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. Jean

    Where was John Boehner when his party was driving us to the edge of a cliff? Never heard of him before President Obama started making REAL change in Washington. Suddenly Boehner is everywhere, and ALWAYS critical of the new administration. Not once has he articulated new ideas or given any indication that he and his fellow republicans have anything to say but NO.

    This is a party of NO IDEAS, NO LEADERSHIP, NO CLUE. Go Rush keep the party in chaos.

    May 8, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Ed Tallahassee FL

    It hard to be bipartisan when one side only says, "No."

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

    Two words – lagging indicator!

    May 8, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  4. Tulsa

    The party of NO strikes again.
    NO ideas,
    NO credibility
    NO morals,
    NO ethics,
    NO chance of survival.

    May 8, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. wayne

    Ha HA ..this guys should be a comedian instead of a politician

    May 8, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Jim

    What a bunch of crap! It's no wonder the Republican Party is headed to extinction.

    May 8, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. steve

    Mr. Boehner,
    You statements is false and misleading.
    You and your party refused to vote for every single initiative put forward by the president and democrats.
    You are leading a party of NO and Hate.

    May 8, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |

    I haven't seen ANY job creation since this administration has taken over. All I've seen is a massive increase
    in spending and borrowing to increase the size of government. Thes are the wrong kind of jobs. WRONG IDEA! Bottom line, start doing what is right for Americans and not the special interest groups that helped pay for the election of our current president. Nearly $800 million dollars raised for this election....Obama sold his soul.
    He is being steered by all the left wing radicals that paid for his election.....Wake up America! This current administration is so incompetent, it's rediculous. To name a few...Biden, Pelossi, Reid, Frank, Dodd, Schummer, Rangle, Spector, Snow, Franken.....The list could keep going....Term limits are definitely needed!

    May 8, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. Liberal And Proud Of It Dot Com

    Whatever happened to that Republican alternative budget? Weren't they going to give us the numbers and details of how Republicans would cut spending? Remember how Reagan cut the budget (well, he didn't actually. instead he tripled the national debt)?

    Remember how he cut daycare for poor working class families? Remember how the standards of the child nutrition program were changed so that ketchup was classified as a serving of vegetables? Remember how he cut funding for mental institutions so that mentally ill people were "returned to their communities" (a metaphor for becoming homeless).

    Those are the kinds of cuts Conservatives make when they have the chance. That's why they never tell us in advance exactly HOW they plan to cut spending.

    May 8, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. Tulsa

    The Republicans want to go back to what got us here in the first place. Incredible that anyone believes this would work.
    Oh, that's right, it's that ignorant 21%. They know how to type, but don't have any new ideas.

    May 8, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Know the facts

    It's unfortunate that the Republicans want to focus on attacks instead of helping the millions without jobs. They had a chance to vote with the Democrats on legislations to stimulate our economy. What did they do?

    They - every last one of them in the House - refused to even cross the aisle to vote for economic recovery! Democrats added in significant tax cuts for the middle class... Republicans voted "NO!" Democrats offered funding to help rebuild roads, schools, hire police officers and firefighters... Republicans voted "NO!" Democrats worked to help the unemployed workers be able to put food on their tables for their families... Republicans voted "NO!"

    Does that sound like a party that's concerned with the economic recovery our nation or political games?

    May 8, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Marge

    Well well well, now UNEMPLOYMENT is a priority for the party of No. The party that let jobs go overseas. The party that gave tax breaks to these business. Didn't they know, that by giving the tax breaks and letting the jobs disappear it would affect all the economy.

    I just can't believe the mentality, or should I say lack of mentality, of the republicans.

    May 8, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Jane

    John, was that all detailed out in that 16 page Outline?????? From the way you've acted you really do not know what the word bi-partisan mean. It almost sounds like you believe it to be My-partisan. I am Soooooo sick of the right wing GOP whining!

