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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  1. mississippi man

    Again all talk and not action. Bipartisan does not mean my way or no way Senator Boehner. Rep are a dieing breed, would the last one out please turn off the lights

    May 8, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Mr. Phil

    The Democrats have chosen to go it alone because the only "solution" offered by Repubs for job creation is to lower taxes on BIG business. Do they really think the corporate honchos would use the tax-savings to create jobs? Of course they won't. They'll ship most of it overseas and whatever is left they'll use to fill their own coffers. The Dems will work with you the minute you stop saying NO to everything. Compromise is a TWO way street Boehner!!!

    May 8, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. jason

    Now you'll see a million comments on this from liberals saying" blah, blah, party of NO" but the truth is, Republicans have had an alternative to every high flying spending spree, welfare program that the democracts have put out. There is absolutely no way to disagree with that. The problem is, the media have picked up on this "party of no" and run with it. Free advertising for the Obama admin....ESPECIALLY CNN.

    May 8, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. GET REAL.

    "We won't work with you, you suck.
    We won't work with you, you can't do anything right.
    We won't work with you, why won't you work with us?"
    Nice try, republicans... Your reasoning may look sound from your perspective, but your original premise is still the big issue here. No compromise, no alternatives, just a big, fat NO. Little kids, grow TFU.

    May 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Seattle Sue

    John Beohner forgot to tell us how many jobs were lost in 2008, it was in the millions. G.W. Bush is credited with creating 2.1 million jobs in eight years. His dad G.H.W. Bush had 2.6 jobs created in his four years. $.7 million jobs created during twelve years of Bush team. Even Carter has credit for 10.3 million jobs in only four years. Go Google.

    May 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Too True For You

    "Washington's arrogance must be replaced by a new spirit of bipartisan cooperation" Ha Ha Ha Ha! This coming from the foremost speaker for the Party of "No"! Their idea of bipartisanship is "you abandon you rnew ideas and adopt our old failed ideas, and we'll vote with you".

    To quote Bill Clinton “Well first of all, he (Obama) has reached across, and it takes two to tango. I find it amazing that the Republicans who doubled the debt of the country in eight years and produced no new jobs doing it, gave us an economic record that was totally bereft of any productive result are now criticizing him for spending money. “

    May 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Mike

    This is a load of BS.
    This was a prepared statement; Beohner did not read the jobs report, digest it's contents and then prepare this statement all in 6 minutes.
    Enough with tax cuts as the end all and be all solution to every single problem.
    Are the Republicans so thick in the head that they just can't consider alternative solutions?
    Nobody wants the administration to have to spend money, but if you look at the Federal budget, most of the big ticker items are mandatory items, such as health care & defense costs – these account for over 75% of the budget. Common sense would indicate that both of these costs need to reduced in order to reduce the overall budget and ultimately reduce the deficit.
    In a recession where so many people were out of work and we were in a spiral that started with Sub prime mortgages and generally, Americans spending more than they made, tax cuts alone would not have solved this, so give it a rest already.
    Republicans have reached across the aisle? Which aisle are you referring to Mr. Beohner? When the President came over to Capitol Hill to speak with the Republican Congress, you and the leadership of the GOP had already asked your members not to support the President's measure – BEFORE you even heard what he had to say. If this is bipartisanship in action, then good luck. Just stop being a hypocrite!

    May 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |

    It is very scary that we passed a 1.5 trillion dollar stimulus bill (almost $110,000.00 per unemployed worker) and unemployment continues to rise. I would think that spending that much money would create instant help?
    The Republicans suggested taking some of that money for increased oil exploration. That would have created instant jobs, plus some profit sharing back to the tax payers(see Alaska) It would have reduced our independence and kept our fuel prices low. Been to the pump lately?.?.?.. it is creeping its way back up to $4 bucks a gallon. But sadly ,for political purpose Obama wouldn’t spend a dime on oil. It is all green or nothing at the expense of the people. Feel the change?

    May 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. CAL

    Your plan is more of the same junk, raising taxes and looking out for the wealthy. Boehner you lost, lost lost. Look at the credibility of your party, it's sad nobody trust you clowns. You can't handle the fact that the President has such a high rating among the american people and you and your party do not. This president is a very intellegent man and he knows what he is doing. You come out of the woodwork with your whinning when you hear one negative thing, looks like you sit back and wait for something to happen so you can start your whinning, look how long this report was out before you start spurring you negativity, 6 minutes, the report was out 6 minutes and you jumped out there spreading the negativity pathetic. I don't blame the President for not dealing with you idiots, you have no vision only the same ole same ole.

