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. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    The voice of reason is not loud enough to sound out President Obama's liberal clones (they are still out there marching to the beat
    of their own drum). Wish they could turn around and go in the right,
    and upright direction.

    May 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    My question is what does he believe that Congress and the President can do to spur the economy to restart. If the Republicans are going to be bipartisan, what are they willing to give up and go along with the Democrats on? I am missing what policies and plans the Republicans are offering to get the economny restarted. Tax cuts only do so much. I was wondering where their spending cuts were when they were in charge.

    May 8, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. Gary

    Forget for a minute who is saying the words and reread them. He is absolutely right, we cannot keep up this insane borrowing pattern. It is going to permanently cripple our economy.

    Here is the thing, we are 5% of the world populations and 18% of the world economy. We cannot stop the natural business cycles from causing ups and downs, especially when oil prices play such a prominent role and we have less than 5% of the world's oil.

    We need to cut spending, balance the budget and learn to live within our means. I am afraid that Obama and the Democrats are determined to spend even more recklessly than Bush and the Republicans did (I wouldn't have believed it possible!) Impeach Obama! Impeach Obama! We need a third party now!

    May 8, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  4. Tab

    He couldn't possibly be referring to the Republican stimulus/budget with no numbers is he? Really? For eight long years, tax cuts made the wealthy, wealthier. Please somebody show me how their "bipartisan" proposal helps Americans and not Corporations.

    May 8, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. I can see Canada from my house!

    Arrogance? Is he forgetting who ran Washington for most of the last decade and openly boasted of the fact they did not need Democratic votes? They did not provide the means for proper oversight of where money was going and how it was spent, and now they scream about irresponsible behavior?

    Boehner's projections about job growth and cost savings are based on wishful thinking. His approach wiped out 401ks and college savings, and he proposes only more of the same. I hate the fact we have to spend this kind of money to get things going again, but the supply-siders have left us with little choice. The truth is that Boehner and his cabal don't want to work with the president. They want failure for the country so they can feel good about themselves, and they will never assume responsibility for their failures.

    May 8, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. John from Long Island NY

    House Minority Leader John Boehner obviously had a canned response planned and waiting- his response would have been the same regardless of the news. The fact that the unemployment level increased, but at a lower rate than anticipated and that there have been improvements on both Wall Street and the Housing Market appear to have been ignored by the Republican Leadership. They are now not just the Party of NO- they are the Party of NO NEW IDEAS.

    May 8, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Gabriel

    Where was John Beohner eight years ago... Get the hint the people do not like your old ways we as a people are moving forward, and it looks like Spector is coming along for the ride.

    May 8, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Dave

    He was a bit too early on the attack, because these numbers are actually very good for Obama and the Dems. Given the trend, I expect next month's unemployment will be up very so slight, followed by a slight drop in June, and then real decreases in the back half of the year. I think JB gave Obama a great setup here. JB can't issue blame statement like this and try to call it pure luck when the economy recovers in a few months.

    Bad move.

    May 8, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. Sue

    Look at another Rush Limbaugh clown! Where was Boehner when the President was reaching out to him? They all prayed for the Contry to fail and now look at who is talking bi-partisanship.
    Boehner, you're a joke.

    May 8, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |

    Oh Boner what Bi Partisanship Your april Fools day Budget with 2 Pages hahah Please dont make me Laugh, Boner you see You and Your Party are In SHAMBLES Right Now! you cant even Control your Party how in Gods name Can you help Fix your Messes YOU CREATED? Someone has to clean up after you and Bush so let the Grownups take care of it Why dont you think reral hard and COME UP WITH SOME NEW IDEAS!

    May 8, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. renee

    his response was ready before the report came out!!!! or he was just sitting there anxiously waiting for it!!!! you decide

    May 8, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Bill Bloom

    Speaking of arrogance doesn't suggest a bipartisan tone. What's it gonna be, Boehner? Cooperation and compromise or continued vitriol and "just say no"?

    May 8, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. The Unshrub

    Beohner is the most arrogant individual in Washington and the one who refuses to cooperated. It was the republicans spending policies that got us into this mess in the first place, but now he places all of the blame on Obama and the Democrats.

