September 15th, 2010
01:03 PM ET
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Hoyer on tax cuts

 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke ou Wednesday on tax cuts.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer spoke ou Wednesday on tax cuts.

Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer left open the possibility Wednesday that Democrats could consider proposals to extend tax cuts to upper income taxpayers.

"I'm always, as you know, prepared to discuss alternatives so we can move forward," Hoyer said at his weekly session with reporters on Capitol Hill.

But Hoyer repeatedly argued for President Obama's proposal – legislation that would just extend tax cuts for those making $250,000 a year and under.

"I've made my position very clear, Hoyer said, adding, "The President's position is the position that I think makes sense for working people, for our economy, and for long term concerns we have about the deficit."

Careful not to criticize those moderate Democrats who are still pushing for a short term extension of all the expiring tax cuts, Hoyer said members should make up their own minds about how to vote on the tax extensions. "Every member needs to take their own position on this issue as to what they think is appropriate."

The Maryland Democrat stressed that leaders have not made a decision whether they will move forward on a vote before the midterm elections, noting that they are waiting to see what the Senate decides to do.

But Hoyer did take the opportunity to point out that House Republican Leader John Boehner said over the weekend that he could support a compromise focused on just the middle income tax breaks, if it were the only option. Hoyer referred to Boehner's comments on a Sunday talk show, as "a few short seconds of reasonableness."

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Eric

    The fact is, this is no longer a discussion on tax cuts.

    It's now a discussion on tax hikes.

    Futher, government doesn't need to PAY FOR tax cuts, as the money never belonged to government to begin with.

    For those whining about allowing people to keep more of their own money (instead of sending it to the genetic defectives in washington to waste), and whining about how to pay for it, I have two words for you:
    SPENDING CUTS.

    THAT'S the only way to "pay" for stealing less of people's money.

    September 15, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. Duck Fallas

    All hail our wealthy superiors.

    September 15, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    "The President's position is the position that I think makes sense for working people, for our economy, and for long term concerns we have about the deficit."
    =====================================================
    Pardon me while I puke... Obozo doesn't have a CLUE when it comes to the economy. The fool thinks the government IS the economy!

    The DemocRATS and this political kabuki of theirs is a joke. They have no intention of doing ANYTHING on this during an election cycle. They just spout this BS to try and catch Republicans in traps during interviews, like Boehner this past weekend. The Republicans need to stick to their guns on this one because the only bipartisan support if for keeping the status quo for the next 2 years.

    Even the DemocRATS aren't dumb enough to raise taxes during a recession but they are so ideology driven they might just cut off their nose to spite their face.

    September 15, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Alex

    It's a fact that whenver taxes are cut, the middle-class takes the brunt of the loss to the federal budget. And it's also a fact that cutting taxes for the rich doesn't do squat for the economy.

    TAX THE RICH!!! TAX THE RICH!!!

    RE-distribute the WEALTH BACK TO THE MIDDLE-CLASS!!!!

    THE BUSH TAXES ONLY HELPED THE WEALTHY and HURT THE MIDDLE-CLASS!!!

    If the radical right-wing is so concerned about our deficit, duh....

    September 15, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Extensions for the rich, would not be a recommendation.

    September 15, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Mike D

    Histroically Democrats move to the "center" to win an election. Some even move slightly to the right. Obama did and they learned. The problem is they move back so fast they have to hit the wall to stop. Implement the Fair tax system and abolish the IRS. Why? Drug dealers, illegals, money launderers and tax dodgers have to eat too. We can still provide welfare to the needy but lets capture this missing tax revenue by creating an inescapable system.

    September 15, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. JES

    If you keep taxing the rich what happens when there is nothing left to tax.

    Balance the budget and stop spending money that you don't have.

    Why can't we uethe government for wasteful spending of our tax dollars.

    September 15, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. jim

    Hoyer would not have taken this position had it not been for the upcomming elections in Nov.Let voters not be deceived. And how does he propose paying for them as they are estimated to add trillions to the deficit over the next 10 years. Beam me up Scottie !!!!

    September 15, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Right Leaning Independent

    Well the serial welfare posters on the Ticker are going to be quite upset with you Mr. Hoyer...

    September 15, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. gt

    i want your money,,, that should be the democrats , battle cry,,,,get a real job hoyer .. stop living off the tax payers hard earn dime...jerk,,,

    September 15, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. The incompetent Barrack Hussien Obama

    Well, let me educate you Mr. Hoyer.

    The weatlhy are the people who invest, spend $$$, etc.

    As long as they made their money legally, they should not be made scapegoats are made out to be evil people like OBOZO tries to do. They already pay unproportional tax rates, so quit trying to "sack" them with your DEBT and SPENDING issues; otherwise, they will sit on their $$$$, which is exactly what I would do.

