haha...oh boy do they protest too much. Here's a giant hint: the one making the most desperate noise here is the one who knows they're about to get blamed if/when the doody hits the fan. Someone, quick, get Boehner a paper bag to breathe into.

    February 26, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Willie K.

    He can lie until he turns orange in the face ... Oh, sorry. He already has.

    February 26, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. mgctampa

    Does anyone really care anymore what the worst speaker in the house in history has to say?? I don't, its all dribble.

    February 26, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Wake up People!

    I find it so hilarious that the GOP refuses to acknowledge they are to blame for anything. And their poor little supporters simply jump on board.

    What a pathetic group of little men.

    February 26, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Wes

    I would tell the uhbama to get off his a**.

    February 26, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  19. jpmichigan

    I fully agree. Two bills where passed by the house, but did not include mare taxes, this is the only reason the Senate Mr. Reid) will not allow it to the Senate floor. Obama has caused this crisis and will not do anything about it unless it includes more taxes. Mr. Obama , your chickens have come home to roust, you started the Sequester, know you would use it to increase taxes on American families, so now you have to live with the consequenses.

    February 26, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Tony

    Boehner pushed the sequester through the House with more than 70% of Republicans voting in favor. Final tally: 174 Republicans voted yea, 66 Republican nay. Democrats were split, 95-95. Why is he complaining about the sequester?

    February 26, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. rla

    A democrat balanced approch– TAX TAX TAX

    February 26, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. much thunder.little rain

    the senate is full of old men and women who think they are life time office holders and they can do nothing while the middle class suffers

    February 26, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Ozzie

    Get off your Jack Daniels, Johnny boy.

    February 26, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. yanni

    Speaker John Boehner is not happy by his own incapability no one blame him for having a little venting. He shouldn’t have made a deal with the Tea party. As they say, It like making a deal with a devil he won’t let you go unless he destroy you.

    February 26, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. boungiorno

    if now is not a good time to get these Cuts Implemented into the BUDGET then Show yourselves Including the President & Michelle Oboma to the Exit door of the WHITE HOUSE FOR MAKING AMERICANS PUT THEIR CONFIDENCE IN A TREASONUS GOVERMENT!

    February 26, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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