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. Grant from Denver, CO

    6 minutes? Come on Boehner, it would have taken you longer than that to look up the big-boy words you used in that statement. How long have you been sitting on this one for release? Go "reach-out" to Rush, maybe you'll find love there; you aren't going to find in anywhere else.

    May 8, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Bob

    File under the Blog: "The GOP Daily Whine". Same 'ol stuff. They all put killed the country with their "solutions" but they keep offering it back up. What didn't their friend and family get enough when they pillage the American tax payer for 8 years?

    May 8, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Jose

    Always great to see the comments of the Socialist democrats, who simply want to blame Bush for everything. You guys have no ideas of your own. Follow your messiah Obama, and believe he'll fix your welfare check. The trailer trash democrats would rather turn our Country into a welfare state, where the illegal aliens can come over and everyone can live in mediocrity. Hitler had a great vision for his Country too.

    May 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    If you take out all of the jobs created due to the stimulus package, all of which are supposed to be temporary, then we are at 9%. This is where we were at the start of the Great Depression. Obama has successfully turned a post-war recession into a full-blown depression. Nice work Captain O!

    May 8, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Lynn

    What legislation is Boehner talking about?? The budget with no numbers, plans with no vision for the future, or policies that do nothing for the poor and middle class who are the vast majority of the unemployed. Let's see this legislation, John.

    What are their plans for education and retraining, reforming health care like ending the corruption in Florida, or new energy jobs? Stuck in the 20th century with failed policies and ideas.

    They are the party of corruption with their support for torture, support for big business NOT paying taxes and being rewarded by taking jobs overseas.

    May 8, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  6. Deborah

    The new President is destroying the Privatet Sector cannot anyone see that. All Jobs created was in the White House. I am so sick of you Lib's blamimg Bush you need to start taking responabilty. OB is bankrupsty the USA . Why haven't you Lib's talking about your House Speaker being a liar just like the President. One time President.

    May 8, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Cali J

    This party of "NO" thing is way old. You libs need to start some new mantra. Not drinking the Rock Star Kool-Aide doesn't make you the party of "NO". Maybe "NO" is the right answer.

    2000-2006 Economy Great, 2006 (Reid -Pelosi) – 2009 economy Tanks. Who's at fault here?

    Have any of you Libbies even looked at what the Republican alternative was? The thought that Obama reached across the isle is BS. He never even entertained looking at their proposal. Stop with the liberal rhetoric. Obama is the man of "NO" if you disagree with him.

    May 8, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. worriedmom

    You can never have bipartisan until everyone starts telling the truth. It is just one big game up in DC and we are the victims. With all you people degrading the GOP , I would love to know why you and CNN have not said anything about your Queen Pelosi knowing about waterboarding (AKA: WAshington Post). Your leader Pelosi has been caught in her web of lies. If you are gonna be hateful about Boehner, then you need to look at your leader. As far as I am concerned they are all crooks and really could care less about us, just their own careers and retirements.

    May 8, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Eldon

    I'm sorry Mr VP you are too late; Republicans, upto and including your former boss, began to act like Dems several years ago when Newt gave them the earmark drug. Now they are all addicted to spending. Repulicans are just mad it isn't them writing the checks now.

    May 8, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Carolyn Jones - Hawthorne, California

    My hope is that the Money given to the states will allow everyone to find jobs; the only group working in my small town is Martinez Construction – I feared the jobs in construction would go to only the select few

    May 8, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. JBS

    Thank God that the repubicans are no where to be seen! The US government cannot function with republican ideology. Mr. Obama is so successful without them that the country will likely add more democrats to congress in 2010. Mr. Boehner is out of step with the common American.

    May 8, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. Mike in PA

    John, you're wasting your breath! Look at the majority of responses here; they're not listening. All they want to do is blame Bush! Bush did this, Bush did that, Bush is responsible for swine-flu! The economy will recover marginally with or without Obama-nomics. The issue will be whether it can sustain itself under the weight of all the increased taxes (cap & trade), deficits, and huge new entitlement programs (government run health care). Once they have bankrupted the country and China has stopped buying our worthless treasury bonds (look at yesterday's offering) then and only then will the Democrats want to include you because they'll want you to share the blame!

    May 8, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. David, Durham

    Give me a break Boehner because your party is doing its damdest to encapsulate Einstein's definition of insanity. Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts despite the fact Bush's policies yielded the fewest jobs of any president since Hoover.

