Boehner Flashback: “I’ll commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill”

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 at 7:30 am

Naturally a lot of people will tell him to go for it. This is from the wayback machine, dating to 1996, but apparently is newsworthy here in 2014. We guess the idea is to encourage him to kill the minimum wage or himself.

Speaker John Boehner is so against raising the minimum wage that he once said he would rather commit suicide than vote for a “clean” increase.

The Ohio Republican and son of a barkeep has repeatedly opposed federally mandated hike increases, which have been a constant in the Democrats’ election-year playbook.

Boehner has “always believed that it’s a job killer,” former Ohio Rep. Steve LaTourette, a labor-friendly Republican who is close to Boehner, told The Hill. He pointed to the Congressional Budget Office’s recent report that found that increasing the minimum wage could cost the economy 500,000 jobs.

Some Democrats are optimistic Boehner will cave and allow a vote this year, but the record shows there is little if any daylight between the pro-business Speaker and his conservative conference on this issue.

Boehner made the comments about suicide in an April 1996 interview with The Weekly Standard.

“I’ll commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill,” Boehner, then the head of the House Republican Conference, said at the time.

Four months later, President Clinton over Boehner’s objections signed a minimum wage hike into law that lifted the wage by 90 cents, from $4.25 per hour to $5.15.

It was a job-killer then and will be again now. But with nothing else to run on but class warfare and cheap demagoguery, expect ads from the Democrats calling for Boehner to commit suicide.


2 Responses to “Boehner Flashback: “I’ll commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill””

  1. HoundOfDoom on 21/21/14 at 10:18 am

    Ads from Democrats will have to get in line after tea party / conservative ads asking cryin’ Johnny to off himself.

    Hope his lining up that new house in Florida foretells an imminent primary loss.