May 8th, 2009
09:01 AM ET
13 years ago

Boehner responds to Friday's unemployment numbers

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The quickest reaction to this morning's unemployment report apparently goes to House Minority Leader John Boehner.

His office sent out a statement of Boehner's reaction to the April jobs report just six minutes after the Labor Department announced the news, which shows that the nation's unemployment level jumped to 8.9 percent.
(Read Boehner's full statement after the jump)

"About two and a half million jobs have been lost since the beginning of the year, yet some here in Washington continue to believe that we can borrow and spend our way back to prosperity. Rather than working across the aisle on plans to create more jobs, rebuild Americans' savings, and reinvigorate the housing market, the spending, taxing, and borrowing binge that the Administration and Congress have set out on in the first four months of this year isn't helping our economy."

Washington's arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation to improve job prospects for millions of Americans. Republicans have taken every opportunity to reach out to the President and find areas of agreement. We offered a stimulus bill that created twice the jobs at half the price as the Democrats' bill. Our budget alternative curbed spending, created jobs by cutting taxes, and controlled the debt. And we've proposed legislation to help Americans' rebuild their nest eggs and college savings for their children. Unfortunately, the Democrats in control of Congress have chosen a go-it-alone approach. It's time for the President and the Democratic leadership in Congress to reverse course and embrace this opportunity for real bipartisan action to help put more Americans back to work."

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soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. rjstolb


    May 8, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Portland. Maine

    "Washington's arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation to improve job prospects for millions of Americans"

    To bad John Beohner doesn't practice what he preaches.....

    May 8, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Steve

    Sorry John, you have ZERO credibility and as most Americans are showing we trust the Democrats and Obama to do what is right. What we are all seeing is the future, not just a "what is in it for me now". We all realize that these tough times are going to bring about a stronger America 10-20 years from now because we will have in place regulated corporations who aren't driving just profits, we will have universal health care, education and energy jobs that will sustain us for the long term. These are all things that your party chose to avoid and ignore because they are tough decisions and tough decisions require leadership to make them happen. We have seen what your leadership and that of the GOP & Bush administration have provided and it cost us dearly in credibility, jobs and wasted debt. I will put my faith in the integrity of this administration. These are new ideas and new agendas and spending money is needed to accomplish these tasks. Obama has never said that jobs would grow quickly. On the contrary he has been forthright in telling us it will get worse before it gets better. What we are seeing is a leveling off of this recession and as everyone knows jobs take longer to build. So please do us all a favor John. Sit back and watch real leadership work. Your ineffective handling of the past 8 years is the cause of our current problems so your voice is moot.

    May 8, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  4. southerncousin

    The Obama philosophy is keep taxing those who create jobs until everybody is on the welfare class and then we can achieve want my buddies Fidel and Raul have in Cuba and Hugo has in Venezuala.

    May 8, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  5. carlo

    We knew the unemployment numbers would go up until the end of the year, possibly reaching 10% before it goes down. Why is Permatan pretending like this is such a shock?

    May 8, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Jason

    This statement was obviusly pre fabricated, as pretty much everything is these days from the republicans. And it demonstrates that Rep Behner has no interest in deviating from preplanned talking points and working across the aisle to fix America's problems. He's no different from those he takes a cheap shot at. it ought to play well with the repubvlicans dwindling base.

    May 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Spb

    This guy has big ones talking about bi partisanship. Is he kidding? He led the Bush years to get us into this mess and now he wants to pretend he and others like him have the "fresh" ideas to get us out? Let me guess, tax cuts? or maybe tax cuts? It is time for these clowns to sit down and shut up. Did anyone acutally look at their "alternate Budget" proposal. If we didnt let me give you a two word synopsis of what their answer was "tax cuts. Thats right, the same guys who cut taxes while keeping the expense of the 2 wars they got us into out of the budget so it all looked rosy now want to cut taxes for the wealthiest 1% among us. They have lost all credibility and need to back off and watch the steps the government has taken start to work. If we are still in this mess a year from now, then they may have the right to step up to the mic. Until then, leave the rest of us poor folks alone.

    May 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  8. b franklin

    Perfectly worded!!
    The arrogance of the Democrats and their uncanny ability to convince the American people time and again that they are the party of the people, when they are just about securing power for themselves ( Just look at the attitude of entitlement from the Clintons and now the Obamas), will lead them to being in the minority sooner than people think.

    May 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  9. Eileen

    Man, Boehner is so full of it I can smell him from here!

