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. Roger

    This from one of the most hate filled politican alive....who was in the majority 6 or the last 8 years & DONE NOTHING....he is the leader of the party of NO as well as the of hate....

    May 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Vic of New York

    Will someone please tell this "BoneHead" to shut up! Jeez, do these Republican stooges have anything to offer more than whine and pine?

    Dear Mr. Bohner - get a life. Become a lifeguard or security guard, but please, give the Republican Party a break. With people like you at the helm you might want to rebrand yourselves as the "Keystone Cop Party"!

    May 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Buffalo

    This may be the basis of John Boehner's call for bipartisanship. "You know, when you add all those things up, the idea that we ought to moderate basically means we ought to fundamentally change our philosophy. I for one am not prepared to do that, and I think most of us aren’t." That's a quote made yesterday by Dick Cheney on a North Dakota radio talk show. So the Republicans want us to change course but by all indications, they will not moderate and have no plan of their own other than that of the previous administration that "Titanic-ed" us in the first place.

    May 8, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. RobertL

    Well, that was awfully fast, Mr. Boehner, almost as though you had the statement prepared in advance and did not bother to note that the rate of decline is slowing down. That might indicate that the Administration's policies are either working, or not doing any additional harm.

    Either way – I don't think the statement is going to garner you any support.

    May 8, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Fla.

    Unreal. Boehner actually tried to purport "taken every opportunity to reach out to the President." Who is he kidding?! Boehner was the one who told his ridiculous party to obstruct with "No" when President Obama reached out to them.

    Thanks, but NO thanks, GOP.

    May 8, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Nathan,

    The bigger the fire the longer it takes to put it out. The Republicans would like for us to forget what they left behind. Their petty politics of gotcha will not resonate with voters who understand that a fundamental change in teh economy will take awhile to complete. A lot of the jog=bs that were lost will not come back. New and different will hae to be created and Obama knows that for our future the US must be a tthe forefront of these new industries.

    May 8, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Barbara Campbell

    What a crock! The neocons are all about propaganda, deceit, and divisiveness. The American people know that the current unemployment rate is the result of Republican policies during the past eight years. We also know that President Obama will work toward bipartisanship up to the point where the neocons are clearly protecting the elite at the expense of average Americans.

    May 8, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Moderate Republican in Pittsburgh

    Boehner is part of the problem. Repubs are the ones in the playground who are stamping their feet and refusing to be bi-partisan. They are also still bitter over the fact that they lost the election. They think the definition of "bi-partisan" is the Prez caving in to everything they want done-which has been pretty much passing the same laws and following the same policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

    I'm sure the Dems and the Prez would be much more receptive to an approach that doesn't start with "No No No No No!".

    May 8, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Audrey

    Sure wish he could have offered a solution to the problem within six minutes! And, oh, by the way, his party is the reason folks are standing in unemployment lines.

    May 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Brad

    How can Republicans write these comments with a straight face?
    We don't want bipartisanship? Do you people remember the last 8 years where those of us that disagreed with you were called traitors and told to leave the country? Don't you see Obama bending over backwards to include you in discussions and allowing your amendments (something Bush never did- he had a mandate remember)?
    Democrats won folks and you are the minority so you are not going to get everything you want. Also, it was the failed policies of Bush and trickle-down economics that got us into this mess – we have to spend so much because he wasted a 2 trillion dollar surplus on an illegal war and tax breaks for the rich. Those same wars were never included in the budget (basically a fiscal lie) and if he would have included them then his budgets would have been just as big as Obama's (which does include the wars).
    I used to try to be peaceful and discuss issues with right wingers but I am so tired of the non-stop lies that are easily rebuked with 2 minutes of independent research. All the right wingers here tell lie after lie and then when a liberal gets upset and bites back they say, 'oh, stop the hate liberals'... not realizing that after being told lies for over 8 years and being told they are America haters and not 'real' Americans, people start to get really PO'ed. I'm done negotiating with right-wingers and trying to put on the good debate because you can't debate with people who use lies as talking points. You people have been using these same talking points for 30 years... even though Democrats have been the ones who are the fiscally responsible ones, who keep us safe by not upsetting everyone in the world, who have the good ideas, and so on. Yeah, sure, Obama is gonna make us communist or socialist of fascists or whatever 'ist' of the day will rally the right wing troops. No one could ever bring us closer to removing the Constitution and totalitarian leadership than Bush's past 8 years but you sure didn't seem to mind when you were the ones in power.
    I will now call you what you are – tools of the Republican party.
    Now go call me a left wing hater and spread some more lies.

    May 8, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. matt

    obama spend a trillion dollars and the economy shrunk 6%

    unemployment up again 8.9%

    inflation right around the corner.

    its no longer bush's economy. the market doesnt look in the past people. bush's economy was the one that had 55 months of prosperity. and he did that after inheriting his own recession and by cutting taxes.

    its funny. everyone loves obama until they realize he's gona cripple their lives. we americans think we're entitled to everything and obama's going to take that from everybody. yet you all worship this moron

    May 8, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Angry Buckeye

    Isn't Boehner the 8th Dist. Rep. from Ohio? Yeah, we should be listening to him because Ohio has been doing so well the last 8 years on his watch. He's too busy keeping his tan to be relevant.

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

    "concerned for my children,"
    Ever hear of a little thing called a VETO?!?!?!
    Don't blame the Democratic majority Congress the last 2 years of the Bush presidency. Every thing they tried to do was stopped by either filibuster or veto by the Republicans.
    You are in denial my friend, as so many of the other 21% of this country who call themselves Republicans.

    May 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. fudge

    HA! This coming from the party that wants to put Sara Palin on the 2012 ticket! What a scary crew these people are begining to be. Please Americans don't listen to them, look what they truly want, remember what their leader Rush Limblah ! said he wants the US to FAIL, so they can be up there jumping up and down like he was on tv, saying I TOLD YOU SO! I'm the voice to reason.

    May 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Mike in MN

    Boehner correctly states that the Republicans submitted their own version of a stimulus bill. It was about half the size of the Obama bill. It spent the same amount on food stamps and unemployment to help take care of the growing numbers of unemployeed. It spent more on infrastructure and tax cuts for middle class tax payers and business tax cuts aimed at helping business protect and create jobs. The CBO office did projections on both the Obama and Republican versions and the Republican version according to the CBO created more jobs and grew the economy faster.
    The Democrats defeated it in favor of the Obama version filled with non stimulus related pork.
    I was amazed that the press said nothing about the Republican alternative, thus by their silence, supporting the Democratc mantra that the Republicans are the party of no.

    May 8, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. Rob

    Jimmy Carter modified his economic policy every time a new report came out to the point you could not tell if anything was working. It takes 3-6 months for any economic policy to take hold. We won't really know whether Obama's policy is working until at least June or July. If we are into recovery by early next year, Obama will be a hero, and the GOP will be miyytering "No!", but no one will be listening. If we are still at 8+% unemployment this time next year, Obama will be in deep trouble and the Independents will start looking to the GOP for real answers. Stay tuned.

    May 8, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Still_in_Moderation_!

    Oh John, this is the best you can do for a response that was prepared ahead of time? If you want bipartisanship, go talk to the man in the mirror. So far all he has been saying is 'NO', 'NO' and 'NO'.

    From the previous administration's book of mantras – 'you are either with us or against us', 'if you are against us, then you are not patriotic' ,'true American patriots support the president'. Be a true American John and support our President.

    May 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  18. Chris

    Okay, first things first.....the President has already told the American people, that unemployment would continue throughout 2009.....that's a fact..... Secondly when the GOP talks about tax and spend, only half of that is true..... Yes has spent!! It's called deficit spending, which was done in the stimulus package!! Economists reccommend this as a filler for the real economy, which is the consumer (us) who are not spending right now......all other big spending has gone to the financial agree or don't agree what's done is done!! If Bush hadn't given the 700 billion when he did, hell on earth would have occured...If Obama hadn't spent the money to sure up these systems, bread lines and 1million jobs lost a month would have been a reality.....people please understand, some of these financial giants, hold 401k's, pensions, and insurance claims for half of America....if they fell, we would all's a fact, do some homework......the problem w/ what both Bush/Obama have done w/ giving out the money are strings.....there must be rules attached to the money.....Now let's talk taxes....Obama has not raised taxes yet!!! Nada, zero, zilch...That's still to come in 2010, when the Bush tax cuts (for the wealthiest, that's the only people that got tax cuts under Bush) expire......People wake up......the only people complaining about taxes, are the rich.....not the six figure people, they're not rich..... I'm talking millionaires, and billionaire companies......they complain, tellthe congressmen who they have in pocket, congress complains to you, & some of us believe the bull......they're the ones who don't want cap and trade......B/c if they get taxed for pollution, they will raise our bills(energy companies, not gov't) to compensate.

    May 8, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  19. Kate in SW Fla

    Hey Right wingers. You insist the economy now belongs to Obama, yet somehow 9/11 belonged to Clinton. For 8 long years, everything, and I mean everything was blamed on Bill Clinton. Now, suddenly, our right wing brethren think that, after just a few months, everythong is now Obama's fault. So, as far as problems go, we jump from Clinton to Obama. Idiots.

    May 8, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  20. Ben

    I have to laugh at the number of Liberal sheep who keep posting about "tax cuts for the rich" and "corportae greed". Who do you think provides the jobs in this country? Did it ever occur to you that maybe the rich got their money because they earned it? I know, that's a foreign concept to most of you.

    May 8, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Liberal Democrats are Pathetic

    So sad that you liberals have your perception of things all messed up, as usual. Democrats started this whole economic mess when they took over Congress in 2006. For some odd reason Democrats like to be in debt, and jobless, so they elect themselves and people like themselves, to Congress so that the whole nation can be like them. The Republicans and the economy, were doing fine before Dems took over in 2006. The reason I know this, is because when you all won Congress, you said it was a referendum on the war, not the economy. You probably don't remember that though do you?

    May 8, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. phoenix86

    Welcome to Month 3 of the Obama Recession.

    The Obama Depression and Obama Stagflation, coming soon all across America (no invite needed).

    May 8, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Molly

    Matt how is it no longer Bush's economy...that's got to be the strangest thing I've heard yet. Clearly you don't understand economics and how everything works. This is going to be Bush's economy for the next year at some aspects it can go on for years after a President has left office.

    People need to stop spewing partisan stupidity and start engaging in intelligent conversations.

    May 8, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. Ben

    Angry Buckeye – Boehner's also VERY popular in his district. Good luck getting rid of him.

    May 8, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Big Keith

    If I'm not mistaking Rep. Boehner is in Washington as well, so I'm sure he may have been out of the city at the time. I may be mistaking again as well, but what were his comments prior to January 1, 2009 when the numbers were over 600K per month? Boehner take a look at the rate in your state.

    May 8, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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