Boehner rejects four week government funding bill
March 1st, 2011
12:06 PM ET
11 years ago

Boehner rejects four week government funding bill

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner rejected a Democratic proposal to extend government funding for four weeks instead of the two-week bill the House is voting on Tuesday afternoon.

"If there had been a conversation about this ten days ago or two days ago we might have something to talk about," Boehner said.

Speaker Boehner met with Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid on Monday, according to a Boehner aide, to discuss next steps on spending bills, and a longer term extension was among the items discussed. The aide declined to speak on the record about the private meeting. When asked whether discussions included the White House, this aide said, "They have not engaged with us."

Boehner told reporters the House will proceed with its vote Tuesday, "But the fact is we were forced to move on our own. I think we're taking a responsible path forward to keep the government open and to cut spending."

Asked if he would accept a longer term measure to allow more time, Boehner again pushed the House GOP plan. "I know what the House is going to do today and that is we're going to cut $4 billion and keep the government open until March 19th. I can't predict what the Senate will or won't do."

Many Senate Democrats have said they would prefer a 30-day extension of government funding because it would give them more time to negotiate a spending measure that would last for the remaining seven months of the fiscal year.

Boehner dismissed a question from CNN asking if the House GOP could accept changes by the Senate, quipping, "If ands and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas."

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Raise your hand if you like being in the bus while the GOP plays chicken with disaster. Brinksmanship never works out well. NEVER. But guess who always ends up paying for it (hint: it won't be the coroprations and the ultra-wealthy who are paying these bufoons to stomp on that gas pedal).

    March 1, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Jim

    There's that word he loves so much... NO!

    March 1, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. Gaylon Barrow

    Can you Obamanites not count. The Democrats still control Congress and have since 7 years ago. So if anything goes wrong it's not the GOP. You have to look no further than your immoral Jackasses.

    March 1, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Emerson

    Where are the jobs Mr. Speaker? Maybe you should spend some time teaching some political reaility to your young pups who insist on pushing a radical political and social agenda rather than building a properous and secure America. Tell them not to throw out the boxes that they used to move in because they will need them after the election in 2012.

    March 1, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. kuk1

    Boehner is nothing but an insurance salesman, 10 years of bush tax cuts and still no job creation, He's a liar and a thief, who belongs in jail. I know a well off republican who owns 4 business, yet he pulls in S.S. for his son and his wife gets unemployment. Republicans hate big gov. unless its for them! They all should be fired, democrats included. The house and senate should be filled with people from all walks of life,farmers, teachers, doctors, factory workers, athletes, stay at home mothers, poor, middle class and rich. Campain reform is very important, but will never happen, because there's to much money in Washington!

    March 1, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Lolo

    The republicans are a joke. They only care about destroying Obama and nothing else. For those of you who voted them back in, your checks will be late next month and you know who you are. Don't cry a river now. They care nothing about the American people. Only their pockets. People really need to educate themselves.

    March 1, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Gaylon Barrow

    You people yelling about jobs. Obama has been there nearly three years. Where in the dickens are the jobs. Oh I know this is Bush and the GOP's fault now also, Right? You poor brainless wonders.

    March 1, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    Jobs – bonehead – that's what you promised during the campaigns, but of course those were just lies. All the GOP has done is push anti-social agendas and attack the middle class workers while trying to take the US back in time.
    It is clear the GOP doesn't want the middle class to recover.
    But 2012 will be the year the GOP not only loses in the Senate like in 2010, the GOP will lose in the Congress too. And by looking at the rodeo of clowns the GOP has lined up for the White House the GOP leadership knows it's lost already.
    Keep talking tea-baggin all you want – reality just like evolution is unavoidable.

    March 1, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. wgf

    Does anyone even remember that the Republicans were elected on a "create Jobs" platform ? Then as soon as they got in they switched to a slash the budget agenda, and keep telling us that's what they were elected to do !!!

    Bait and switch.

    March 1, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. DIANA

    Nice to play politics with people's lives. What is the shut down going to save? Does he know whoever is layed off because of the shut down will end up collecting unemployment checks. Let alone, when they get back to work, they'll probably get back pay for the time they were off. Where's the savings. More – WHERE'S THE JOBS?!

