ABC News’ John R. Parkinson reports:
On the House floor this afternoon, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seized on Speaker John Boehner’s “so be it” remarks in response to a question about potential job loss related to the Republicans’ plan to cut $100 billion from the continuing resolution.
Pelosi went after Boehner for the apparent gaffe and said that House Republicans “have not presented a responsible plan for addressing the deficit.”
“Just today, Speaker Boehner said that if jobs are lost as a result of Republican spending cuts, ‘So be it.’ So be it?” Pelosi, D-Calif., asked incredulously. “Democrats do not subscribe to Speaker Boehner’s verdict that if jobs are lost in this Continuing Resolution, ‘So be it.’ Maybe ‘So be it’ for him. But not ‘So be it’ for the people who are losing their jobs. Instead, we support President Obama’s budget to ‘out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.’”
Earlier Tuesday, Boehner brushed aside a question about potential job losses resulting from the GOP’s $100 billion cuts, telling reporters that the expansion of the federal government over the past two years under Democratic rule has been an impetus for excessive federal spending and if some of those jobs are eliminated by the GOP’s cuts, then “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. We’re broke!” Boehner, R-Ohio, exclaimed. “It’s time for us to get serious about how we’re spending the nation’s money.”
Boehner then warned that by not acting to cut spending and reform entitlements, the country’s future is threatened.
“The biggest danger to our country is if we do not act,” Boehner said. “The status quo is shackling the future for our kids and grandkids – that’s why we have to act. And I believe that we can act in a responsible way to make sure that those entitlement programs that we have are sustainable for our parents and theirs and affordable for our kids and [our] grandkids.”
Pelosi said that the budget “should be a statement of our national values” and criticized Republicans for proposing cuts to programs like education, public safety and veterans’ benefits.
“Democrats and Republicans must work together to ensure our nation lives within its means. That’s for sure,” Pelosi said. “We must continue to aggressively attack waste, fraud, and abuse, and we will subject every taxpayer dollar we spend to the toughest scrutiny – ensuring the American people are getting their money’s worth.”