Democrats have largely embraced the Occupy demonstrations, while some Republicans were quick initially to dismiss it as a movement of "mobs." BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists bounce back under Trump Business groups silent on Trump's Ex-Im nominee Chaffetz won't run for reelection MORE has been more cautious to address the subject, although a demonstration by Orange County protesters interrupted a fundraising golf tournament Boehner participated in there about two weeks ago.
Boehner, who was introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellStudy: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again MORE (R-Ky.), used his speech on Monday to address Congress’s high disapproval numbers in recent polls.
"My message today is simple: Faith in government has never been high, but it doesn't have to be this low,” he said. “The American people need to see that despite our differences, we can get things done. We can start by recognizing that common ground and compromise are not the same thing.”
Rep. John YarmuthJohn YarmuthTrump becomes wild card in spending fight House Democrat introduces bill to amend presidential removal procedures CBO: Budget deficits, debt to reach record highs in 30 years MORE (D-Ky.), present in the audience, told WDRB: "When [Boehner] talked about common ground, what he should have talked about was where through the entire last 10 months, his membership in Congress has given up one inch."