March 6th, 2009
09:04 AM ET
14 years ago

Boehner hits Democrats after latest jobs report

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner responded to the latest dismal jobs report Friday by accusing Democrats of pursuing policies “that are only proving to make matters worse.”

Boehner said in a statement that “Washington Democrats seem more determined than ever to continue pursuing tax hikes and pork-barrel spending increases” that won’t help middle-class families.

He called on the president to follow through on his campaign promise to fight wasteful spending by vetoing the omnibus spending bill and its thousands of earmarks. He also asked Obama to work with leaders the House and Senate to enact a spending freeze for the rest of the year.

“The American people want and deserve better solutions from both parties in Washington, and they expect us to work together to make the same tough budget choices they are being forced to make during this economic downturn,” Boehner said.

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  1. JJ in FL

    Uhhh, Congressman Boehner... This budet includes some earmarks, yes... BUT... it's HALF A BILLION $$ less in earmarks than than the last budget that Bush signed... And some of Bush's budgets included more than $14 BILLION in earmarks, while this is only a little over $7 billion...

    It's not perfect, no, but it's LAST YEAR's budget, from before Obama got into office...

    Again, it's $500,000 LESS in earmarks than Bush's last signed budget, and $7 BILLION less than Bush's budget w/ the highest earmarks.

    The earmarks in this bill make up less than 1-2% of the total budget. How much is the Iraq war costing us yearly? Ohhh, YOUR president didn't wanna put that in HIS budget...

    March 6, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  2. obama-mama

    Okay what the heck is a spending freeze going to do at this time. McCain had the same sound byte during the campaign. Someone need to take a ride over to Crawford, wake Bush up and kick his tail. The only thing I hear from Republicans are tax cut and spending freeze; and then what? Everybody sit around and look at each other. I hope the whole lot is voted out in 2010. Pres. Obama has been working hard (maybe doing too much at once) but it seems there are so many fires for him to put out.

    March 6, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. simp

    blah blah blah blah... I'm so sick of this orange faced whinner would somebody please tell him to get a clue?

    March 6, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. ran

    What a joke this guy is.

    March 6, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Had It

    The Boner has spoken. Did he get Rush's approval on this?

    March 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. Joe

    I love how the Republithugs practially destroyed the nation over the last 8 years, but all of a sudden, they have all the answers!..Sorry, no credibility!!

    March 6, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  7. Lee in TN

    Boehner says the American people expects congress to work together?? Then why don't the republicans start working to reverse the mess they got us into with their failed policies, instead of just saying no to everything being done to try to fix their mess.

    March 6, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. tigerakabj

    1. President Obama is getting rid of no-bid contracts that have wasted billions (i.e. Halliburton)
    2. He already identified 2 trillion in waste over the next 10 years that he will soon purge
    3. He is raising taxes on the rich, folks who should pay back some of those 1.2 trillion in tax cuts the Republicans gave them in 2001

    Boehner thinks with only 44 days in office, Obama is going to fix the economy that their boy Bush took 8 years to break. They think we have short memories, but we don't. He need to go back to the alter of Limbaugh and get his nads back. He knows he's wrong.

    March 6, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. Randy

    The only poll that matters is the stock market and job report. That show Obama being the worst president in history. People who make this country run and employ people have spoken and they now relize he is way over his head, with or without a promter.

    March 6, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. maxx Atlanta GA

    This is why you people are idiots and should just shut the hell up!! Spending freeze how the hell will that be helping the economy?????? Is that stimulative???? why make everyone suffer because of what you boneheads did to our country. Thank God you are gone in 2010!!!!! you repugs are useless. You all want our President to fail but the people have spoken and you need to step aside and let him do the job. Don't forget he won by a landside..... you are so irrelevant go away you cannot stop the will of the people we are the majority and get that through your thick barainless unintelligent skulls. 2010 and 2012 the just say no party thats a winning strategy...It took you guys 8 years to bankrupt our country and it will take more than 35 days to get us out.

    Just shut up you losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Mark

    hmmm? You mean dumping billions of tax dollars into federal buildings didnt stimulate the economy? The media following Obamabots will be standing around looking confused when our country goes bankrupt in three years.

