February 26th, 2009
10:32 AM ET
13 years ago

Top House Republican criticizes budget

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/26/art.boehner.gi.jpg caption="Obama's budget has been released."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The top Republican in the House of Representatives is speaking out about President Barack Obama's budget.

House Minority Leader John Boehner goes before cameras later this morning, but the Republican from Ohio is already out with a statement:

“Everyone agrees that all Americans deserve access to affordable health care, but is increasing taxes during an economic recession, especially on small businesses, the right way to accomplish that goal? Given the size of our $1.2 trillion deficit, a proposal costing up to $1 trillion must raise troubling questions.”

Filed under: John Boehner
soundoff (263 Responses)
  1. JOE

    Does John BONER still wear his knee pads when he is around the drunk BUSH???

    February 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. MN Voter

    Do you really think that it will stay at $250,000?? During the campaign the number kept getting lower.
    Well, I will bet that 95% of people posting here STILL would not be effected even if it dropped to $150,000! It will stay about where it is, the only discrepency during the campaign was between 250k or 200k - not a big difference. Also remember, this is your TAXABLE income after you have taken deductions. A 5% increase would mean approximately $2500 more per year for $250k, not going to cause any major problems for people making that much. It is simply back to the amount they used to pay before Bush gave all the wealthy people tax cuts. How about this - when you start making over $200,000 in taxable income then you can start whining about tax increases.

    February 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. MICK in MESA

    Bohner unveils latest GOP plan for the economy:
    Spread fear and smear the Obama plan, then mock it and save the best for last – LIE about it! And most of all don't offer another plan that they created.
    PS: Tax cuts for the top 5% don't count as a "plan" for the economy, tha's only payback favors for the bloated obstructionists, religious fundamentalists and Swift Boaters that make up the core of the "new" GOP...

    February 26, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. kyle from Ohio

    Barbara Campbell:

    well said: it is the ago old story of the Rich or Elite no matter what country or time in history you are talking about.

    February 26, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Andy J, Upstate NY

    duh we can just print more money

    that wont hurt anything

    February 26, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  6. James

    Mike February 26th, 2009 11:38 am ET "Having universal health care will help small business but the GOP, the party of NO needs a boogie man since it has NO ideas of their own."
    Get a clue dude Obama is not suggesting Universial Health care. He actually opposes it. Just as he opposes gay marriage but you, Sean Pen and the rest of the blind faith Dems are so blinded by Obama love that you don't even know what the man stands for!

    February 26, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  7. Kathy

    NAFTA was about TRADE. The outsorcing of jobs started with BUSH!! Are your memories so weak you do not rembmer when he said, "outsourcing jobs is GOOD for America." What he ment was the rich manufacturers that use child labor in other countries so they do not have to pay a fair wage in the USA!!!
    Geez, some of you people are nothing but Ruhs-bots.

    February 26, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. texasgreenacres

    If your old enough to remember? The loss of jobs was (THE GIANT SUCKING SOUND GOING SOUTH) NOT TO MENTION OVER SEAS.This was for seen by a great patriot Ross Perot years ago.no need to cry now. we had the chance and blew it. So suck it up, and get on with the best you can do, with what you have to do with. John Boehner IS A IDIOT! YES I SAID IDIOT He doesn't have a clue about what to do.If he did He'd have done it when Bush was President

    February 26, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  9. Joe in NJ

    "HJA February 26th, 2009 11:06 am ET

    After what the republicans have done to this country they should shut up and vanish. They put us in this mess. Why should we listen to these idiots"

    Here we go again. People spouting nonsense that the Republicans are the only ones to blame for the problems our country faces.

    February 26, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. dennis

    4 Trillion and change (we can believe in.....)

    February 26, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. Natasha/Ohio Democrat

    We all know REpublican don't read. Let Bush be the example. They're doing their usual against Democrats.........Complain,complain, complain, where were your proposal during the election you idoit!!

    February 26, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Former Republican

    I bet most, if not all, of you have not even read the outline of the budget. That includes Boehner. How can you make any intelligent comments about it?


    February 26, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Lotta Muni

    Mike in NC: Until you know the difference between the words "there" and "their" you might have trouble filling out that job application.

    February 26, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Sniffit


    February 26, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Joseph, Los Angeles

    I hope this time he drops in on his foot. Where are his ideas?

    February 26, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. JIM...TX

    Boehner is a BONE HEAD:)

    February 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Todd

    Again, reading all of these posts from the ANGRY LIB's, it's hard to remember that Obama was the one that was going to "unite the country" and take away the political bickering.

    Chalk that up as another election promise that will go unfulfilled.

    February 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Frost

    Would you understand someone else losing everything .. if your checking account balance was this?

    John McCain, Republican reported a $27.6 million
    California Republican Rep. Daryl Issa at $337.4 million
    Freshman Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker's average net worth slid from $78.1 million
    Republican Rep. Vernon Buchanan of Florida reported an average net worth of $277.8 million in 2005, but it fell to $191.7 million in 2006.

    Rep. Robin Hayes, R-N.C., of Concord, led the Carolinas list among wealthiest members of Congress. His average net worth was estimated at $82,552,100. That is eighth-highest in the House and Senate. Second-highest among the Carolinas' representatives was Sen. Elizabeth Dole, whose average net worth of $43,867,100 was 13th-largest overall.

    February 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Jill-IN

    Rep. Boehner out with a statement before he has read it – no doubt. I don't think he likes those big stacks of paper!

    February 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  20. Q

    He still has not addressed those earmarks. He promised he would cut back spending by $2 Trillion? What is that...over the next 10 years? In other words, he hardly is cutting anything out of this years budget...

    More of the same if you ask me...

    February 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  21. Sue

    As John Boehner criticized others for not reading HR.1 – if he would have read it, he would have also realized that there was no mention of "contraceptives" in it. He imputed that notion into it based on a vague reference to "family planning." He wanted to slip in a lie to spark resentment amongst the aliterate, and pro-lifers.
    One word summarizes John Boehner – hypocrite.

    February 26, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  22. frank , pennsylvania

    Republicans have killed the public trust by their persistent destructive criticism of the current administration – how do you convince the public that you are genuinely interested in helping the current government succeed than just scoring cheap political points to get back into power. As an independent, I now careless about any comments from a republican!

    February 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Don in Albuquerque

    If you have any hope left for this country "Bonner" and his like all need to go!

    February 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. carmela

    It's like soap opera, The gop is the villain and President Obama is the leading man. The gop is always sneaky, in oppose and trying to get in the leading man's way, let out all their negative energy and do everything in their power so the leading man fails, like choosing their front runner for 2012 since one of their mercenary fails last time during his response speech...and it goes on and on and on..I like villains though, they make the story interesting and it's gratifying to see them look whacky when they don't succeed and makes the leading man get the 60-70% approval rating.

    February 26, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. Jerry from Tennessee

    The real issue here is, Mr. Boehner's salary is well beyond $250K and he doesn't want to help those below his income bracket. As for the small business whinning, $250K is $250K, whether it is personal income from your small business or your income from working for another company. Bottom line, now the upper income bracket greedys are going to be required to support America in a way the middle income persons have been doing for many years.
    Get over it!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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