Boehner: ‘99 Percent of My Colleagues Are Decent, Honest People’

August 28, 2012 - 11:13 AM

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), speaking with reporters at a restaurant in Tampa, Fla., said Monday, “Ninety-nine percent of my colleagues are decent, honest people trying to do the right thing for the country.”

At a press lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, a reporter asked the top Republican, “Please share with us, Mr. Speaker, in a broad sense your ideas on how to make the American people have a more favorable view of Congress.”

Boehner replied that while “on any given day some of them are out there doing things they probably shouldn’t be doing,” 99 percent of his colleagues "are decent, honest people trying to do the right thing for the country.”

“Congress has been America’s favorite whipping boy for 200 years, and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon,” Boehner said. “And secondly, 435 members, and on any given day some of them are out there doing things they probably shouldn’t be doing. It’s just a fact, but I am going to say this.

“I know my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, and while there may be differences between some Democrats and Republicans, I can tell you that 99 percent of my colleagues are decent, honest people trying to do the right thing for the country, but we work in a setting that makes it very difficult for people to see that,” he said.

Boehner blamed the media for only covering issues that Congress has “big disagreement” on.

“You know, people think all we do is fight with each other. They don’t realize that 80 percent of the time, we’re working in a bi-partisan manner, getting the people’s work done, because the only thing they tend to see are those issues where we have a big disagreement, because that’s what gets covered,” he said.

“When we’re all holding hands and passing bills in a bipartisan way, it’s just not news,” Boehner added.

“But I’m proud of all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for the service they do for their constituents and the service they do for our country,” he said.