February 26th, 2013
11:00 AM ET
1 year 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. Moose

    Go John all of OHIO thanx you esp jean 2009

    February 26, 2013 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  2. K. in Miami

    After careful thought and consideration, I have to say that white america got a really bum deal. White Americans that vote white white white white white, based on being white, have been bamboosled, had the wool pooled over their eyes by this obstructionist Republican party.

    John Boehner has to be the worst speaker of the house in the history of the position, we all know that these cuts will hurt some of the same white people that vote for their white race(Republicans), but it won't deter them because a black man is the President, pathetic....

    February 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Well Tan Man...your plan of NO TAXES EVER will cost you in the long run. Obama's plan is more reasoned and fair. Yours is neither. Go ahead and bluff and see what happens......come 2014 you will not be speaker anymore

    February 26, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. robert jay

    Who does boenher think he is kidding – a blind deaf and dumb person knows who is at fault for the stupid situation this country and the world is in and these are the people who will be voting next year to rid our country of this plague called republ;icans

    February 26, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Evergreen

    Close corporate loopholes and any subsidies to companies that are not creating jobs in this country. Make targeted cuts. Cuts to government services have been ongoing for decades. Especially under Bush who tried to privatize everything.

    February 26, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  6. AK_steve

    Same old congress. Same old rhetoric. Same of do nothing. Same old blame it on the other guy. The Tea Party is at least accountable for their attempts to do nothing. They'll argue for their stupidity. But the rest of them make up a reason to blame it on someone else.

    Same old, same old. It's been a sad few years to be an American.

    February 26, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Good for him. That's what he SHOULD be doing.

    February 26, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Larry in Houston

    Boehner & Company simply doesn't care what happens to this economy, period. They already know that they will become extinct come 2014, and Boehner's already indicated that he thinks they will be anniliated, come 2014. But we'll see what happens.

    February 26, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Martha in CF

    Boehner, I hope your people vote your a** out of office. You are nothing but an obstructionist!!!!!!!!!!!! Worst Speaker ever....

    February 26, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. jeff

    Has the Senate passed anything, I don't remember any!!! All they do is complain!!!!!

    February 26, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Ancient Texan

    Al-NY - A big tax increase was just voted in 6 weeks ago. Obama got his tax increase but reneges on the promised spending cuts. 83% of the public says spending has to cut...sharply. Obama can't seem to get the message.

    February 26, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Boehner criticized the president for holding campaign-style events about the spending cuts, rather than acting to prevent them.
    -------------------------------------------------
    The President knows that any EFFECTIVE pressure is not going to come from YOU Boo-Hoo but from the people applying pressure on their representatives. As such he is making sure that people are properly informed, versus conveniently kept in the dark or misinformed as you are wont to do.
    You can call it being on a "constant campaign mode" or "scaring the populace" or tutti frutti", we couldn't care less what the hell you think or want at this juncture. The President is availing himself of his most powerful weapon: us, you know, the middle-class that you are trying to screw to death.
    We don't want him sitting in the White House waiting for you to stop pseudo-power tripping or waiting for you to regain your Right mind. We want him with us telling us what the deal is. And we want you to stfu.

    February 26, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Guest

    Exactly right John. The obama lap dogs arent doing a damn thing other than supporting the perpetual campaign. Get off the liberal agenda and start working for the people again or we will vote your lazy azzes out in 2014.

    February 26, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. eciam

    ObamaQuester That he voted for!
    It's not just Obama's sequester if Congress voted for it

    February 26, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Larry in Houston

    Boehner & Company simply doesn't care what happens to this economy, period. They already know that they will become extinct come 2014, and Boehner's already indicated that he thinks they will be anniliated, come 2014. But we'll see what happens !!

    February 26, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. eciam

    ObamaQuester, Bonehead you think Americans are stupid!

    Let’s quickly dispense with the sideshow of the sequester’s parentage. It makes no difference, no matter how many times Republicans decry “the president’s sequester.”

    First, the Obama administration came up with the mechanism precisely because Republicans deemed unacceptable a sequester that included automatic increases in tax revenue.

    The underlying concept, from Democrats’ view, was never to implement the $1.2 trillion through spending cuts alone. Rather, the threat of sequester was to be leverage for a blend of spending cuts and tax increases. Sequester is happening because Republicans in the supercommittee balked at raising adequate revenue.

    Second, no matter whose brainchild it was, Republicans voted for a deal that included the sequester as the enforcement mechanism. They can’t now disown their vote by insisting it was the other guy’s idea.

    Thanks Ruth

    February 26, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The whole country knows that the gop in the house are holding the country hostage . That will change after the 2014 mid terms with the gop record loses in the house of gop idiots !!!!

    February 26, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Well Tan Man...your plan of NO TAXES EVER will cost you in the long run. Obama's plan is more reasoned and fair. Yours is neither. Go ahead and bluff and see what happens......come 2014 you will not be speaker anymore"

    I'm having a problem trying to understand how Boehner, who has spent the past 4 years crying for cut after cut after cut after cut after cut now wants to wash his hands of his past statements ... including never, ever adding more revenue through other alternatives. He got his cuts AND agreed to a bit of additional revenue. Thus, these cuts WERE approved by him.

    Then again. I have a problem understanding the Republican mantra. It so chances with each passing day. Some might call that the art of GOPer distraction. Many come here to CNN to do just that ... distract. It's a losing argument and always will be. Especially when the GOP starts fiddling away at "hard working" peoples pocketbooks. Yeah, I know. Hard working Americans are not now and have never been a real concern of the Grand Old Tea Party. We become the moochers, the takers. They blame Democrats for protecting the middle class ... all the while trying to cozy up to us. Obviously it's NOT working this time around.

    /the gnashing of teeth

    February 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  19. Guest

    Democrats are like Dyson vacuums – never lose suction on the tax payers wallet!

    February 26, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  20. eciam

    Bonehead wants to (disown) his ObamaQuester vote, LOL!

    February 26, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. sonny chapman

    It's Obama's Fault ! It's the Senate"s Fault !

    February 26, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Laverne

    John Beohner is so unprofessional! If he is not cursing, he is crying, he needs to be on Prozac!

    February 26, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  23. kylefromohio

    For a known cry-baby; and a Uncontested congressman, He talks very tough, But The American public see he is not doning his job, Let the House vote on bills, even when they are not fully supported by your caucus. Mr uncontested Tough guy

    February 26, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  24. Doug in NYC

    I found at least $1.6 TRILLION in cuts! There are 435 members of the House of Representatives, 100 members of the Senate, cut their office budget of $3 million in spending, all of it, no office budget at all. Staffs loose their jobs, members are forced to do their own work. Here's the math 435 + 100=535 : 535 x 3,000,000= 1,605,000,000.

    Now for more specding cuts; Reduce House and Senate members pay to minimum wage, they only get $7.25 an hour and are paid for the hours worked. No overtime. Cut their healthcare, if they want healthcare for their familes, they pay for it out of their own pockets, NO exceptions. Cut their pensions too, not more pensions for anyone in the House or Senate. AS they all like to say "Serving this Country is a privilaedge and sacrifice" so let them get the Sacrifice part right now.

    See, I found what probably amounts to $1.8 TRILLION a year, and it was so easy to do it. No pain for anyone, after all, minimum wage is just fine according to the Republicans and, as Boehner said "If people loose their jobs, so be it"

    February 26, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. What's next

    the speaker of the house using profanity on national television. Conservative morals on display for the world to see..

    February 26, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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