    May 8, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. August

    Old John Boehner was sitting on that quote just waiting for the perfect time to release it. Seriously, six minutes after the release of the stats? SIX MINUTES??? It isn't Washington that is arrogant. It's John Boehner and his fellow Republicans that continue to look down their noses at America and say, "We can fix it all with tax cuts." If tax cuts were the answer, then this country should be bursting with millionnaire flavor and there shouldn't be a recession because of the tax cuts George W. Bush implemented during his administration, right? John Boehner and his Republican cohorts can be characterized in two words – broken record.

    May 8, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. Expat American

    If McCain had some actual suggestions then boner carrot hue would have a leg to stand on. The GOP aren't concerned about everyday citizens, they just want to regain power. I've never understood why low income uneducated whites keep voting for them in droves. The GOP cares nothing for whites who don't have any money; to them they're no better than those who aren't 'one of us', as Palin so eloquently expressed.

    May 8, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. Rob

    25 years ago! Wasn't Reagan President then? Does that mean that Obama is as good (or bad) as Reagan?

    May 8, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. R in Maine

    It is too bad that Boehner remains employed. YOU want bipartisanship as long as you can have the illusion that you are in control. You want our country to fail. We do not need you or your kind.

    May 8, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. Terry in Iowa

    Boehner wouldn’t know bipartisanship if it crawled up his arse and chewed on his prostrate.

    Cutting taxes for the rich and deregulation are the only things he and his republican friends have offered. They talk of values but refuse to put the country before their party.

    I saw the republican’s budget document; it lacks any substance, it’s a joke.

    Folks the rich protect their wealth, they don’t let it trickle. They send it off shore along with jobs and then try to spin the rest of us as socialist. Ever since Reagan, they’ve been stealing from the poor and giving to themselves. 30 years of voodoo economics have brought us to the brink, we can either blindly follow the elephants over the cliff or we can invest in our future.

    Personally I still believe in this great country and investment is what we need now.

    May 8, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. FlyingGirl44

    Anger is not leadership.

    May 8, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  20. j

    The Inconvenient Truth-– In 2000-2008, we went from an vibrant, growing economy in the black to a failing, hemmoraging economy in the red riddled with corruption and runaway corporate greed. It just jumps right out at you, doesn`t it !!!

    May 8, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  21. Jeff - Austin, TX

    The leadership of the party of no speaks again!

    May 8, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Simmy

    Rep. Boehner has a very mean streak. Previously he said about President Obama:

    "The world suddenly did not become safer on January 20, 2009," House Republican Leader John Boehner said at a press conference Thursday. "We ought to make clear that none of these detainees should be brought to the United States until such time as the President has had a conversation with the American people, which is the essence of the bill that we are bringing forward."
    He has consistently opposed the president because he hates him, and or is jealous of him, and wants him to fail.....There is nothing worst than man-envy....

    May 8, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Doug, New Jersey

    Democrats are saying that he lied, a being whose whole existance is based on lies and distortions is calling someone else a liar, just priceless.

    If the average liberal Democrat took half the energy they use in attacking, lying and hating on every American who thinks differently than them, added to the amount of energy they have used in bad mouthing this country and sticking up for terrorists, and used it towards getting new skills and working hard, then maybe we would have a chance as a nation to survive the outrageous socialist spending by their Messiah that will put us well over 10 trillion in debt.

    May 8, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. John

    Boehner responds to Friday's unemployment numbers

    Let me guess how a senior GOP bigwig responds to the unemployed:

    "Neeener neeener neeener. I have a paycheck and you don't."

    May 8, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  25. Ray

    Ho-hum. Yawn! This is the same old rhetoric from the GOP. Cut taxes, cut spending for America's economy and average Americans, give business free rein. Well, Republican policies have created millions of new jobs... for people in India, China and the rest of the world, but not here. Also, looking back in history, almost all of America's economic crises have come about due to a looser, hands off approach to business. Unfettered capitalism is a disease that feeds on the poor and middle classes with the vast majority of the benefits going to the very rich.

    Granted we have to get a hold on spending, but we cannot do that until we get out of these wars we are in. At the same time we need to completely re-vamp the financial industry and put in checks and oversight to prevent the things that have put us into this mess we are in. We also need to refocus on American industry and job creation in this country. Let's quit rewarding companies who use cheap labor overseas to make huge profits in this country.

    It's time we stood up for America.

    May 8, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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