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."

Filed under: Economy
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Danny in Chicago

    It's time for the lies to end Boehner. No one believes your crap anymore. What are you going to do when not only have your ideas been proven to be bad, but the oppositions ideas are proven to be very good?

    You better start thinking about that bud, because all the signs are pointing you in the wrong direction!

    May 8, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Tom

    John Boehner is exactly that. Do they seriously think people are going to believe a word that comes out of their mouths after running up the debt for 8 years? And all for the benefit of the rich, as our economy crumbles? They aren't exactly a reputable bunch to be talking about anything.

    May 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Obama is expected,according to Beohner,to dig the US out of a hole which Bush dug in eight years just in 100 days.What of the 3million jobs lost last year and also the ones lost this year before Obama took office? He had prepared the response to be released in just six minutes after the announcement. The walk inside the wilderness will be long for the Republicans.

    May 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. sgj

    Wow! How does he look himself in the mirror everyday?

    May 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. jim

    6 minutes? It would seems Boehner was a little over eager to get in a political jab.
    Has anyone else noticed that their is nothing specific to the report in this response?

    May 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. John

    Yes, if we only keep doing what got us in this mess. This man is a total idiot. His first and formost concern is using everything for poltical advantage. "Cutting taxes" for yourself and your big campaign contributors is STILL not the answer. HE could have implimented any program he wanted to but didn't because they where lying about the problem. You can not trust this snake.

    May 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  7. lovable liberal

    First prize! For a canned press release that Boehner's office obviously prepared in advance and could have issued any time.

    This is only a reaction to the new numbers in the sense that Boehner is a voice of reactionary Republican politics of sitting on their hands.

    May 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Rick CT

    Oh but John, we are working to create jobs. That's what the $770 billion stimulus package was all about – it saved or created 3.5 million jobs. Without that, we would have lost about 6.1 million jobs so far this year.

    May 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. Chip

    Cutting corporate taxes and allowing companies to bring their current cash back on shore without penalty would boost the economy more than cranking up the penalties for being productive. Cutting more of the bogus gov't programs, as Obama started on yesterday, would prove a great help as well.

    Right now, the government IS the economy. They need to get their nose out of everyone's business.

    If I build a workshop on my property, the government wants to tax it. It's an improvement. That improvement was funded with my dollars that have already been taxed.

    The land, which is located in the county, should probably be taxed although I, theoretically by deed, own it. If I add a workshop, the value of my infrastructure goes up, but the land should stay the same. If I realize a profit when I sell, they can get their chunk then. The message to me is that there is no restriction on improving my lot in life, as long as I give Uncle a piece of it. That isn't fair.

    Businesses face the same problem, if they want to build a new facility they have to pay this guy for this service, they have to get a permit from this other guy over here. Then they have to relocate any form of wildlife on it to a 'sanctuary' and then go through all sort of environmental impact statements, surveys, and samples. By the time they pay tribute to all of the 'concerned' entities, it's cheaper to go to a business friendly region (China, India, Mexico) and hire locals. On top of that add all of the crazy labor laws and sensitivity training they must submit employees to and it just doesn't add up.

    I'm not advocating sweatshops here, just a bit of pragmatism.

    May 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. zack

    check on the last 8 yrs b4 u open ur mouth.

    May 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Susan

    You are so full of rhetoric- dare I say lies. I, and apparently most of the country believe the Republicans destroyed the economy and it will take the Democrats a while to stabalize it and rebuild.

    May 8, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Davis and Davis

    Yes all those jobs lost since the beginning of this year.....because of all the crap you pulled the last eight years when you were in control the majority of those years. BLAH BLAH BLAH.

    May 8, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Jeff in Virginia

    Not only does Boehner's "statement" contain several outright lies, it has no substance.

    Don't be fooled. This economic crisis was caused by Republican led deregulation followed by gross negligence on the part of Bush's Treasury.

    Blaming Obama for problems created by the Republican congress in the 90's and Bush's Treasury in the 00's is short-sighted at best, and willfully dishonest at worst.

    May 8, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. John, Chicago

    Not surprising, this blowhard only knows how to criticize he seems to
    think that all these job losses from 2009 are somehow the current administrations fault. Hey rich white guy your party derailed the economy and we are still seeing the consequences. Put up or shut up
    you complain about an administration trying to right the wrongs of past
    administrations. The republican plan Tax cuts for the wealthy and let it trickle down to everyone else we tried that 8 years ago and look where that got us

    May 8, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Proud DHS radical

    WOW that was fast!! he beat Obama to the cameras.