    March 1, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Biggge

    Boehner has really let his spots show, Iin Nov. he was all about jobs. Name one jobs plan he has come up with. I think this guy does not like woman at all. Please read the article on Planned Parenthood, abortion rights and my favorite If jobs are lost so be it....We could afford the tax breaks for the wealthy but we can not afford help for woman and kids. This assult on Education and teachers are outragous...When are the wealthy going to be asked the give something up, the only cuts coming from the GOP are middle class and the poor.. Open your eyes, you were hoodwinked in Nov...

    March 1, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. usualone

    His stubborness shows he is only about party and not the US citizens. The power has already gone to his head. We all lose.

    March 1, 2011 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. rusty155

    John Boehner I want you to really enjoy being the speaker of the House , because you won't be In 2012 and so will a lot more of you Republican. All you are cutting on your budget Is from the poor and the middle class not a penny from the Rich or Big Business. Why don't you just go back and have everyone and I do mean Everyone to pay taxes be for the President Bush tax cut. and tax the big oil company they are making billions of dollars in profit It won't hurt them. You Republican spend two year of tax payer money paying you Republican to just say NO. Now tax payer are paying two more year to say my why or the Highway. You need too Compromise and I mean Now, Shutting down the Government Is not going to do any body any good. If the government shut down It will be the Republican fault.

    March 1, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. KatR

    I hope that America can survive the next 2 years while the GOP tries to terroize the American people into believing that it was Democrats who caused the recession. Unregulated capitalism always leads to fascism.

    March 1, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Bob Riley

    Boehner is just trying to make the Republican's ruinous reign seem like it is Prresident Obama's fault, but real American's
    have awakened and the only man we see after the curtain has been pulled back is Boehner.

    March 1, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. yuri

    Boehner, according to National Enquirer (if you believe in it), is alleged to have cheated on his wife twice. Both his girl friends' initials are LL. We do not know if it is true.

    March 1, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Bill from GA

    Boner used his cred last fall in giving further tax cuts to the rich. Now the dems need to stand firm on funding needed programs. Much waste could be cut from the Fed Government, but repugs mainly want to cut programs they don't like.

    March 1, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. REAL Patriots do MORE than salute the flag, they EDUCATE themselves

    John boy, where are those JOBS you campaigned on? Were you working on jobs on the golf course down in Florida sucking up to some rich auto dealer? What's all this new concern about anyway, Dick Cheney told the US "deficits don't matter" and the Repugs had no problem giving King George all the money for unjust wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, and an Rx plan. So then deficits don't matter, the Rethug party has stood by that all along, so that means they should be dedictated solely to their campaign promise of jobs, jobs, jobs and not the snowjob they keep giving all of us middle class people that make or break this great nation.
    2 and the Door for the Weeper of the House John Boner.
    We'll all remember your words when you are in the House Minority in Nov. 2012 "so be it", then you can read our lips.

    March 1, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. REAL Patriots do MORE than salute the flag, they EDUCATE themselves


    We are witnessing the death of the tax and spend demcrats and the end of the blood sucking labor unions....what a great time for America AAAAAAHHHHHHHH..

    Correction there, fubar'd brain. What we're seeing is the quick march to extinction and irrelevance by the elephants and tea baggers. Population statistics and their own folly is leading to their own undoing. The youth of America is so much more in tune with where the D ticket will be taking us from an economic AND social standpoint. The R's had their chance and chose to alienate the vast majority of the population - esp the young, and the minorities. Pretty soon, Boner will have to shed some real tears, you might want to get him some tissues (grab some for yourslef while you're at it).

    March 1, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Darrell

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs...Oh, I know. The president wants to spend transportation money to create jobs in WI and FL, but the Republican Govs. of both states refuse to take the money. The House Republicans want to cut spending $61 Billion, resulting in 700,000 job loses. This is the Republicans idea of a jobs program. They don't have any real ideas on how to create jobs, but they get mighty angry if you try to touch their rich friends tax breaks or the oil/gas tax breaks. So, all you angry white men who have been blaming Obama for the past two years, I don't feel sorry for you because you voted for the same people who caused the great job lose during the GWB Great Recession. You are getting what you asked for nothing in return for your fact, you are getting leaders like Scott Walker (Gov. WI ) wants to see your working middle-class life suffer even more. The proof is in the putting...The House Republicans don't care about you because they have already secured their rich friends a tax cut for the next two years, while you wait for a job.

    March 1, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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