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. Dan, TX

    Republicans have just as much pork in the bill as democrats. You want to solve the pork problem. Get all the republicans to remove their pork, then shame the dems into removing theirs. Criticizing the democrats while you hope like heck they can get your pork through for you is not going to cut it. We can see what you are doing.

    March 6, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. bendo

    Can the repugs actually come up with any other ideas to "help" the situation other than come out an say what the President is trying is bad? Is this the way they expect to regain power in Washington? They dont want the President to succeed because if he does, they dont suceed in getting back to a majority status in Congress and the WH. The only power base they have right now is the SC. But even the SC is in danger of going liberal if one or two of their conservative brethern dies. This is the botttom line from the repugs: Obama fails, we suceed, that simple.

    March 6, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Cindy

    And what would the job loss figure be, had AIG, numerous banks, all 3 car companies, and the related companies, been allowed to fail, as the Republican's had preferred?

    Yes, we need better solutions, better cooperation, from the Republicans, not Obama. Obama's trying to save the country. Republicans are just trying to save their Party.

    March 6, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. LGriff

    I still haven't heard any solutions from you republicans. If you don't have ideas don't complain. Complaining isn't going to get things done, either.

    Put up or SHUT UP!!!!! Simple as that

    March 6, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Still talking partisan trash, aren't you Mr. Boehner?

    March 6, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    Boehner is an imbecile! How can you give tax cuts to those who aren't receiving a paycheck? Who does that benefit? The rich aren't spending as much as they had hoped they would. If that were the case, then Bush's initial stimulus program would have worked. The majority of the people who received stimulus checks last year either paid down on their bills or saved it for a rainy day. How did that help stimulate the economy? People need jobs! Obama's plan will help to create jobs! Tax hikes are needed to generate revenue. If everyone is losing their jobs, then they're not purchasing anything – hence the decline in retail sales – which will result in less sales tax revenue.

    March 6, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    The Republicans seem to have all the answers now that there's a Democrat in the White House. When Bush was in office and while they controlled both houses for SIX of the last eight years, they didn't seem to know what to do but now that the tables have been turned they seem to know it all.

    They're all a bunch of know-it-all that know NOTHING!

    March 6, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. S.B.

    His idea of working together seems to be to say "no" unless the Republicans get their way. I have yet to see any evidence that they really want to work with Democrats to solve problems. I don't think a spending freeze would be appropriate at present when more money may be needed to clean up Bush's mess. As for the earmarks, I'm sure many of them will help create jobs. I just think they should be carefully screened and prioritized. As for tax hikes, the rich have been getting way more than their share of the pie, and look at the mess it's created. I have no problems with raising their taxes. The Republicans act like it would be a huge increase instead just returning the tax rate to what it was during the Clinton years. Actually, I think a tax rate of 50% on the super rich wouldn't be out of line. The gigantic contracts of athletes, entertainers, and many CEO's are way out of line with their benefit to society. Some of these same Republicans begrudge a teacher a $50,000 salary.

    March 6, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. Liz in Texas

    Has Boehner ever met a microphone he didn't love? Does he do anything constructive...sheesh. He cares more about the destruction of President Obama than he does the destruction of the United States.

    March 6, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Mike

    Political posturing at its worst. Anyone that expected that Obama or any elected official could fix this mess in less than 90 days is delusional. As an independent voter I grow to despise both parties more each day.

    March 6, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. KJ, CA

    This is interesting as it was these same Republicans when the economy started to fail with Bush as President who said that it was actually the policies of the Clinton Administration that was causing the failures as it takes several years for the policies of an Administration to be reflected...

    Can we please stop playing political games and get to the business of running this country and serving the people?

    March 6, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Maximized Manhood

    What the ? What an idiot. Republicans hope this country fails and to me it sounds like treason!!!

    March 6, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. Carol

    The Presidents time in the WhiteHouse numbers in the days and they're already blaming him for the crisis that has been brewing and growing for years?

    Sounds like they're already working on a 2012 campaign, now that is political.

    However I will agree in some part that the other Dems in Washington are trying to shove through all their personnel projects.