    Bush, aided and abetted by a servile Republican Party in Congress, has dealt Obama a catastrophic hand, which is why I'm not expecting Rome to be built in a day.

    Even if it was proven beyond no shadow of doubt that tax cuts caused more harm than good, Republicans would still be beholden to them because of some slavish adherence to a dogma premised on "freedom".

    May 8, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  14. Kimberly

    gop, you REALLY need to get a life. NO ONE is listening and the more you whine and blame Dems, the more people RUN from the republican party. Your a cancer right now, and instead of getting treatment, your are trying to cut it out yourself in your basement with lipmball holding the light. Sorry, but its NOT going to work! KEEP IT UP! THANK!

    May 8, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. WhoCares?


    We are getting signs EVERYWHERE that things are starting to turn around and yet with all that good news....the Republicans want to fosus on the one thing negative that is going to be the last thing to turn around.

    Do you think they live their entire lives always looking for negative things to talk about?

    That's sad for anyone, let alone Elected Officials.

    May 8, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Jack

    He says Dems should work with republicans at the same time they are saying they want to kick moderates out of their own party. So we should work with them, but they won't even talk to people that are closer to them than we are? Is he trying to say he won't talk to the near left, but they think a good dialog with the far left is a good idea?

    They are spinning in circles and will continue to be irrelevant. If the Dems fail the Republicans might make some traction, but that's going to be the only way it happens. Which is why they are deliberately not talking to the left. They don't want to risk being able to be tied to what happens under the hope that whatever happens is bad.

    Very American of them.

    May 8, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. The Dude

    It is just too funny. The right-wingers are attacking the liberals for, attacking. Of course their definition of what constitutes an attack appears to be flexible, depending on your party affiliation.

    Do you people not get it? Only 21% of all Americans identify themselves as Republican. Your hypocrisy is not helping the long-term viability of your party. We need a two (or more) party system. Please, don't self-destruct.

    May 8, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. concerned for my children

    I see a lot of posts on here blaming Bush and the repubs for the economic crisis. What they are not looking at is that for the last two years dems have controlled congress. Frank, Dodd, and the rest of the ilk were questioned and warned by repubs that this was happening. They denied it, covered it up, and look where we are now. Do some research people!! Don't rely on what "everyone" is saying! Think for yourself and you may find the truth. Or is that what you are afraid of? Or is it just easier to blame the "ones that lost"? It's your future, do you really want to rely on someone else?

    May 8, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. thx1138

    Same old criticize and do NOTHING Republicans. Funny, after having a decade of control which put us in the mess we're in, they suddenly have all the answers.

    May 8, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. John

    I find Boehner to be the most arrogant politician in DC. Seriously, you scream bipartisanship but demand Obama use the GOP proposals. Forget about what you and your party did the past 8 years. We're now supposed to believe you all have the cure for the economy? YOU PEOPLE PUT US IN THIS SPOT.

    Once again, the words of a GOP leader solidifies the perception that the GOP is living in a world of denial, hatred and disgust for all things left of the far right.

    The GOP LOST the election. The GOP is NOT the only party with answers. We haven't had GOP presidents for over 200 straight years. And look where we are after the last one!!!

    My advice to the GOP. Keep your mouth shut if you can't find ways to HELP the president, not tell him how to run the country after he WON the last election.

    May 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. kgeukes

    Oh whine a little more Johnny Boy!! You're just teed off that no one takes you seriously anymore and that your party is circling the drain as we type. LOL!!!!!!!!

    May 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Maurice from Ontario

    Response in 6 minutes! Wow! Boehner must be trying to set a new world's record. Not only in speed ... but in comments that really reflect so little thought. Just the same glib repetitious "NO".

    May 8, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Boisepoet

    How does he propose to create jobs?


    If that works so well, why are we losing jobs now?
    The tax rates have not increased in the last 5 years yet the economy is suffering.

    Silly Republicans, running a government should be left to smart people, not ignorant ideologues who only want to help their rich friends and superstitious supporters.

    May 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. WhoCares?

    AMERICAN CITIZENS : Understand this when you think about the next election.

    This was pre-fabricated....Republicans had it ready to go BEFORE the numbers were announced.

    This means this is WHAT THEY WERE HOPING FOR.

    That's right...Americans....We have a political party that was actually HOPING for a high unemployment rate so they could release this statement.

    Really think about that when you vote next election. A party that is trying to fix the country.....or one that is hoping it fails.

    I hope you post this CNN.

    May 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. D. D.

    Wake up, GOP, it's not your turn. You are a minority.

    May 8, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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