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GOP leader mocks Congress for so many oil hearings

From Deirdre Walsh, CNN
  • Stop the undersea gusher before holding hearings, says Rep. John Boehner
  • "Congress at its best," Boehner says mockingly
  • He is calling for a more bi-artisan approach to dealing with the disaster

Washington (CNN) -- House Republican leader John Boehner mocked Congress Thursday for holding multiple hearings on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster before experts have figured out how to stop the undersea gusher. He sarcastically called the packed hearing schedule: "Congress at its best."

"You know, why don't we get the oil stopped, all right? Figure out what the hell went wrong, and then have the hearing and get the damn law fixed," an exasperated Boehner told reporters at his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill.

When pressed about whether he supported lifting the liability cap on oil companies or restructuring the federal agency overseeing offshore drilling, Boehner sidestepped the questions, saying, "I don't know what people have in mind."

The Ohio congressman called for a bipartisan approach to oil spill legislation. Democrats, he said, have not yet reached out to Republicans.

"There is probably a lot that we can do and we can do it together," Boehner said.