    It's already reverse discrimination: Taxing people at different rates based on income.

    September 15, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    How can you be so stupid to vote for the gop unless your rich

    September 15, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. george from alaska

    excluding any american...including those that make over $250K a year... from a blanket tax cut is an unacceptable redistribution of wealth, and it is certainly not in america's best interests. Anyone that thinks $250K a year makes one rich needs to graduate elementary school or get back on their meds.

    September 15, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Ben in Texas

    The Democratic leadership (?) continue to try their best to look like moderate Republicans, leaving their real constituency, the ones who elected them, shaking their heads.

    There are a million good reasons to kill the tax giveaway to the rich. Here are some:

    1. Bush got them passed.
    2. They have contributed greatly to our current deficits.
    3. It's morally wrong to give welfare to the rich.
    4. Letting them expire will turn around the rising deficits.
    5. 79% of the country is against continuing them.

    Still, the likes of Steny Hoyer make noises about considering extending these immoral tax cuts. Makes you wanna ring their necks.

    September 15, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  15. Snow

    What makes sense for the country is for obama and all the liberals leave DC never to return. If not, then November 2010 and 2012 the Tea Party will give you all a one way ticket home from DC. Change is coming and how sweet it is.

    September 15, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Don't worry, even if democrats threw up their hands and let republicans write the entire legislation, I'm sure the party of NO would find an excuse to vote against it anyway, then blame the democrats somehow.

    September 15, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. Ken, AZ

    For once I wish the Dems would stand on principle and do what's right and not cave to the Republicans. I am a life long Democrat and it's getting to the point that it doesn't much matter whether the Dems are in the majority or not; the republicans still seem to get what they want. Compromise is one thing, caving is another.

    September 15, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Fuggedaboutit! End the Bush tax cuts for top 2% and give the tax cuts to the middle class. They've had 10 years of these tax cuts for what? They haven't created jobs. They've shipped jobs overseas. If they want some certainty, they should be certain that their taxes are going up. What's 100k to millianaires and billionaires? They won't spend the money. Give the tax cuts to the middle class because we will go out and spend the money and get the economy moving.

    September 15, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  19. Peter E

    There really isn't any reason to give rich people more tax cuts. For the last three decades their tax cuts resulted in rich people getting richer without that richness translating into proportional increase in jobs. The rich people aren't using these tax cuts to create jobs. They have plenty of wealth that they just keep to themselves. So at the end of three decades what do we have to show for all this 'trickle down' economy? Trillions of dollars of national debt, rich people and corporations making billions of dollars of profit even during recessions, billions they are NOT using to create jobs here. Oh, and of course continued shipping of existing jobs overseas.
    And no, corporations are not struggling. They have plenty of money. They just don't want to create jobs. Giving them further tax cuts, more money will not translate into jobs either. They don't use the billions of profit they already have, why do you think billions more will be any different?

    September 15, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    "The President's position is the position that I think makes sense for working people, for our economy, and for long term concerns we have about the deficit."

    Lookie here, Stimpy... if you really had "long term concerns" about the deficit, please explain how you could back an $862 Billion stimulus that didn't stimulate... a $930 Billion Obamacare bill which, while touted as a net decrease in the deficit, has proven to be just the opposite?

    We're waiting, Stimpy...

    The only "long term concern" you have is the same one everyone in Washington has... and that's just how far down the road you can kick the can.

    September 15, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. pc

    for god's sakes dems...grow a backbone AND STAND UP FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT DESERVE THE TAX BREAK AND TAKE BACK FROM THE RICH THAT BUSH TOOK CARE OF FOR YEARS. IT IS NOW OUR TIME!! IF the dems cave on this to the republicans,i will wash my hands of the democratic party until everyone of the spinless that have not supported our president have been voted out of office!!!

    September 15, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  22. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    The upper 2% of income earners (those making over $250,000) in the United States account for 40% of all consumer spending. We are in a weakly growing economy at best and at worst we may have never recovered from the prior recession.

    Raising taxes on anyone right now is foolish. If Obama and the Democrats raise taxes now it will prolong the recovery process or maybe even push us back into a recession.

    If you think the electorate is mad now, just do something stupid like raising taxes. We will really see how mad voters can be in 2012 if we have to endure two more years of this lousy economy.

    September 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  23. diridi

    I was watching one idiot, Rep. Mathson, was coming out on tax issues...did this idiot know, about tax issues...??? All Democratic candidates need to stay together....Let me explain to this Utah, Rep. Matheson, the idiot, ones whom we provide tax break to the people who make more than 250k, they do not invest in America....Idiot...believe me...true..they go and invest in India on IT sector....watch out your mouth...stay together with Pres. Obama, this guy is very smart....I am today, glad, I voted for Obama...o.k...

    September 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |