Boehner: If some federal workers lose jobs because of GOP cuts, 'so be it'
February 15th, 2011
02:04 PM ET
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Boehner: If some federal workers lose jobs because of GOP cuts, 'so be it'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday if some federal workers lose jobs because of Republican-proposed spending cuts, "so be it." But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was quick to say "not so be it."

"Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs and if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it," Boehner said during a news conference with reporters at the Republican National Committee. "We're broke! It's time for us to get serious about how we're spending the nation's money."

Boehner, who was joined by other House Republican leaders, criticized the President's budget proposal for not cutting enough and said Republicans would address entitlement reform when they release their budget blueprint this spring.

"Republicans will not punt," said Boehner. "Everything's on the table. We will put forward a budget that deals with the big challenges that face our country…I have no doubts that all of these issues [Social Security and Medicare] will be on the table."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seized on Boehner's comments in a speech on the floor, saying Republicans' proposed cuts would leave many in the cold.

"Democrats do not subscribe to Speaker Boehner's verdict that if jobs are lost in this continuing resolution, so be it," Pelosi said. "Maybe so be it for him. But not so be it for the people who are losing their jobs."

Asked at a news conference about Boehner's comments about federal workers, New Jersey Democrat Rob Andrews pounced.

"What I'd wonder – so what if it's air traffic controllers that make the skies safe? So what if it's FBI personnel working in labs that do DNA testing of suspects? So what if it's border security officers keeping people from getting into the country illegally? So what if it's USDA meat inspectors that make sure our food supply is safe? So what if it's people who test the cleanliness of our drinking water or test for radioactivity in our land?"

- CNN's Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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soundoff (256 Responses)
  1. Greg Smith

    What if it's Speaker Boehner's job? So be it.

    February 15, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Spring? That's their sense of urgency? Maybe they will get around to jobs in a decade or two.


    February 15, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Glenn Koons

    When Ronaldus Magnus fired the Air guys and gals, Americans applauded. The more federal moles-bureaucrats that are put on the streets will give the budget more space to allow tax breaks for business to hire more private sector workers who make the American system really work. Some federal workers do a good job, I suppose. As do some state workers. Yet can anybody say we have TOO FEW BUREAUCRATS?????

    February 15, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    If Boehner is so serious about us being broke, then why did he and his party push for tax cuts for the wealthy, knowing that it would add $780 BILLION to the deficit?

    These tax cuts have never produced the jobs here in the US as promised; they've only resulted in shipping jobs overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.

    Man up, Boehner, and admit that what your party wants to do is privatize everything so the rich will get even richer and those not lucky enough to be born into wealth are out of luck. You and your cronies don't have the stones to admit your real agenda: eliminating the Middle Class and turning our country into a third-world nation.

    February 15, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Superhiro

    I guess federal jobs don't count as jobs?

    February 15, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Nick , California

    Cuts are going to suck.. but when we can't afford it.. we can't afford it.. we can't just keep borrowing and printing money! With pain comes progress! I don't want people to loose their jobs, but we can't sweet talk our banks into letting us slide on our mortgages for a few months either! Things will be difficult, but I have found in life that the harder choices are usually the right ones!

    February 15, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  7. Alex

    The headline should read:

    "Boehner: If some MIDDLE-CLASS AMERICANS lose jobs because of GOP cuts, 'so be it'

    February 15, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  8. Me

    But the tea party swept you into power with the economy and jobs as a mandate. You don't want to exted unemployment benefits and now your are going to take steps to increase the unemployment rate.

    We should cut defense

    February 15, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Citizen

    Why do taxpayers pay for you to say things like that. If you did not accept a paycheck from taxpayers then you would be an objective and effective voice of small government. You are big government.

    February 15, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. John

    I understand why Iran is acting the way they are with the protesters. These protests are being provoked from the
    western countries. Iran is just trying to preserve their own style of living. Iran is not a western country. They have
    their own values and religions and beliefs. They don't need Hilary Rodham Clinton interferring in their country.
    The US genocided millions of Iraq people during the war. Iran is probably worrying the US will genocide them.

