September 8th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
4 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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soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Dude

    So stop spending on infrastructure that mimmicks the New Deal that worked.

    And give all the GOPs' buddies all the cash theyve been recieving.

    How does this help small business?

    September 8, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. buster

    i feel trickled down on,,,

    September 8, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. larry

    The title of this plan is "Boner's recipe for disaster, steal from the poor and give to the rich".

    September 8, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. ruty

    Come on bone head–tell us your plan. Why did you not tell George Bush about this plan when he was destroying this nation? Sorry hate monger, you are a little late. Shut up and get back in the tanning booth.

    September 8, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Bone head at it again, save the tax breaks for the rich in the country, to hell with the workin' class, fascism, alive and well. I hope the republs are in power one more time, they will take this country to hell, every go buy your hand basket, you're going to need it.

    September 8, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. deegee

    Did I miss something? Where is the plan.... To little to late!

    September 8, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. RN

    Okay, so it has taken them 2 years after losing an election to come up with a plan. Then, we find out that this plan is the same as the plan the Republicans had that helped get us in this financial meltdown.
    Are they kidding? Are they stupid? or do they just believe the American people are stupid?
    Let's make the republicans go run and hide in NOvember.

    September 8, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. USA 1

    After the Tea Party/GOP extremists take over in November....

    The New Pledge of Allegiance

    I pledge allegiance, to the flag of the United Corporate States of America, and to the wealthy, for which it stands, one Corporation, under Wall Street, with discrimination and poverty for the American middle class.

    September 8, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Dave

    This makes perfect sense to me. President Obama lashed out against Bush for his deficits and the national debt. And now, Obama has the audacity to increase deficits and debt by exponential rates. What is worse, the media continues to side with the President as if nothing is wrong. If reporters actually did their job, this President's approval ratings would be much worse than they are now.

    September 8, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. Emerson

    Brilliant. Now what is your plan for reversing a forty year trend of hemmoraghing manufacutuing jobs overseas and for state and local governments to remain solvent. By the way, why no freeze on spending while the GOP was racking up the greatets deficit in American history whicle sepnding 10 billion a month on the Irag/Afghanistan contrived wars? Just more GOP double-speak .

    September 8, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Joe

    '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."'

    Quick! Who's go the Political Buzzword Bingo cards?

    September 8, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Laura, Boston

    It is a good start. At least it sounded like a plan a grown up formed.

    Boehner didn't rant and rave and say nasty things about the dems the way Obama did. I hope the Prez understands that the theatrics isn't going to work anymore. We stopped drinking the kool-aid as it was rotting out our brains.

    I think it is telling that not one dem that is running is saying I back Obama 97% of the time...no they are heading in the opposite direction and they are spinning it as a scheduling conflict....do they really think we are that dumb?

    September 8, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  13. Frasier6670

    Here's an idea ........ how about stopping all the entitlements we give to illegal aliens that come out of social security. I thought Social Security was not supposed to be touched by the government and here they are handing it away to people that don't even belong here. That's why it's going broke. I am working and being taxed social security my whole life and I might not even get it. You want to save billions, stop the madness with all these free give aways and start deporting these criminals.

    September 8, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. guest

    Ok, here it come the GOP's detailed new plan to turn the economy around and save America, I am so excited...and...and...shi*t, looks and smells the same, after 19 months and this is what they come up with?

    September 8, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. a little sad

    Surprise, surprise.

    Tax cuts for the wealthy and slash services for everyone else.

    2008 was so good for America that we must return to it.

    /sarcasm

    September 8, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. watching

    Boehner is right.
    look... his statement & finger is actually in the wind of polls to decide what the republican agenda will be.

    he has no ideas other than NO!
    go ahead put them back in charge.

    September 8, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  17. HelpUsAll

    Mr. Boehner nor anyone from the GOP/ Tea Partier’s have not listened to me about how I feel. "Built from the ground up" …..What a joke. The GOP/Tea Partier’s state how they know how the American people feel, but they have no clue. Spend a lifetime in my shoes and maybe they might understand. But I don't think so. The rich get richer and the middle class and the poor get poorer.

    September 8, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. DYLANSDADDY

    And the dems say the republicans dont have any ideas.

    September 8, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. America Shrugged

    This is the GOP plan? LOL... This fully detailed plan will be interesting. I believe that Obama has already asked congress to come up with cuts across the board. Doesn't sound like GOP has a plan other than extending bush tax cuts.

    September 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  20. Carl Justus

    Whoopie, he has come up the same plan the republicans already have-NOTHING.

    How is extending the tax cuts for the richest of Americans going to help the economy?????? The extra 46,000 dollars for those in the top bracket will not make a difference in creating jobs.

    Freezing the budget to the 2008 level will not create ONE JOB, Boehner should have stayed in his apartment or home instead of bar hopping again.

    September 8, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. Mason

    Sounds like a good start. Make the tax cuts freeze for three years and goverment spending for two years. Germany did it and their economy is humming and we are stuck in reverse with the Partisan and Chief leading the show.

    September 8, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. Kurt

    Wow, I'm shocked. Boehner doesn't want the rich to sacrifice. The middle and working class are CONSTANTLY sacrificing! Especially in these two wars that we've waged. And it's asking the rich too much that they contribute to their country? Unreal Mr. Boehner...

    September 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Greg Smith

    No Mr. Boehner, those won't work. Freezing government spending will keep the governement from reacting and taking measures to continue to deal with the recession that your party created. Freezing tax rates to prevent the Bush tax cuts from expiring is just bad economics. The people who make over $250K who would be affected do not contribute to creating the consumer demand that businesses are waiting on. Businesses are hoarding cash right now so the logic of continuing to give those income levels continued tax breaks to stimulate business growth and hiring doesn't fly. Small business needs orders to start hiring. Orders that come from consumer demand. Consumers are de-leveraging from debt and until they get to a more comfortable level consumer demand will not increase. Give the tax breaks to the middle class so they can pay down debt faster and then start to create demand.

    September 8, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Anonymous

    The country is panicked about the economy and the republican leader wants us to "freeze". Great plan. No, lets not actually DO something about it, lets just FREEZE.

    September 8, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Shayne from NH

    An idea??? An actual PLAN?? Wow! It's been two years to get to this point for the GOP. And they say Obama is too little too late!

    September 8, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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