September 13th, 2010
05:27 PM ET
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GOP leaders seek distance from Boehner on tax issue

Washington (CNN) - GOP colleagues of House Minority Leader John Boehner are distancing themselves from the Ohio Republican's recent remarks that he would support President Barack Obama's proposal to renew the expiring Bush tax cuts only for those making less than $250,000 if it were his only option.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Monday he will introduce legislation that would ensure that no one pays higher income taxes next year.

"We can't let the people who've been hit hardest by this recession and who we need to create the jobs that will get us out of it foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

Early Monday, the number two House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, released a statement emphasizing his focus on an across-the-board extension of all tax rates.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. jeb b.

    during the bush years it was a magic carpet ride the weathly had their way for 8+ yrs. now i ask mitch mcconnell don't he think its time for the regular folks the so-called joe the plumbers and the middle class to have their turn exclusively???????? boehener and mcconell is part of that machine who believes that you don't count unless you are from the right, the south, and you are rich. and last but not least [lily].............. i wish them 2 would go in a corner and hide.

    September 13, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    Now that Rep. Boner has said he would vote for the tax cut for the majority of Americans (all under $250K), the Dems should call his bluff and introduce a bill that does just that. I bet John pf Orange votes against it. He was cornered of national TV and yes I'll say it, he lied! The Dems should put a bill on the floor this week and call for a vote and everyone will see that the GOP will vote against it, vote against the middle class, protect the rich. Hypocrites!

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 13, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. Larry

    "We can't let the people who have been hit hardest by this recession" let me get this straight, the people making over $250,000 have been hit hardest by this recession. Really? Who do you serve?

    September 13, 2010 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. AndyBlue

    Ha!! Watch em turn on each other. They don't seem to have a clear message do they.

    I am so sick of these Republicans who see Americas middle class as peasants.

    September 13, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    as if the GOP is not divided enough already. I sense here though before the week is over ol' "Bonnie" is going to reach some sort of agreement with his brethren probably after he gets that 3am call from Boss Limbaugh telling him it doesn't look good to buck the far right.
    and he's in that 2% of tax payers who would get an increase.

    September 13, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Tina in NC

    I hope the repubs hold out for the tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the poor/middle class. Then I want to see if the Dems make them have a real filibuster. Drag out the cots. I DARE the repubs and blue dogs in the senate to filibuster middle class tax cuts!

    September 13, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. rs

    For once I'll say that Boehner is smart on this one- he has seen the polling. Overwhelmingly American don't beleive millionaires need $100,000 tax cuts or that America should dig the financial hole $1.7 trillion deeper to do give them to the rich. Republicans are toast on this one...

    September 13, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  8. Brian L

    It's good that the GOP sticks up for the rich.... I mean who else will?.... there should be evening specials aired each day on FOX News showing how hard the rich have it. For example John McCain.... How hard will it be for him to pay more taxes when he doesn't even know how many homes he owns????

    September 13, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. mother and sister of soldiers

    I don't fall into the group labeled as "wealthy" but why is it fair to raise taxes or expect those who are wealthy to pay more? In a country of 333 million citizens, less than half pay taxes. Fair is fair, let everyone carry the burdon and have a flat tax across the board. No one should be penalized for working hard, investing wisely and responsible spending. My tax dollars should not be paying for those unwilling to work a 40 hour week, any woman who chooses not to be sexually responsible burdoning the welfare system and 26 year olds on their parents company insurance taking job dollars. Everyone wants what canada has....they all pay taxes unlike this country! So, when you all get tax refund checks, you are now a welfare recipient!

    September 13, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. D0 Not Reply 2 this.

    And their off!!!.....Let's see who is going to further America ~or~ be left in the dust. These people really amaze me with all their renouncing when the other(s) in the "club" do not share the same interests. It goes to show you that the Relics' are STILL the old white mans club EXCEPT, they are fighting amongst themselves now! What could be better for the Demos! People better be prepared if the Relics' get back in the houses come November! Take a GOOD look at what you have managed to salvage so far these past 19 months compared to the previous 8 years! We make good money but, I feel for the "unedumacated". Can you say Tea for 2? Whoops, sorry, but there's only enough for one. (IF you vote the Relics' back in! NO SS that you paid into, NO medicare that you paid into, NO healthcare...I guess it's OK IF you currently have it. Mine is going up $300.00 a month come the new enrollment period in 16 days....

    September 13, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. annie s

    I am quite tired of hearing these people referred to as the job creators. The tax cuts were in place when we shed 8 million jobs during the Bush Administration. If they didn't create jobs then, why should we believe that extending the tax cuts will spur them to create them now?

    September 13, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. jules sand-perkins

    About this, President Obama said that we can't afford to extend tax cuts for those who provide the most jobs in our country.
    The President needs to be quiet now and listen to persons who can think.
    This president's foolishness has given us an "Obama debt" for which we need to set up a dedicated period of time to "pay down" separately from any other debt, humbly begging forgiveness from the world for our mistake in electing this lunatic.

    September 13, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  13. Cindy

    Boehner pulled an Ahmadinejad... a fake out. He's trying to be more compromising, now that Obama has been calling him out.

    Obama, keep up the good work, and call out the other obstructionists as well. It's working.

    September 13, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. Dennis

    Are you serious? Those making millions and millions of dollars were hit the hardest by the recession????? Further more these people DID NOT create an jobs just because they got a BUSH tax-cut. In fact, over 8,000,000 jobs were LOST. What it did do was allow them to buy another MANSION in the inlands and create jobs there. ANYBODY who gets up in the morning and works a 8, 10,12 hour day and thinks that the Republican Party is looking out for your best interest, should spend a couple of hours looking at the facts. Stock market does better under Democratic Administrations? Yes. Economy does better under Democratic Administrations? Yes. Budget deficits are less under Democratic Administrations? Yes. If you doubt this just look it up using reliable sources. Do not let Palin, Beck, Limpballs do your thinking for you. They only have THEIR self interest in mind. Let intelligence not emotion run your life.

    September 13, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Boner finally makes a rational decision and the cowards of the GOP distance themselves. What a sad sack of crap these pathetic people are!

    September 13, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  16. Dt

    How the hell are the rich foot the bill? i am sorry neocons u guys are some f up individuals. u guys scream and shout when unemployment benefits were extended for some, but u want the us to spend 700 billion on people that dont need the money. Wow unbelievable

    September 13, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. key

    Small business gross revenue may be over 250 thousand but the owners person income may not be. Politicians will twist the truth to suit their purpose.

    September 13, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    What was Boehner thinking? Dems are creating a class war and he is willing to go along with it? The Middle Class will get soaked next year and the poor the following year because you can only take so much from the rich! Here's a novel idea for both parties – cut spending!!!! Please pick another speaker please!!! November – a great month for the American taxpayer..!!!

    September 13, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Rick

    "We can't let the people who've been hit hardest by this recession and who we need to create the jobs that will get us out of it foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

    Wake up people!!! Do you actually think millionares were hit the hardest by this recession? Republicans are only looking out for their sugar daddy.

    September 13, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  20. they call me "tater salad"

    Mitch McConnell is and idiot and will soon be gone in November.

    September 13, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. King

    These repugs are crazy theyre all pushed to the right so if any one votes with obama will be their political death. The stupid american wants this so they can all obama again.

    September 13, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  22. barry

    What I like is Republicans are independent in their thinking. They are obviously taking a stand on what they think is right and not just the party line. This is the same thought process the blue dog Democrats have taken during the campaign as well. That is a lot better for the country than the lock step Leftist Democrat Socialist have taken. In the end the Republicans will prevail and our country will be much better for it.

    September 13, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
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