Covington, KY (CNN) - The man in line to be Speaker of the House should Republicans win the majority is trying to convince voters his party isn't just against Democrats policies – they have ideas of their own.
In advance of President Obama's economic speech in Cleveland, Ohio native son John Boehner released a two part GOP proposal he says he wants Congress to take up this month when they return for a brief session.
First, the plan calls for Congress to freeze most government spending for next year at 2008 levels, before the near $800 billion dollar stimulus bill was passed.
Second, Republicans want to enact a two year freeze on all current tax rates. This is intended to stop all Bush era tax cuts from expiring.
The president campaigned on ending those tax cuts for families making $250,000 or more. Many Congressional Democrats back that idea, saying the wealthiest Americans should be taxed at higher rates. In key races all over the country Republicans have been blasting their Democratic opponents, saying raising those tax rates would end up hurting small businesses and inhibit consumer spending.
Republicans know there is virtually no chance of this passing before November, but this does give a glimpse of what direction a GOP House Majority may take, and in real terms show how they would try to affect President Obama's agenda.
House GOP sources say they will unveil a broader Republican agenda later this month.
In a statement, Boehner's office said that agenda "is being built from the ground up by listening to the American people who want Washington to end its out-of-control spending spree and end uncertainty for small businesses so they can get back to creating jobs."