    March 6, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. George

    What a crybaby Mr Boehner is. Instead of trying to help our great country, he just wines. Maybe he should walk away and let a republican that wants to help step into his job. He has not said one
    positive thing since the election. Maybe he and El Rushbo want us to fail. With few jobs, good government is all that is left. Yes Mr Boehner
    GOOD GOVERNMENT. That could include you if you decide to help.

    March 6, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. Seattle Sue

    Boehner's theme song must be Twist and Shout. He continues to lie about everything. These job losses belong to Republicans, him and Bush, we have been losing jobs for over a year.Have you noticed how it has to go back 25 to 26 years to find economical statistics to be as bad as what is coming out now? Do the math, Ronald Reagan was president at that time. Now do the math on the Dow. 0ct,2007 high over 14000 points. The Dow when Obama became president, 8281 points. About 5700 points lower during Bush"s last months. So Mr Boehner let up a little, President Obama didn't do all this damage in less than 1 1/2 months.

    March 6, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. jake

    Get a Life Limbauch Slave. Do you really care? Like others in R Limbauch Party, your wish is that B.O fails right?

    March 6, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. yuri

    Boehner is bent on beratin' the Dems at the dumbest opportunity. He has no attractive alternatives, except to attack the alter-ego of the other party. This guy is so adamant that anybody, tryin' to put some sense in him, would come back swearin'. If we except him to smile, we have another think comin'

    March 6, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. ines

    GOP will never get it. Boehner is accusing Dems for 'making matters worse'. Two points:

    1 – The Dems inherited this mess

    2 – The Dems are the majority of people in this country. How is Boehner attempting to get any support by knocking the majority of America? Doesn't make sense.

    March 6, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. David

    When your entire platform as a party is Anti-business, what more do you expect?

    People are going to lose their jobs and stocks are going to go down.

    Did anyone really have any different expectations when this party took over?

    March 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. big daddy

    And what have you done for the American people Boehner ?? Same
    old do nothing GOP.. You will get yours next election also !! You make
    me ill ..

    March 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Boehner needs to tell Americans what "his" solution is, until then Boehner needs to shut the blank up.

    March 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Rorschach

    Strike a pose, Boner. That's what you and your ilk seem to do best. You offer NOTHING.

    March 6, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Grimm

    House Minority Leader John Boehner, please share some better ideas. Simply casting stones at the ideas already expressed is not enough.

    March 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  22. simmy

    Boehner and other Republicans will stop at nothing in their attempts to taint the image of President Obama. He didn't mention the fact that there are Republicans with projects within the Bill. Let Rep. go line by line and explain why they need funding. Many of those projects are not pork. They will allow individuals to be hired. Such propaganda is sickening. Don't let Republicans get away with their same old tricks year after year. Rush has told them to continue to pound their same message everyday, and they do what Limbaugh says.

    March 6, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  23. katiec

    Why do the republicans not come up with any workable solution??
    They point fingers, grandstand for the press, distort and spread their negativity, but have not offered any workable, accountable, acceptable ideas or policies.The continuation of the same is what brought our country to the numerous crisises, yet their concern for our country
    and the American people is greatly lacking.
    We Americans are so tired of the bickering, pandering, party first mentallity and demand politicians do what they were elected to do.
    The survival of our country needs to have priority over EVERYTHING!!!

    March 6, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Julie

    Only The Boner could make a comment that 6 weeks of the presidency of Barack Obama is more instrumental to job loss than 8 years of the George Bush administration and thinks that Americans are going to buy into that. Sometimes we can be pretty gullible, but not that gullible. If the GOP is smart, they will work hand in hand with the Obama administration to do whatever it takes to improve our situation. If they are seen as standing in the way of something that might work, they are going to suffer in 2010.

    I have yet to hear any member of the GOP say what should be done instead of just saying, "not that". When they are asked directly, they dance all around the subject but never answer the question.

    March 6, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  25. Had It

    I noticed he voted AGAINST the mortgage bill. Guess all his constituents in Ohio are employed and keeping their houses.

    He certainly got an increase in pay and gets healthcare provided by OUR TAXES.

    March 6, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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