ABC News' John R. Parkinson Reports:
Minority Leader John Boehner called the episode between the Obama Administration and USDA official Shirley Sherrod "unfortunate" and says he supports Sherrod getting her old job back.
“This lady’s been put through Hell and back, and I hope that she receives the appropriate apologies and has an opportunity to return to her job,” Boehner said. “This is not the way to treat fellow Americans.”
At his weekly press conference today, Boehner also criticized President Obama for signing the financial regulatory bill this week, telling reporters that all the administration has to offer the country is “more stimulus spending, more debt, higher taxes and more job killing regulations.”
“The financial regulatory bill that the president signed this week is just another big government power grab that’ll make it even harder to create jobs. It provides for permanent bailouts to President Obama’s Wall Street allies at the expense of small businesses and community banks across the county. Frankly, it’s just more of the same,” Boehner said.
The Ohio Republican also criticized Congressional Democrats for failing to create jobs despite passing expensive spending bills, claiming that Republicans are the only members coming up with new ideas to create jobs, but that the administration has refused to seriously consider their ideas.
“For 18 months we’ve had a government that believes that change is only possible by passing 2000-page, trillion dollar monstrosities one after the other. Americans are still asking the question, ‘where are the jobs?’” Boehner said. “President Obama can ignore all of our ideas for as long as he wants, but he can’t refuse to listen to the American people for much longer.”
As a change to the military’s role in Iraq approaches at the end of August, shifting the strategy from combat to advisory, Boehner knocked Vice President Biden for a recent claim that success in Iraq is a result of President Obama’s policies.
“Now I supported President Obama when he decided to continue General Petraeus’s surge strategy. But here’s my question: where would Iraq be today if the plans that were supported by then-Senator Obama and then-Senator Biden and the rest of the Congressional Democrats who wanted to pull out our troops and leave Iraq to the terrorists and more chaos?” Boehner asked. “The success in Iraq belongs to our troops, their commanders on the ground and the Iraqi people.”
Boehner also discussed his vision for a Republican-controlled House, renewing his pledge that the GOP takes back the majority this November, he’ll post bills online for 72 hours before a vote on the House floor.
“One of the things American people are most fed up is the practice of rushing massive expensive bills to the floor before anyone has had a chance to read them,” the Minority Leader said. “Why? Because they came to the floor in the middle of the night.”
“It’s a culture of garbage in, garbage out,” Boehner said. “This is the People’s House, and the American people and their members of Congress have the right to read these bills before they’re voted on…We need to have ‘Read the Bill’ reform, and we need to have it now.”