September 12th, 2010
10:57 AM ET
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Boehner says he'd vote for Democratic tax proposal

 House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday that if he had to, he would vote for a Democratic proposal to restore higher tax rates on the richest Americans.
House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday that if he had to, he would vote for a Democratic proposal to restore higher tax rates on the richest Americans.

(CNN) - The top Republican in the U.S. House said Sunday he would vote for extending tax cuts to all but the wealthiest Americans, if that's the only option available.

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, told the CBS program "Face the Nation" that he wants the tax cuts from the Bush administration extended to everyone.

However, if President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats push through their plan to extend the tax cuts to Americans earning less than $250,000 a year while restoring higher tax rates on others, Boehner said he would vote for it.

"If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I'll vote for them," Boehner said, later adding: "But I'm going to do everything I can to fight to make sure that we extend the current tax rates for all Americans."


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  1. katiec

    Boehner is such a hypocrit. He will say anything, when, behind the scenes he has made sure he will not have to do what is right for our country.
    He is in bed with the lobbyists, having brought 100 to DC to help fight Finance Reform. He has stated he and the republicans will return to their politicies prior to President Obama, which almost destroyed our country.
    America, we cannot allow this party which has and will continue to sacrifice us and our country for Wall St and the rich, to regain control. It would be the destruction of our country as we once knew it.

    September 12, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. pb_steve

    Wow, readers of CNN are really anti-business and anti American. One guy actually wants his taxes raised? He could just write a check and send the money in voluntarily, but I don't think he will. Will you?

    September 12, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Carmelle

    Pass the bill to make middle class tax cuts permanent first. Then, let repubs explain how spending 700B by giving it to millionaire individuals too (instead of businesses only) will create jobs. What happened to them paying for themselves? I guess that line didn't work too well.

    BTW, Boehner.....what do you have up your sleeves? Trying to show indys that if you were speaker you would work with the POTUS? How does your base feel about that?

    The real question is: What policies will you pushing forward...the ones of your lobbyist friends who fly you and spoil you rotten, or the ones for the ppl you were elected to serve?

    September 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Boehner knows that Obama has definite plans to RAISE taxes on EVERYONE not just those earning over 250K per year.

    What happened to The Party of NO drivel coming from you Liberal posters? The House Minority Leader is agreeing with Bozo!

    Bla bla bla!

    September 12, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Death Panel Sarah

    Why does he want to fight for the 'richies'???

    They can BUY enough elections as it is.

    September 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. LFF

    There seems to be either a lack of understanding the issues from most of those who've commented below or an unwillingness to understand.
    How does it not make sense to vote for some of what you want instead of none of it?
    Have the liberals below actually convinced themselves that the Republican position is to give tax cuts to the rich and not to anyone else?
    What he is saying very simply is that he wants to maintain the tax cuts for everyone BUT if he can't get that he will settle for the tax cuts that exclude those making over $250, 000 a year.
    There is no reason why you should have any problem understanding this, it's quite simple really.

    September 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. Bengus81

    Just his usual Tan Man ploy to try and get him and a majority elected to Congress. Then they'll once again push through the massive tax cuts for people like the billionaire Kochs so they can continue to fund the Tea Bangers.

    September 12, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Eve

    Only tax the truly rich....those making $500K plus a year. Everyone else is middle class. Families making $250K a year are middle-class in California. And believe me, we're not rich.

    September 12, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Daniel Schlafer

    There are probably a whole lot of Democratic proposals that John Boehner might vote for ? I am not really surprized that he would like to extend middle class tax cuts .I would be really surprized if he is the next Speaker of the House of Representatives . Would someone contact former Speaker Denny Hastert and ask him if Representative Boehner was ever his Whip ? Hastert and his team supported the Bush/Cheney tax cuts which increased the debt as much as anything President Obama [ how can the call him a socialist ? ] has ever done . Will Sarah Palin , the Republican Tea Party , and every patriotic american request that minority leader Boehner be called in for investigation for his fraudelent action and speeches ?

    September 12, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. Bengus81

    pb_steve–as usual the crowd that wants smooth,ultra wide Interstate highways,endless War,the Pentagon buying 500.00 screwdrivers and the Military maintaining over 300 golf courses but then doesn't want to pay for them.

    September 12, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. Me

    Hmm, I make about $35k. I can't afford say, 10% in taxes. Now if I made $350k a year, I would not even feel a 10% hit or even more than that. It's time the rich pay their fair share.

    September 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. teena

    When has boehner EVER voted for anything the democrats come up with?
    This guy will say he is going to vote for tax breaks for the middle class but of course when the vote comes he will make up some excuse for why he can only vote NO!
    What a lying bag of tea!

    September 12, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Ryan Wing

    To all of you who cry that this is raising taxes on small business owners, only 2% of small business owners make over $250k a year.

    September 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. sycamore

    The expiring tax on the "wealthy" only applies to the amount of income over $250,000.
    I am a small business owner with 12 employees. I have no problem with the proposal to let the cuts expire for amounts over $250,000.

    September 12, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. JaiJ

    Why are you Republicans so dillusional?......WHO CARES if taxes are reset back to 3 extra percent on rich, wealthy, snobby people. You conservatives scare me because less educated people can't decipher the coded words your use. Or the misinformation about Obama that you peddle on faux news.

    September 12, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. g

    trickle-down needs more time to work

    September 12, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Pat-SJ

    @LFF: It is not quite as simple as you think. The tax cuts for the highest incomes were the majority dollars. Everyone else got the dregs. So yes, some of us feel that "the Republican position is to give tax cuts to the rich and not (or very little) to anyone else?

    September 12, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    If they wanted PERMANENT tax cuts for the wealthiest, that's what they should have voted for 9 years ago when they had total control - about the time our massive deficits began to grow ( the money had to be BORROWED) for the wars and the wealthy tax cuts.

    September 12, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Pat-SJ

    Sycamore, thank you for debunking the lie that it is on revenues rather than taxable income over 250k. As a California small business owner, I agree with you.

    September 12, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. LiberalNN

    Per liberals: if you disagree with President Obama, you are a racist. If you believe that Islam is at war with America, you are a racist. If you disagree with liberals, you are a racist. If you are a Republican, you are a racist.

    September 12, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Pat-SJ

    @Eve, I live in California and you are wrong, making $250k a year does make you rich. Spend less, enjoy your life more.

    September 12, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. JD

    Interesting how we NEED those Bush tax cuts for the people Obama and liberals claim Republicans never did anything for.

    September 12, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. Independent

    Ya Right!!!! I'll believe it when I see it....The man of "NO" saying this....

    September 12, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. Pat-SJ

    JD: so your alternative is to let them all expire?

    September 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  25. Keith in Austin

    I love reading all the comments coming from Liberal patriots saying they would gladly pay more in taxes. PS: To the idiot that cites that only 2 per cent of small businesses earn over 250k per year. Your lemonade stand not withstanding, it's about the jobs affecting millions of Americans!

    September 12, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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