Bernie Sanders Lays Into John Boehner, “No More Excuses” Do Your Job


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) had a blunt message for Speaker of the House John Boehner. Sanders told Boehner to stop making excuses and do his job.

In a statement, Sen. Sanders said:

The Senate said in a clear, bipartisan way that the Department of Homeland Security should not be shut down and that we must remain vigilant against terrorist threats. The ball is now in the court of Speaker Boehner and his Republican House. Ninety-eight senators, including 54 Republicans, voted for a clean bill to fund the department. Speaker Boehner has run out of excuses. The House must pass a bill and get it to the president immediately.

According to National Journal, Democrats are worried that McConnell may stab them in the back, “The real concern among Democrats is that Sen. Ted Cruz or Jeff Sessions or another immigration hard-liner will force McConnell to stab them in the back. But Cruz said Wednesday that Democrats can’t blame him for their trepidations; he won’t delay passage of the bill.”

If Senate Republicans hold up their end of the bargain, the fate of Homeland Security will be up to John Boehner. The reality is that by cutting a deal with Democrats, Mitch McConnell got even with Boehner. For weeks, John Boehner has been throwing Mitch McConnell under the bus. Boehner has made it clear that McConnell is on his own.

Sen. Sanders’s statement perfectly stated the situation. The Senate united in a bipartisan agreement on a clean Homeland Security funding bill. The blame for the Homeland Security funding fiasco is squarely on the shoulders of the House Republicans. If recent history is a guide, Boehner will eventually cave and bring the Senate bill to the House floor for a vote. Boehner will be able to cobble enough votes together in the House leadership to pass the bill with the support of Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats.

The conservative bloggers and outside groups will be outraged, as President Obama and his united Democratic Party will triumph over the fractured and dysfunctional Republicans.

22 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Lays Into John Boehner, “No More Excuses” Do Your Job”

  1. Boehner doesnt know what doing his job means. He thought he only had to schedule the Congressional vacation days.Only 126 days of work for $174,000 to $223,500 a year in salaries plus benefits. Sweet deal.If he loses his speakership, his pay drops, explaining his pandering to both sides of his caucus.

  2. He may not do very well as Speaker, but at least his tenure in Congress goes back far enough to when people on both sides knew how to govern. Newer folks only seem to know how to throw temper tantrums and red meat, but don’t have the first clue about actual governance. It’s as if they have never taken basic Civics.

  3. The right wingers are livid over this, I imagine Boehner is feeling their bat shit crazy wrath. That’s what happens when you let the spoiled brats boss you around.

  4. Boehner is a coward, a Lily delivered coward! A wuss! A punk, a weak leader! He’s not worthy to wipe behinds n a nursing home! He Lowe’s every time he has to actually lead! And to think, he actually wanted this position after everything the RWNJ’S have put him through these past 6 years! smh.

  5. The right wingers are calling for McConnell and Boehner’s heads. They regret allowing McConnell to be re-elected, saying they’d rather have a dem in office than a traitor in their midst.

    Seriously. They hate these establishment repubs, who are not “conservative” enough.

  6. Anyone who votes GOP is just hurting themselves. Even the myopic, pious, self-centered, self-absorbed, power hungry, idiot billionaires would make more money with a more progressive policy on all issues. If the middle class and less fortunate have money they spend it and the money ends up in the pockets of the rich anyway.

  7. fuck him, he hasn’t earned a dime so far, let him apply for social security & food stamps like everybody else

  8. 98-2. Wonder what future bill the Democrats agreed to pass for Mitch? My guess is to overrule the veto of the keystone pipeline, but we will see.

  9. “Boehner doesnt know what doing his job means. He thought he only had to schedule the Congressional vacation days.Only 126 days of work for $174,000 to $223,500 a year in salaries plus benefits. Sweet deal.”

    This is nothing compared to the insider trading they have fought to keep alive has benefited them. It’s illegal for you and me, but for Congress it is legal. The Politicians of our country are owned by Wall Street, currently. They care nothing for the majority, as long as their grass is green.

  10. Bohner is the quintessential political crook.
    Even tho His (and most) public want things to change He and his groupies VOTE as THEY like not what their constituents want…..

  11. Senator Sanders tells it like it is. Direct. I doubt he could win the Presidency (would be nice if he did), but maybe a Clinton/Sanders ticket?

  12. The only terrorist group in the Unite States that must be investigated and stopped is the bunch on lunatics who all can be located on capitol hill in Washington. I don’t care about Homeland Security. They can be disbanded and responsibilities returned to those who had them before 9/11 and the Bush era gestapo was formed to protect the “fatherland.” But congress has got to go and soon, or they will utterly destroy what little is left of American democracy.

  13. Sanders is both a self labeled socialist and a citizen of Israel, both of which would keep him from winning a national election.

  14. I like what Bernie Sanders says. But being a self proclaimed socialist and a dual citizen of Israel with a sworn loyalty to a foreign country means he cannot win a national election.

  15. Run Bernie Run!

    This is the kind of man we need to lead a political revolution and wake up those apathetic voters.

    There is a reason why this man is absolutely on fire everywhere he speaks. By 2016, “Bernie Sanders” will be a common household name.

  16. Bernie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, U.S.A. It doesn’t matter that he has a dual-citizenship status with Israel. Let’s not forget that actions matter.

    Bernie Sanders is one of the FIRST to pledge to boycott Netanyahu’s visit this March.

    As for his “socialist status”, well, that could (but might not) pose a problem in the 2016 elections. But his dual-citizenship won’t. Not by a LONG shot – at least, not outside the ultra-Left who now support him, but who don’t support Israel’s persistent excursions into Gaza (something Senator Sanders does seem to support albeit begrudgingly).

  17. While I love Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren and think they would be great presidents or vice presidents, we have a strong chance with Hilary and we’ll also need these strong players to support her, right where they are.

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