    May 8, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. Dave

    Ahhhh, shaddap, Boner. The Dems haven't had a "go it alone" approach, and you can't fool us, because we've been watching and we've SEEN them reaching out to Republicans. And all the Republicans have been doing is saying "NO!" and complaining without offering any ideas, and then having silly tea parties and threatening secession. It takes two to "bi-party-ate," and your guys are the ones not holding up your end of the deal. And this statement of yours is just more "no, no, no."

    Yes you can... can it.

    May 8, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Bill/Ft. Worth

    Still the Party of No.

    May 8, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  16. kirksnosehair

    yawn, yawn, yawn, where was your outrage when Bush was spending us into this mess, you hypocrite?

    May 8, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Phil

    Congressman Beohner,

    There was no bipartisanship when the Republicans controlled the WH and Congress. Democrats were no even allowed in the room.

    There was excessive spending to Republican projects ( i.e, Bridge to nowhere, etc ) . In fact the was record spending and deficits during the Bush years.

    You said the President's plan to cut some waste did not go far enough. Well let me suggest this plan to you. Why don't you come up with a list of projects that were initiated by Republicans during the Bush Administration that you feel are a waste of taxpayers money and
    propose eliminating them from the budget. This way as the leader of your party in the House you can set the example for the leaders of the new Democratic Majority. If you are not willing to do this, then you should shut your mouth.

    The Republicans acted with very little self control during the Bush years, in fact the only time that Republicans ever seem to be true fiscal conservatives in when the are not in the majority.

    May 8, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. shucks

    Yes Mr. Boner, and that means that you just can't say no to everything this incredible administration is doing. You have not offered one logical, realistic idea that would help the economy any more that in the last 8 years of ruination of the American dream brought on by your previous administrations lack of a domestic agenda. Your whole 8 years revolved around making as much money for the wealthy as possible and scaring Americans into unreasonable and immoral acts of war. Still remember that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 and yet we spent trillions and trillions of American taxpayer dollars for the phoney war. You input and the republican parties input at this time is irrelevant, just like there was no bipartisanship over the last 8 years. Bush didn't even try. Republicans will be on the losing end of policy making and ideas, until you have ones that are logical and sound.

    May 8, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Randy

    Obama has zero interest in creating jobs, it is a power grab. We have already given the car companies to the unions who are the reason they are in BK now. He has already said the 17 billion we gave GM and Chrysler will not be paid back. He does not care!

    May 8, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Kofi, Chicago

    GOP still do not get it, 'it all about politics forget the American people' and the 2.9% pay raise to the men and women in the military in the Obama budget.

    May 8, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. jon

    It seems to me that 6 years ago, the Dems were asking the same thing about bipartisanship in congress and the Rep. seem to have snubbed their nose at it then. Now the other shoe has fallen, they get to see how it feels to be left out of the descision making process.

    I consider myself a Independent because both of the parties do not have the intrests of the average americans at heart. WE, the people, need to remember that we do have the right to stand up and make sure our government works for us. Not the other way around. For too long special interest and lobbiests have held our politiians interest and pocket books, leaving the average american to foot the bill for descisions that do not help get a better and more afordable health care system, ,education and resource management. The average person should be able to make enough money to own the home they live in, without having to fear that the bank is going to take it away every 6 months.

    May 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. Dante in Madison, WI

    I think the alcohol has affected Boner's brain. What have the Republicans done to "help" Americans lately? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

    What are their big plans to help out the common citizen? Tax cuts for the wealthiest and for large corporations.

    Yeah, that's really going to help the average American pay down their debts and feel secure about their job.

    May 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Republicans are the American Taliban

    That's because Rep. Boner listens to, then repeats Sean Hannity's hate filled commentary from the night before. I thought the Republicans were deep in thought coming up with their new budget proposals, but apparently they have lots of time to spin more distortions of facts then Twitter to each other. How sad...

    May 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Mit Jones

    It is interesting to note that everything he blames on the Democrats is really what the republicans have been doing.

    May 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Robert

    I agree with John Boehner!

    May 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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