    May 8, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. grizzly

    "Our budget alternative curbed spending, created jobs by cutting taxes, and controlled the debt. "

    What? Where did their alternative do this, bizarro world? the pubs budget wasn't passed, so it didn't DO anything. We have no idea what it would have done. And sorry, but if spending was such a thorn in your side, maybe you should have started curbing it 8 years ago.

    May 8, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Mel of Alexandria

    This is one of the greatest spin I have heard to date. The arrogance was in the former administration and the dick shows it every time he opens his mouth. In fact, just the way he looks at others reveals an arrogance that cannot be surpassed.

    When will the republicans begin to get real. Their interest is more in regaining power than in the people's welfare.

    May 8, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. dawn

    Unfortunately Cheney is a sick manmentally it just is excepted for military or government officials to lie and kill people and kill nature. But he doesn't know he is ill. And it doesn't even make sense that a government that says they are a democratic government are even party to a Republican Party. And the fact that Cheney and many of our government officials don't understand that is so sad. The reality is we can't have a democratic society with Republicans because they aren't democratic. HELLO> WAke Up please for the love of a future that isn't this lying, destroy the earth, destroy our rights to party, destroy our reputation by killing children, destroying our families by their ignorances towards family sustainability from an abusive government, Please Cheney realize that you are a republican and America is a Democratic Government. Republicans are not even suppose to be there but our government employees are too daft to realize it at this point because people are controlled in this country way too much in thought and body. That is one reason why they are afraid of altering drugs because it reaches parts of the brain and because people will be happier, and more earth friendly. Not just people taking from the earth and buying things at wal mart. ANd Cheney, do you know who is destroying the Rain Forest and why are you not concerned about that very important issue? Is it because it hurts your money? It is not that hard to live on a little bit of money, so going broke really shouldn't matter if it saves lives Cheney. Who do yu even care for anyways?

    May 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Markus

    More of the same BS from Boehner. No matter what the jobs report showed, it appears he was itching and ready to criticise Obama and the Dems once again. This argument that Dems don't reach across the aisle is bogus, especially considering he implies that the Repubs have been actively trying to cooperate with Obama. No matter what happens, the right is just ready to criticize and complain. We are still very early in Obama's administration for him to be declaring that the policies don't work. Sit back, shut up, and let the government that we elected do their job. If you actually come up with ideas, we'd love to hear them, but stop with the whining and criticizing.

    May 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. Serge

    For Beohner, his idea if bipartisanshim is for Democrats to embrace a Republican agenda whole-heartedly, or (as we saw during most of Cliton and Bush's terms), to get a supermajority and do as they please. It is funny how the Republicans have dragged the country and the economy to the ground now seem to have all the answers.

    May 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Cindy

    What a joke. They destroy the country and then complain about the fall out. Why are you even printing what this man and Cheney have to say? They are both irrelevant at this stage of the game.

    May 8, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. GOPer

    Great to comment, now come up with a plan. We need positive results and need you to help dig the GOP out of our hole. If your comments are not positive and constructive, we will banish you to Cheney's undisclosed location.

    May 8, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. Will-South Dakota

    Boenher to America: "Ok listen up America, forget Bush was in office for 8 years and the GOP of which I was in a leadership role and I personnally allowed Bush to do whatever he wanted with your tax dollars, forget all about that now. Forget all I have said is NO a big fat NO to working with this President, forget about that America, Starting today the GOP and my leadership is aggrogant sure, so what, I will continue to go down the road of the past and won't change, come on America the GOP has taken a beating the last 2 elections give us a break, I'm working hard to save my special interests, my favorite lobbyists buddies, and make sure I get my share or pork. So stop whinning America"

    May 8, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. white female

    John Beohner, is such a jealous old hateful White Man.
    Please just shut up and go away. No one is caring or listening to the sad party of the Repubs these days, they just keep waiting their time, the Party of NO.

    May 8, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Joe Smoe

    Boehner go home and clean your ears out and shut your mouth,we have been told over and over again thngs were going to get worse before they got better, where in this world have you been. All you do is whine , whine and more whine, we are so sick of it.
    You add no sustanance to anything you say, it is the same old story every time you take your mouth to a mike.

    May 8, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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