    May 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. nathan

    in other words, "we want bipartisanship for you to help us do everything our way, we dont want bipartisanship to help you do everything your way"... wait... who won the elections?

    May 8, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  11. Kevin in Ohio

    Yep, these unemployment numbers belong SOLELY to Obama, Pelosi, and Reid.

    May 8, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  12. What???

    "We offered a stimulus bill that created twice the jobs at half the price as the Democrats' bill."

    If you believe this BS then I have a Governor in South Carolina that I want to give you....
    Its real funny to me that they have all the answers now but didnt have them 8 years ago.
    Its real funny to me that they are losing members of their own party but still believe what they are doing is right!

    May 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  13. Neel

    Your 14 page budget was going to get us out of this mess? As the markets rally, stress test results come back more positive than hoped for, and our economy comes out of a freefall, jobs will be the last to come back. Its simple logic really- the egg comes before the chicken in this case. How can one expect jobs to come before companies have money to create new jobs? Unless Boehner, you are suggesting that government create new jobs- but according to your Republican counterparts, that's socialism. So wait it out sir... wait it out.

    May 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  14. Minnesotan

    Considering that Bohner and the GOP supported all of the Bush policies that started the recession and job losses, he's hardly one to criticize anyone. I'm really sick of these hypocrite Republicans.

    May 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. chris

    ummmmm, does he not realize that the economy is coming out of a recession because of the stimulus. Republicans need to seriously think about what they say. They lost the election, now get over it and start offering solutions not criticize any thing the president proposes

    May 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. sonny chapman

    Surprise ? Repubs. have said that they want Obama to fail. What was MCcain' campaign slogan, "Country First" ?

    May 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  17. william

    Maybe if the repubs would stop trying to make the president look bad and really did something besides act like a bunch of upset infants that lost the election they could help make some steps in the right direction. You know when a new boss takes over first you get along and then maybe you help move a long. I mean every boss comes in and wants to make changes, you may not like them but you live with it and try to act like a adult

    May 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  18. william shaw

    He is exactly right that the dems are trying to go this alone. It has been obvious for months now that Obama has no plans to reach across the aisle. His spending is scary and I have a lot of sympathy for tomorrow's generation that will have to pay off his spending. Two Sunday's ago the government ran out of money for fiscal 09. We are now in fiscal 10 with absolutely no projections on revenue for 2010. How can one spend money that one does not have? All of America better hope the Chinese doesn't cut off the flow of money to the government or we've had it. Willysf4.

    May 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. obama/mama

    Why do they allow this guy to continue pushing his tax cuts for rich folks. Get him outta here.

    May 8, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  20. mike in portland

    Let's just take one point – Republican's stimulus bill "created twice the jobs at half the price of the Democrat's bill"? The R's "bill" was so bereft of details that they were unable to point to any savings. It was another example of the party of No.

    Does anyone really take these guys seriously anymore?

    May 8, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  21. Some Guy

    Boener should stop being so hard on the Democrats. ; )
    Have a nice day!

    May 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    Boy...that was a canned would have probably been the same had the country only lost 1 job. "Washington's arrogance" should have been replaced with "The arrogance of the republicans in congress over the past 15 years have brough us to this point."

    Earth to Boner~ this is what I/we voted for!!! Elections have consequenses!!!

    May 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. Big Ed

    That must be all he does: find something to complain about He sure isn't offering any real solutions! By the way; Nice tan!

    May 8, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    No doubt Mr. Boehner is confusing himself with someone who really cares about the future of Americans because whatever it is he thinks he has proposed or how he wants us to think he has tried to be bipartisian, I only remember him as saying "NO", "NO", and "NO". Job losses are the result of the recession which was the result of 8 years of well, you know, his own failed policies. And so on and so on and so on. I am still waiting for the GOPs trickle down economics to trickle on down to me.

    May 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Educated voter

    Again with the negativity... And the new administration did cut taxes, for over 85% of Americans. I'm not sure how he can continue to be so negative.
    Plus the voters chose Obama and the democrats, so it is the republincans who must work with them, take what they can get and stop complaining.
    Now I don't agree with everything our new administration has done, but I agree with the over all work.
    And to say that this new budget, including the deficit is causing people to lose jobs is a complete lie. John, needs to come forth and be honest. It was the growing deficit under Bush and the lack of financial oversight. It has nothing to do with this administration. Now, the jobs rate in 6-18 months, if it is still bad, will be the cause of the new administration.

    May 8, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
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