    May 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Mike O'Brien

    Somewhat good news.., the unemployment rate is starting to level off. However.., there is 'no' company or small business owners that are 'hiring'. We are stagnant when it comes to 'hiring'. Mike in Montana

    May 8, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Lori

    Oh my goodness... I nearly fell out of my chair laughing so hard. Does Boehner and his fellow idiots actually think we believe this nonsense? Yeah... I saw the Republicans budget and it did very little for education, helping to make college affordable, fixing the housing market, etc. etc. Plus, their budget still had us TRILLIONS in debt (a debt they conveniently forget- they caused. Oh, how quickly their tea bagging followers forget.). The jobless claims went down and they have nothing to do but talk about spending as if their alternative would leave us at a surplus. Oh, that's right... their policies included tax cuts which hurt (I mean, would help) the economy, right (lol)? Keep up the good work Mr. President. As the economy picks up, the American people will stay loyal to you. We won't let the GOP rewrite history ever again.

    May 8, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Really

    WOW response in 6 min but unable to read the stimulus bill? Seems like mr cantor is a speed reader to me. Perhaps the rupublicans can take speed reading lessons from him? OH>>>>>>>>who am I kidding they have never even attempted to read ANYTHING just ready with prepared statments that center around their oh so successfull NO campaign.........TOOLS, just keep it up the only ones who beleive the words that come out of your collective mouths are the the 21% of the population that willfully swallow whatever you want to tell them to...............I suggest that you continue this policy considering how much success you have had.

    May 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. karina

    Boehner is full of it!! Does he really expect clear thinking people from both parties to believe that he and the party has tried to work across the aisle? When you are dubbed the party of "no", it's obvious who is not trying to reach across the aisle. Look, what the repubs need to focus on is getting the country back in the black, pardon the pun. And then focus on how to unite the party afterwards. They are killing themselves at every turn and it just looks pitiful. I don't know whether to pity them or be grateful for the party's ensuing demise.

    May 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. williefloyd

    Same old GOP talk-our way or no way. Haven't understood yet how cutting taxes will create jobs-sounds like a long-very long-shot to me.

    May 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. John, Brooklyn, NY

    Its sad that Boehner has decided to take a cynical, partisan position on addressing the issue of millions of unemployed Americans.

    There has been every sign that the Obama administration has consistently reached out to Republicans for compromised plans...yet, even once tentative agreements are made...when it comes to votes, Republicans regress in lockstep into an us-versus-them approach to legislative wins and losses. This approach will not serve them well since their tit-for-tat whining is resulting in even further alienating the GOP from the American public.

    May 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Phil of Licking Co, Ohio

    Beohner's definition of bipartisanship is: do it the Republican way with no compromise.

    May 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Scott - Fort Worth - TX

    THIS? From the same turd and his Party that brought this all down on our heads? Please! Spare me!

    May 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Boehner didn't get Cheney's message to exit the stage.

    May 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Chris A

    I would consider myself a moderate, socially aligning with Democrats but have at times agreed with both Democrats and Republicans on fiscal discussions. I am a proponent of free enterprise but the current crisis to me has shown me that some level of government involvement could be advantageous to keep a crisis like we currently have from spiraling downward at such a rapid pace.

    But I have to say, I am so sick of Senator Beohner and others in the Republican party at every opportune moment stomping their feet like an immature 4th grader and constantly playing the victim role. There is a reason the Republican party is so far out of power and I will use Senator Beohner's own words in reference to him. It's because of his attitude and the arrogance of his entire party, the elitist notion and sense that their word and policy is bible, is why the American people have thrown you out of office and will keep you there until you are back in touch with reality.

    May 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Oski

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

    I haven't seen a single GOP proposal this year that promised to create even a single job. They've proposed more Bush-style tax cuts in the hopes that more of the policies that got us into this mess will get us out, but nothing that would affiratively create even one guaranteed job.

    May 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Gov Perry is anti-American

    Oh please! The GOP does not know what a balanced budget looks like.

    May 8, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    hey John.....ARE YOU KIDDING? "Republicans have reached out.." What a crock.

    May 8, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. jaye

    Boehner and his republican party is the cause of this mess. Period!

    May 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. J. L. W.

    John Beohner is correct. The Democrats plan to borrow huge sums of money on a non partisan bases creating colossal debt which will result in higher taxes and put a huge financial burden on future generations.

    May 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Lloyd

    Why would anyone listen to anything from the PARTY of NO.

    May 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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