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. Anon

    Why not go after the BIGGEST piece of the federal budget - Defense spending? Is that on the table? Is over-spending on Defense one of the biggest reasons for the collapse of the USSR? Can we learn anything from that before it is to late?

    February 15, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |

    When I lived in Kansas and worked for the state indirectly, we had to endure budget cuts to the bone. Many government employees lost their jobs. That is the reality of today, the reality of what the federal government has become and what it needs to do to cut the spending. I don't want to turn into a 1930s Germany where all of our savings isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

    February 15, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Socialist idiot

    I agree with Boehner. I also say do NOT under any circumstance raise the debt ceiling. Ignoring the situation and continuing the status quo is asinine at best. Time for a CHANGE don't you think libs????

    February 15, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. XWngLady

    Easily said and done by Mr. Boehner from behind his wooden desk, in his comfy office and in tailored suit...sounds to me like.."Let 'em eat cake!"

    February 15, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans won't punt. So here it is, 4th down and 35 from their own 1 yard line, and they go for it. They say, "the country is broke, the sky is falling." The gloom and doomers spread lies, fear and hate, and have no plans for job creation. The national debt is approximately $42,000 for every man woman and child, and most of that is from the 'Bush/republican experiment' from 2000-2008. Once people get back to work, much can be addressed with an end to our unnecessary wars and tax reform.

    February 15, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. wildman

    So be it if Boehner loses his job. Let's start with him. Do you think he would break down and cry?

    February 15, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. TB

    Everything is on the table Mr. Speaker? EVERYTHING? How about the 600+ military bases the U.S. has in FOREIGN COUNTRIES? How much are those military bases costing us Mr. Speaker? How much is it costing us to maintain our troops in those bases? Why are those troops stationed in other countries instead of being here in the U.S. where they belong, protecting OUR homeland and OUR borders like they SHOULD be?

    February 15, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Willy4

    So, what if it's the former SOTH who put us in this mess.!!!! Demo leadership is sending the message that once a gov. job is created it needs to be there forever. Stop appeasing the Left & come back to reality – we're in fiscal trouble & need to make some hard decisions. Did you ever hear of "first in – first out"????

    February 15, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. jimppff

    Why dosen't boehner start cutting his and the rest of the house staff since they do so little. The only thing i have seen from them is a lot of hot air and protection and loopholes for their wealthy friends and lobbiests..

    February 15, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. Mike

    There's no doubt we need to cut spending, but lets focus on the real culprits- Medicare, Social Security and the Pentqagon. I think Boehner means well, but a comment like that reveals a mean streak and lack of compassion for those whose jobs are threatened. They weren't the people who caused the global meltdown that threatened our economy- Washington and and Wall Street were.

    February 15, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. cecilia

    Careful now or you might make the Speaker cry

    February 15, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. lynn

    The first job to cut is Boehner's. He has no clue how the various government departments work. By creating vital jobs for America, the government jobs are returning taxpayers monies back into the community. It's a win-win for the U.S., or would he rather see the money go off-shore to prop up foreign interests?

    February 15, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    IS IT SINKING IN YET!?!?!? THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU!!! To the GOP/cons, this is about getting rid of as many regulatory and oversight and enforcement personel as possible so their corporate and ultra-wealthy puppet masters can keep killing the middle-class, widening the wealth gap and pulling DC's strings.

    February 15, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. blake

    If the federal government were a business (which it is, although a very poorly run one), any CEO who wasn't willing to eliminate jobs to keep the business viable in tough economic circumstances would not keep his job.

    February 15, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. JV

    Why is it that these people are so blatant in their actions against average Americans and yet average Americans still support them? Why can anyone be so callous? It is beyond ridiculous that people don't see that after only a couple of months of fighting for tax cuts for the rich they're now asking for average earners to be fired. "We're broke!", he said. What, we weren't broke in December? Why only ask average American to sacrifice?

    Wake up, people!!

    Republicans are beyond repulsive!!

    February 15, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Mah

    Thank you Rob Andrews. Looks like a lot of people are gonna be jobless and sick under the Republicans plan.

    February 15, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. seebofubar

    Pelosi...sit down and shut're the biggest reason we're in this mess. It's time to go back and play with your dolls and let the adults un-do the damage you've done.

    February 15, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. diridi

    Idiots, you elected these you experience with these GOP deserve....from here after do not vote for none of these GOP thugs...o.k...they mess....they mess and they messed this nation like a hell and now be it...

    February 15, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. sick of liberals

    maybe some of the government jobs that should be lost are those of the idiot democrats who put us in this mess and did nothing about it for the last two years

    February 15, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Why is this being reported?

    Is this newsworthy? Every day of every year for hundreds of years , people lose their jobs. I am not a fan of
    the current "crop" of Republicans. They are equally responsible for this mess along with the Dems. I look forward
    to the cancellation of major defense contracts and the shutting down of military bases in most of their home states.
    AND for their support on these issues. (: The point , of course, is that Bonehead is right! MANY "pork jobs" need to go ; including theirs!!

    February 15, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Ben

    So what if it's John Boehner and half the dead weight on capitol hill. Do we really need that many air heads making those kind of salaries not doing thwe job they were elected to do. It seems once they get in office, their primary concern is getting re-elected. And the money spent on those elections – now, that is obscene. Think of all the hungry people that could be fed, all the houses that could be built, all the jobs that might be created. When they spend millions to secure a job that pays a few hundred tthousand, something just don't add up.

    February 15, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Sean

    This on the heels of the wealthiest 1% being given keys to the national safe with the recent republican maneuvering. The Republican leadership should be embarrassed. If I were a Republican voter, I guess I'd wondering who exactly do clowns like Boehner represent, because it certainly isn't the working class.

    February 15, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Byrd

    Lets start the cuts with his job. What earthly good is a speaker who only talks out of one corner of his mouth? I'll let you guess the orifice through which the rest of his B...S... spouts...

    February 15, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. a little sad

    Didn't he say during the election that jobs were his number one priority? I guess he means getting rid of them....

    February 15, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. rstar

    Rather ironic since the republican message during their campaign was to add jobs and reduce unemployment. Apparently public jobs are not jobs?

    February 15, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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