    February 15, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. ja

    why not withold the house and senate's salaries for five years, that will fix the deficit, most are wealthy at this point, we blow smoke calling them public servants, well horseradish

    February 15, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    "Democrats do not subscribe to Speaker Boehner's verdict that if jobs are lost in this continuing resolution, so be it," Pelosi said...
    This is precious. Boehner is perfectly correct here and Pelosi is perfectly wrong. Our country is in financial trouble and needs to be run by people who understand the meaning of efficiency and responsibility. If the federal government can do its job with fewer workers then it owes it to the American economy to do just that. This is fundamental. How does she not know this?!?!

    February 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Richard T.

    To Republicans, it really is "all about jobs!" Thier jobs and the income of billionaires.

    February 15, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Martha in CF

    I think it is about time Congress start evaluating their pay and benefits. It is so ironic that the Redumblicans want to look into pensions, but not their own. I think it is time that Congress has health care benefits withheld from their paychecks, their pensions slashed like everyone elses in the US. Lets start with Congress!!!!!!!!!!-see how far that goes. I can tell you, it won't get one second of consideration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It wouldn't even get brought up. I don't know how Boehner can be a leader–he sure has shone himself to be. He is a recording saying the same things over and over again. It is pathetic.......

    February 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  15. Paul

    Jobs? JOBS? Everyone knows jobs aren't important! Right now we have to deal with important thing like taking away a woman's right to choose, stopping the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, and robbing 30 million Americans of their healthcare! You think jobs are important??? Get serious!

    February 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. jude

    i think john boeher need to lose his job to lose his job to feel the pain . we start from him .

    February 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. MPeters

    If we cut a few jobs, "So be it," I mean its not like we ran on creating jobs or anything. *eye roll* But when it comes to cutting the budget for a fighter-plane engine that doesn't actually get used (ITS A EFFING SPARE ENGINE, SITTING IN A WAREHOUSE)...Nah, we need more of them. WHAT!?

    Let's not cut jobs that result in making life in America Safe and Secure, but let's cut spending on actual wasteful (most of which is MILITARY) spending.


    February 15, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  18. james Miller

    Where the Hell was Boner during the "spend like there is no tomorrow" years Bush was in office???? And we are to trust the ones who robbed us? This is exactly the Republicans philosophy preached after the stock market crash of `29. Doesn`t anyone look at our history?

    February 15, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Sandy

    didn't republicans say their budget creates jobs? How does cutting jobs create jobs again?

    February 15, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Beverly - NYC

    Okay Mr. cryer of the house, if you're really serious about the debt here is a suggestion, how about members of the house and senate foregoing salary and those great tax-payer healthcare benefits for as long as you're serving. I'm sure the boys at C street would take in a few millionaire Congress people. Also, how about opting out of Social Security, the means test would be if you can afford round the clock nursing care at home you don't need a little Social Security stipen.

    February 15, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. aaron in MN

    Yes, the middle and lower class is broke. The top 5%, not so much. The top 2% owns about 50% of all stocks. Open it up to the top 5% and they own 70%. Open it up to the top 10% and they own over 80%. As our deficit grows the top is getting more and more. So yes, we're broke. Boehner, you're anything but. Cut defense spending, end the war in Afghanistan, raise taxes on the upper class...problem solved.

    February 15, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    Many of them didn't have those jobs, 2 yrs. ago.

    February 15, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. willow

    Budget cuts...if done right, it's pretty literal...things need to be cut, and yes, that may mean that some may lose their jobs. But let's face it, if something isn't done, none of us are going to have jobs because the debt has gotten ridiculously out of control. Unfortunately, some may need to be finding new jobs so that the country can make a recovery.

    February 15, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Citizen

    In the next election if some congressmen and senators, who are not in touch the common man, loose their seats so be it. Better still it should so be that they loose their “cadillac” health coverage and pension plan.

    February 15, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    How about each House member cutting the number of their staff by 50%! That will offer some savings. Also, how many district offices does each Congressman maintain? Granted the ones who represent New York City really don't have much to worry about, but how many offices does Congressman Boehner maintain back in Ohio? More than 1? If so, close all but one and lay off all their staff, and reduce the staff in his remaining office by 50%! That will show true progress.

    February 15, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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