    Guess what the majority of Americans are sick of almost all of you in Washington, both Democrat and Republicans because nearly NONE of you actually are doing the will of the people. Both sides are doing the will of their respective party.

    March 6, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. Steve

    Where was this loud mouth Boehner while Bush was spending like a drunken sailor?? What are his solutions? They can't even get their party together!!! As far as working together? He's the main one who yell NO before he even knows what he's saying NO too!! Stick it Boehner!!

    March 6, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. James L.

    Congressman Boehner, tell me if you have something to offer other then your 2-faced comments. What about a seggested solution. Also, where were you when Bush was making policies to get America in this situation? What did you offer Bush/Cheney (advice wise) to prevent the current situation from getting to this point? More DENIAL I suspect!

    March 6, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  16. Once you vote Black

    Boehner is out of touch with the American people if he thinks they want a spending freeze. How will a spending freeze create more jobs? GOP people want Jobs, Credit, Healthcare! Tax cuts and spending freezes will not do that. It is because you think as you do that we elected Obama. For your own sake, take a holiday, let him do what he said he would do, and pick yourself a leader so you can put together a game plan. A strong GOP is important to check the Dems, but you guys have to be functional when you do it. Otherwise you will just keep thrashing about like a giant on his way down causing more trouble then anything. Fix yourselves, we need you.

    March 6, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. Roony

    obviously the answer to unemployment is to cut taxes for the wealthy

    March 6, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. HSNP

    Stuff it, Boner!!

    March 6, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Once you vote Black

    GOP, fix yourselves up, we need you. Get well soon.

    March 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Lesley

    What is he talking about? Obama is cutting taxes for 95% of Americans. And the wealthier 5% won't see tax hikes until the Bush cuts expire and even at that they will be paying what they paid when their tax hero Reagan left office. I do agree that Obama should veto the omnibus bill and send it back for renegotiation, but House Dems made it clear that the bill will not be opened up again. He could put pressure on them but his thinking is always the big picture, the earmarks represent 2% of the bill and he wants to move forward with the other 98% of it and not get mired down. With the Repubs in Congress also contributing to the so-called pork, there will never be a time when earmarks are eliminated. No president can do that so accept that earmarks are a way of life for congressman, and Boehner's party is guilty as well.

    March 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  21. Jackie in Dallas

    As if 44 days in office is enough to stem the tide of inertia and the economic disaster!

    Does that mean Boehner is ready to give up HIS earmarks? Doubt it. Under Bush, 12,000 earmarks were in the budget, 60% put in there by the GOP. This budget reduces that down to 8,000 – a 40% reduction. And just about 40% of those earmarks are again from the GOP members of the House which just so handily constitute about 40% of the seats. So I presume that we can cut those GOP earmarks as seriously as we do the Democrats? Heavens, no! The GOP's are sacred, it is just the Democrats earmarks that are pork! Bull pooky!

    Earmarks make up bare 1% of the budget. Where more serious cuts need to be made is the bulk of the budget where it really matters! I'd like to hear less about the earmarks and a heck of a lot more details about the defense budget, the government agency budgets, and the really big ticket items. One fighter plane can pay for ALL the earmarks in the budget, plus some. One $600,000 toilet can fund a lot of NASA projects!

    Let's get real, people. Yes, Bridges to Nowhere need to come out, I'm not saying they don't, but the crucial areas of the budget are the ones noone is talking about, as usual!

    March 6, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool

    Censored again, thank you CNN, but I will not go away!
    The Voice of Freedom and Liberty will not be censored.

    March 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  23. Anonymous

    12 millian out of a job not paying income tax now do the math who pays the bill

    March 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  24. AnnMM

    Boehner is a moron. Obama's been President for 6 weeks. The mess the Bush regime created is going to take years to turn around. Boehner, in a nutshell, is everything that's wrong with the Republican party.

    March 6, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  25. KLS

    Our economic melt down began under President Bush's leadership. The economic mess DID NOT happen 1 month ago or even two years ago; this was YEARS in the making. Our nation had been in a recession for a year prior to President Obama taking office. Just how in the world can this now be President Obama's doing? The recent policy changes have NOT even started. The turn around is going to take a long time.

    March 6, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
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