September 8th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
8 years ago

Boehner unveils GOP plan for economic recovery

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday unveiled the GOP’s plan for economic recovery.

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday unveiled the GOP’s plan for economic recovery.

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."

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bonehead is going on the defensive now that the President is coming to his backyard. Don't get scared now. Your obstruction has been visible for the last 22 months and now all of a sudden you have a plan. Give me a break.

    September 8, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Chipster

    It's the same old plan they always offer: tax cuts for the wealthy, spend so taxpayers don't feel the pain, repeat often that it's someone else's fault (working people, unemployed, welfare moms, blah, blah, blah.). Claim that deficits and outsourcing jobs are good until Democrats are in charge, then blame them. Repeat, repeat, repeat the message and the public eats it up.

    September 8, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Liz the First

    The GOP plan is the same as it's been for years, do whatever you can to help the wealthy and destroy the middle class! that's their plan. anyone who is not one of the top 2% in this country has no reason whatsoever to vote for these self-serving, greedy people. they want to rule for the benefit of the wealthy. Democrats want to govern for the benefit of the American people. the choice couldn't possibly be clearer. failed republican policies that nearly destroyed the country and will finish the job if these folks regain control, or vote Democratic and keep the country headed in the right direction out of recession and back to peace and prosperity. this is a no-brainer, folks. the folks with no brain will be voting for the party of NO.

    September 8, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. dblzap

    Cut services that help the common man and Tax Breaks again, wow, these greedy jerks need to change their song or people may figure out who the GOP really care about!

    Narcissistic jerks to be run into the ground by bonehead?

    If they succeed then the saying "A sucker born every minuet" will come true again

    PT Barnum would have loved to see this!!!

    September 8, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. T

    Plan A: Do nothing. Plan B: Do nothing. Great plans.

    September 8, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  6. Nando

    As I thought this idiot would offer nothing that will help the Middle Class just his rich tanning bed buddies !!! don't even waste the paper to print it its already in the garbage !!! Moron !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  7. GI Joe

    I have a two-year plan for the Orange.

    No more golfing with lobbyists.

    No more drinking with lobbyists.


    September 8, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  8. Byrd

    Every few months CNN writes a headline telling us the repugs have a shiney new economic plan and every time it's the same ol' same ol' from Boehner: more tax cuts for the wealthy and eliminate all spending that benefits the America public. Boehner and his minions are totally clueless.

    September 8, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Brian

    Typical Republican strategy- freeze government spending, which means funding for programs to help the out of work and working poor will be lessened or in some cases cut off, and basically extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich by another two years. The GOP's strategy has been to help the people who don't need help, i.e. the rich, for far too long and it's a shame that so many working class people don't see that. The people that benefit the most from tax cuts are the rich, not working class citizens. I guess it was alright to strangle the government's spending in the early 2000's by passing two huge tax cuts for the rich... and then start two wars at the same time which did nothing but turn a huge surplus into a huge deficit. So what we have here is another typical, hypocritical Republican crying foul on government spending- yet it was okay when Dubya was in the White House and the GOP was in control of both houses in Congress.

    September 8, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Neil

    Since when do republicans care about creating jobs.They have obstructed every effort President Obama has tried to get through the senate.I really can't understand why anyone would vote for this bunch of hypocrites.They have declared war on Americas middle class.

    September 8, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Yeh right! A two year extention on tax breaks? Hoping to hold off, hoping Obama won't get a second term. Well, couldn't see through that one. Who's going to pay for it Boehner? Deficeit remember. Try voting for some of the purpose bills for small businesses if you're so concerned.

    September 8, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. annie s

    I still don't understand the logic. The Bush tax cuts for the rich were in place during the loss of 8 million jobs in how exactly will continuing them create jobs now?

    September 8, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. aeb

    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."

    So glad they're pulling from their bank "of experts" on this one. The average Joe sure does have a deep understanding and knowledge on economic policy.

