Boehner rejects 'do nothing' label for this Congress
December 3rd, 2013
01:01 PM ET
5 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. JimNasium

    "What are you talking about? We passed 6,987 bills repealing Obamacare? Did the Senate do that???"

    December 3, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Ulysses-AZ

    Isn't this also a "DO NOTHING" Senate? Does Harry Reid get a free pass?

    December 3, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Rusty Krus

    One has to wonder how he feels looking in the mirror at night. He sold his office out to the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class. If Boehner, Ryan and Cantor have any sense of decency left, they can't be very proud of themselves.

    December 3, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. charles

    Guys! Guys! Guys! pleasssssssssssse!! All we have to do is wait for 2014. 2014 baby!!! We will separate the BOYS from the MEN!!!! Please GOP keep doing what your are doing!! American are ignorant, we will not remember to CRUZ Shut Down, Farm's Bill that is blocked due to politics, changing the laws in state for people not to be able to vote, migration law that passed in the Senate but the speaker won't put to a vote, please keep on keeping on, we are ready for you. 2014 baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. RAWoD

    Boehner and his fellow republicans ALL pointed their middle fingers at the Senate and ALL of the rest of us. Vote NO on the GOP.

    December 3, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Brad

    Agreed. They have done an astounding amount of work blocking anything Obama has tried to accomplish.

    December 3, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Jim G.

    He looks like he's going to cry again!

    December 3, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Sal Martorano

    The republicans keep bringing up Bengazi where 4 Americans were killed. But no mention from them that g. bush led us into a war in Iraq that wasn't necessary and over 4400 Americans were killed! I guess they don't count! 

    December 3, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. MightyMoo

    The label is most fitting considering they averaged less then a full five day work week their entire time there.

    December 3, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. ChadTL

    These guys are too funny. Ok, lets take out certain things like voting against the ACA what do we have left. You can't say welfare reform with food stamps that was a matter of not voting. What was your great claim to fame besides arguing and grand standing. Your spent a lot of effort doing absolutely nothing. What did you fix? America voted for ACA, they wanted that, what did you do to improve it besides shut the government down and tell people how bad a choice it is of something they apparently wanted and then you knew it needed tweaking but didn't do anything to improve it. Did you not for get that was your job or has it become your job to stay in office because you are concerned about the minority of people who happen to be the majority of the people supporting you didn't want ACA not because its bad law but because the people supporting you have an issue with President because he is half Black African and half White American. What people trying to say is, "do your job not as a representative of the American people, not as a politician".

    December 3, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. KrjMc

    It's still considered "doing nothing" when you send bills up that are not bipartisan and have no change of making it through. We are still waiting for them to do something important and beneficial to the whole country, not just the conservatives.

    December 3, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Gary J Spanedda

    Actions speak louder than words Mr. Speaker.

    You have done NOTHING for the people of America and you sure as heck have NOT EARNED your $173,000 income!

    Shame on ALL OF YOU!

    December 3, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. myrtlemaylee

    LOL. Boehner rejects the label that all he & his ilk do is "reject". As a previous poster noted, the House GOP has been studiously involved in attempting to repeal Obamacare. Too funny.

    December 3, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Never Gone' Happen MittensRobme

    But the GOP-TeaParty DID vote to repeal Obamacare 46 times and SHUTDOWN the govt for 20 days...costting America taxpayers $20Billion dollar$ in the process!!!

    December 3, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Tom Legare

    Bigget loser in the House that's John's leagacy!!

    December 3, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Jerry Okamura

    It is not what he thinks is important, it is what the people think that is important

    December 3, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Military Vet

    The GOP has done over 80 filibuster of Presidential appointments, the most in history. killed over 300 bills, maybe the most in history. 48 votes to repeal the law of the land even though they knew they would not pass. Killed food for the hungry, refused to comsider any bills that would help veterans or poor Amercians find work. Continued to approve of our jobs being shipped overseas. To those that say it is the fault of both parties, you are absolutely wrong. The GOP/TEA PARTY is 100% at fault. Who the heck the Democrats supposed to negotiate with? It is like trying to negociate with a 4 year old child that only knows the word "NO!"

    December 3, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. Capp

    Must be talking about all the help the GOP gave the weathiest 10 percent!

    December 3, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G wrote:

    "But they DID vote to repeal Obamacare 46 times."

    And a majority of Americans support them in their vote. Why do the Democrats continue to defy the will of the American people and continue to jam Obmaacare down our throats?
    Don't you mean a a minotiry of Americans? The numbers from the 2012 election say otherwise. A majority of Americans voted for House Democrats. A majority of Americans voted for Senate Democrats. A majority of Americans voted to re-elect their Democratis President, who was first elected by running on health care reform back in 2008. A majority of Americans support some sort of health care refrom, and have no wish to digress to the status quo that saw annual double digit premium increases throughout the Bush years when Republicans ran everything.

    December 3, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Mark L

    I think all of them on capital hill have done nothing for the american people! How can they continue to act like this and still expect to get paid when they leave office. They all should be fired with no benefits at all!

    December 3, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  21. Lowkoh

    I think there should be a committee made up of 4 republicans and 4 democrats from the house and 4 democrats and 4 republicans from the senate. This committee should be the one sitting down writing out the bills and negotiating and the rest negotiate when the bill hits the floor. There is such a massive waste of time happening when a bill is written and passed by one section of the legislative process controlled by the cons and one controlled by the libs. There has to be some kind of bipartisan effort happening. People don't hate the this congress for doing nothing, they hate it for being anything but UNITED.

    December 3, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. RAWoD

    Lets vote to repeal the ACA. Then go on vacation. Then lets vote to repeal the ACA. Then go fund raising. Then lets vote to repeal the ACA. Then go on vacation. Then lets vote to repeal the ACA. Time for our summer recess. Then we will VOTE to repeal the ACA. Then we will go to campaign fund raisers. Then we will vote to repeal the ACA. (Notice how hard they've been working?)

    December 3, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Dallas

    What world is Boehner living in? Has he lost all sense of reality? Hopefully come next November he will be ousted along with many of his brethren. The country has had enough of these tea-bag do nothings.

    December 3, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. tampamike

    Lets see annual salary of $175,000 x 235 house republicans = about 41 million we can apply to the deficit they are so concerned about if we fire them all. Would any of us still have jobs if we did what they did this pass year???

    December 3, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Mymy

    Allowing basically 43 votes and debate on the house floor for repeal of Obama Care, knowing it would not make it past the senate or President, was wasting time, wasting valuable time on matters that would help move our economy forward. This was all done out of the desire to gain political points... so yes Mr Boehner, you presided over the least effective house of congress in the history of the United States.

    December 3, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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