Boehner rejects 'do nothing' label for this Congress
December 3rd, 2013
01:01 PM ET
4 months ago

Boehner rejects 'do nothing' label for this Congress

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner rejected the label that this is a "do nothing" session of Congress, telling reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill, "we've done our work."

Boehner pointed the finger at the Democratic-led Senate for holding up legislation. "When you look at the number of bills passed by the House and the paltry number of bills passed by the Senate, you can see where the problem is."

The House of Representatives is in session for seven more days before the end of 2013. The Senate doesn't return from its extended Thanksgiving break until next week and plans to be in Washington for two more weeks this year.

There is a long list of items that Congress has failed to complete this year, including a farm bill, immigration reform, a defense measure, and a budget deal to avoid another potential government shutdown in January

House Democrats lay the blame squarely on House Republicans for failing to work across party lines to reach compromise on those issues–and they add other examples, such as a bill banning employment discrimination on the basis of sexual identity or gender, and measures to enhance background checks for gun purchases.

"This session of Congress may prove to be the least productive in perhaps over a half of century," House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer told reporters Tuesday.

But Boehner cited several measures the House has passed that await action in the Senate and maintained any lack of progress was the upper chamber's fault.

"The way this system of government works, both the House and the Senate have to do their jobs. The House continues to do its job; it's time for the Senate to get serious about doing theirs."


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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Pointing fingers again by the Guns Over People tea potty. 2014 comes quickly for them after they shut down the people's government AND voted to destroy the full faith and credit of America.

    December 3, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. just saying

    harry reid is obama's little sock puppet, protecting obama from having to veto things. harry reid has essentially shut down the senate for 3 years now.

    December 3, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Yeah, and the vast majority or Real Americans reject the rethug/teabag toddlers. Deal with it!

    December 3, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    48 votes to repeal the law of the land and fewest laws passed in HISTORY!!! You're a "do nothing" Congress. Boehner, whatever happened to JOBS JOBS JOBS????

    December 3, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Sure John... You reject the label. Why not? You've rejected any meaningful legislation this year that didn't contain a known poison pill or didn't name a post office. Over forty times trying to pass the same thing?!?! The most pitiful Speaker of the House in history!

    December 3, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Peppy

    @ Dutch, Bammy said he had the job situation all handled, more lies from your buddy

    December 3, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  7. Bi Partisan

    Both parties are to blame because they need to learn how to work together.Elementary kids point fingers and blame each other.Adults should be able to do better.Passing a bill that you know isn't going to pass on the other side isn't being productive. The name calling and finger pointing needs to stop.

    December 3, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Donna

    Not to worry.... A LOT more will get done when all of the Democrat Senators get tossed next November. Then Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can sit around and twidlle their thumbs even more than they do now. Thank you Obama, Thank you Obamacare!

    December 3, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. Patrick in Wisconsin

    I think it's time the House reject this buffoon for his outstanding incompetence and lack of leadership.

    December 3, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. freeme10

    Doesn't surprise me – he rejects everything.

    December 3, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. DustyOnes

    This congress stooped the complete financial collapse of America. Unchallenged the Democrats would have created the Fall of the United States. It would have been as epic as the Fall of Rome or the Soviet Union.

    December 3, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. ImvotingforHillary

    This GOP led Congress is worthless. I hope they get booted next NOV and the Dems can finally get stuff passed. I can't wait to vote AGAINST the GOP on election day in 2014 and 2016!

    December 3, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Dr Albert

    Passing bad bills doesn't mean you've really done something.

    December 3, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. ztarbod

    Hoyer should emphasize how well the democrats in the House worked across the aisle when they held the majority. Oops! he can't because the democrats didn't.

    December 3, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Boo

    Another memeber of the GOP living in a bubble. At least they're consistant.

    December 3, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. just saying

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    whatever happened to JOBS JOBS JOBS????
    -–

    please google biden recovery summer...

    December 3, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. GenYer

    Obama this, Tea Party that, Harry Reid this, Boehner that. Keep on pointing fingers at certain parties and people. It is all of them. All of them are "Do nothing except for our own interests" people. By all of them pointing fingers and blaming each other, they are blaming the people. It is sad that we support them in every way possible and they turn us all against each other.

    December 3, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. carla

    I don't think either side has much to boast about. However, on the first day of Obama's presidency, Mitch O'Connell statesthat their main ppriority is to make sure the president fails. They knew then they weren't going to work with him and would do anything to stand in his way. Truly sad.

    December 3, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. jinx9to88

    @ Donna
    Not to worry.... A LOT more will get done when all of the Democrat Senators get tossed next November. Then Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi can sit around and twidlle their thumbs even more than they do now. Thank you Obama, Thank you Obamacare!

    ----

    9% approval rating in the GOP controlled House, hardly doing a good job. Not sure what school you went to but 9% is pretty bad grade. Far as GOP taking over the Senate 2014, If the GOP didn't gerrymander district with wacko bird voters the House would be Democratic control and this country would be moving forward. keep watching faux news for your info. I think faux news and Karl Rove is still wondering what happened in 2012. LMAO!!!!

    December 3, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. motorfirebox

    Artificially inflating the number of bills by passing a boatload of never-gonna-happen attempts to defund or derail the ACA doesn't count, Boehner.

    December 3, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. teaparty can suck a root

    What other lies will orange man tell, remember this one ? Now we have control of the house we will create JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, thats what this is all about, another bold face lie from the party of snakeoil salesmen, GOP/TP!!!

    December 3, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. Reasonably

    Facts don't lie, John. But it's so easy to forget you don't let facts get in the way of your worldview.

    You and your congress are worse than useless and have the lowest approval rating in history. If you were in the private sector you would have been fired and on the streets long ago.

    December 3, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. just bob

    The GOP has been rejecting reality for years. Why should Boehner start now?

    December 3, 2013 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  24. ray

    all republicans should be put in prisopn for lying.

    December 3, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Name

    Actions speak louder than words, their is no compromise with the teapubs and the moderates do not have the political will to go against them in fear of being teabagged in their next primary election.

    December 3, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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