Entries in Speaker John Boehner (3)


Boehner on GOP House: ‘Hard to Keep 218 Frogs in a Wheelbarrow’

Fred Watkins/ABC(WASHINGTON) -- Republican House Speaker John Boehner compared trying to pass a bill in the House of Representatives to keeping “218 frogs in a wheelbarrow” on This Week on Sunday morning.

“I’ve never been shy about leading. But you know, leaders need followers. And we’ve got 89 brand new members. We’ve got a pretty disparate caucus,” Speaker Boehner said. “It is hard to keep 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed.”

Boehner was responding to my question about the perception held by some that he has had difficulty maintaining control over his caucus during his tenure—especially the GOP freshman.

Boehner said he has no doubt that he will continue in his role as speaker if his party can hold the House in November. And while he feels “pretty good” about the ability of the GOP to hold its majority, he conceded “you never know what’s gonna happen.”

“I feel pretty good about where we are today. But you know, my job is—as the leader—is to make sure that if everything falls apart, that we still have the tools that we need to hold onto our majority in the House,” he said. “As a matter of fact, I think most of our members are doing very well. But again, you never know what’s gonna happen over the next six months.”

For her part, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said “I do” when asked on This Week if she thought her party would win back the House of Representatives if 2012’s election was held today.

“I feel pretty good about where we are,” she said, guessing that 75 Republican seats are up for grabs this year.

The Democrats lost their majority in 2010 when Pelosi was speaker.

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Senate Passes Budget Deal, Sends to the White House

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In a 81-19 vote, the Senate passed a bipartisan funding deal that will finance the government through the completion of the fiscal year in September. 

Now that both the House and the Senate have voted in favor, the measure -- expected to cut $38.5 billion from the federal budget -- will be sent to the White House for President Obama's signature.

This is the same agreement reached last week by the president, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 

Speaker Boehner said earlier Thursday that while the deal is "not perfect" and "no cause for celebration," it was just the first step Republicans are taking to cut spending.

The 19 senators voting against the deal consisted of 15 Republicans, three Democrats and one independent.

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Schumer to ABC News: Boehner 'Will Look Awful' If Gov't Shuts Down

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With a government shutdown looming, the blame game is in full swing. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., tells ABC News that while a shutdown would be “bad for everybody,” the public will judge House Speaker John Boehner as the main reason why it’s happening.

“I think they're understanding that Speaker Boehner's unwillingness to deviate from these ideological riders because the Tea Party has him sort of as almost a hostage -- they'll understand that,” Schumer said.

Of Boehner’s statement this week to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “there’s no daylight between the Tea Party and me,” Schumer said, “I wouldn't have said that if I were him.  Tea Party is not so popular in the U.S.”

Whether or not there’s a shutdown, he said, “really depends on one man:  John Boehner. He's caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock are the Tea Party hard-line Congress members. … But the other direction is he's the head of the Republican Party. And he knows if a shutdown occurs – and if it occurs because of these non-ideological riders like women's health -- he will look awful.”

“So he's stuck between a rock and a hard place. And if you wanted to get a bird's eye view of what's happening, you should be inside Speaker Boehner's brain. That's the only way to tell what's going to happen.”

Schumer asserted that Boehner offered President Obama a firm number for budget cuts – suggesting an agreement that Boehner and his staff say does not exist.

“At the White House last night, Speaker Boehner offered a number: $78 billion -- $78 billion in cuts. The president said we'll take that. And they spent all the rest of the time on the riders. The issue is not spending, but I understand where Speaker Boehner is. If everyone knew it was these riders he'd be in real trouble because no one thinks these riders belong on this bill. And so if it's really spending he should get up and pledge right now, 'I will take the riders off.' ”

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