    September 8, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  14. ABM

    NOW he comes up with a plan? Why now – let me guess....hmmm. You want to show people that you can do something. You spent the last 18 months dragging your feet and coming up with nothing but:
    a) scrap the whole thing
    b) "we do not agree"
    c) Our plans are "TBD"
    d) They are ramming down our throats (btw – that is such a poor excuse)

    Your lousy actions since PRESIDENT Obama took office tells the whole picture. You are not willing to work with others across the aisle until you have power.

    I seriously hope people have the good sense NOT to vote GOP and send a clear message that obstructionism is not good policy.

    Vote for progress and action - not cry babies.

    September 8, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Hunter of the lib hunter

    So what is it, orange man? Tax cuts or national debt? The unfunded tax cuts, along with the unfunded Iraq war, unfunded bank bail outs, unfunded tax cuts for big business to send jobs overseas, and even you know you cannot make up that much money by cutting social security and medicare. I think it is time for you to head for the golf course and have an extended nineteenth hole, as your positions contradict reason.

    September 8, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  16. Jerry

    January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress: At the time:
    The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
    The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
    The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
    George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!
    Remember the day... Four years of democrats in control appear to be four to many.

    September 8, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  17. lady c

    this crook still don"t have no plan. Ohio vote this punk out of office please dem get out and vote.

    September 8, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    When will the American people realize that this nation is greater than these two failed political parties. No cooperation between these two polarized parties. They stand not for America but for their party, they do not represent the people but only their party.
    Democrat/ Republican these are nothing more than businesses in politics to make a profit at the expense of the American people's freedom.
    John Boehner/ Nancy Pelosi should not be in Washington in Jan. 2011, both of them should be Fired for refusing to help the American people in the worst crisis of the last six generations.

    This fall vote "No to incumbents"

    Fire All incumbents!

    September 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  19. Ed L

    No surprise here... Boner wants to save the rich from having to pay their fair share of taxes....


    September 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Eric

    Gee, spend less. Gosh, what a novel idea... it's only what the American people have been screaming about for two effing years.

    September 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    "House GOP sources say they will unveil a broader Republican agenda later this month."

    What happened to their 19 page triple spaced budget that they were going to have ready last March? They think we don't remember this stuff.

    September 8, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  22. Tina in PA

    Yeh right! Hoping Obama won't make it to a second term so you can keep the tax breaks in place? Can't see through that one. Who's going to pay for it Boehner? That's billions of dollars. What about the deficiet you're so concerned about. Try voting for some of the purposed bills for small business. Oh no, can't do that it would be voting for something the Obama's administration suggested. You're so for helping the American people. Millions of people are unemployed but you say don't help them, give it the rich. The poor can work it out somehow. There is no shame.

    September 8, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. expat

    So...extend Bush tax cuts and no new spending...that's it? That's the whole plan? First, why did it take so long? Second – that's it? An financial collapse, and the GOP is basically saying "hey america, we'll take less but give you less, figure it our yourselves".

    And about the tax cuts, they are the biggest burden on the deficit, so its hard for the GOP to argue that they are serious about it. Secondly, does anyone think it is suspicious that they only want a two year extension? It seems like they want to set up another debate for 2012.

    September 8, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Bout time

    Any plan that will stop this mind boggling spending and destruction of the country by this admiminstration and present congressional leaders will be relief. The first thing we need is a flat tax rate across the board. A fixed percentage rate for everyone. No free rides. Repeal the disastrous healthcare reform bill, quash the cap and trade,reform the welfare system,social security system and the government give away programs that are currently full of waste, fraud and inefficiency.
    Stop illegal immigration, (we can put men on the moon but we can't seem to build a decent fence that works?) Deport illegals, let them come in the proper way and pay taxes, or let calderone worry about supporting them.

    September 8, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  25. drr

    So in other words, he wants us to return to those robust times known as th Bush years. What an idiot!

    September 8, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
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