September 16th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
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Boehner pushes extension of all Bush tax cuts

House Minority Leader John Boehner pushed Thursday for an extension of all of the Bush tax cuts.
House Minority Leader John Boehner pushed Thursday for an extension of all of the Bush tax cuts.

Washington (CNN) – A week after roiling many of his fellow Republicans by suggesting he could vote to extend just middle class tax cuts, House Minority Leader John Boehner is urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold an "up or down vote" on extending all of the Bush era tax cuts - including those for the wealthiest Americans.

"On the issue of job-killing tax hikes the American people are not going to accept anything less than the vote they deserve," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday.

"Anything less than that is unacceptable," he said.

Democratic leaders - including President Barack Obama - want to allow the expiration of the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year. They argue, among other things, that the roughly $700 billion price tag of extending the cuts would be fiscally irresponsible.

Republicans contend that a tax hike on any segment of the population would damage prospects for a more robust economic recovery. They also have asserted that a tax hike on those making over $250,000 would hurt small businesses.

Boehner found himself on the defensive with many rank-and-file Republicans after stating Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that he would vote for legislation extending only the tax cuts for those making under $250,000 if no alternatives were available. Since then, he has repeatedly stressed his intention to push for a full extension for at least two years.

Democratic leaders, however, have also run into problems with their rank-and-file members. Thirty-one House Democrats, most of whom face tough re-election bids this fall, have signed a letter to Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer urging them to extend expiring tax breaks for all income levels, including the wealthy.

With the midterm elections now less than two months away, top Democrats have not yet decided whether they will schedule a vote on the legislation before voters go to the polls.

The letter - written by Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah, Rep. Melissa Bean of Illinois, Rep. Glenn Nye of Virginia and Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan - echoes many of the GOP arguments. It states that after listening to economists, small businesses and families over recent weeks, they are concerned that "raising any taxes right now could negatively impact economic growth."

"We believe in times of economic recovery it makes good sense to maintain things as they are in the short term, to provide families and businesses the certainty required to plan and make sound budget decisions. Providing this certainty will give small businesses, the backbone of our economic recovery, confidence and stability," the lawmakers wrote.

Hoyer said earlier this week that he would consider alternative proposals, but stressed he strongly favors allowing the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire.

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report


Filed under: issues • John Boehner • Taxes
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Boehner, your stupidity is anacceptable

    September 16, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Crazy Harry

    What a doofus this orange fellow continues to be. Pandering here, pandering there. He fits right in with the idiot base that is controlling the GOP.

    September 16, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Ben in Texas

    How do you like your "conservative" minority leader now? Welfare for the rich is his idea of conservatism. One of the major domestic policy mistakes Bush made, and Beeno wants to perpetuate it. This is the road to ever bigger deficits, and Orangeman is all for it.

    Looks like he owes his allegiance to the rich, not to the American people, the Constitution, honesty, morals, or principles.

    Fire this SOB.

    September 16, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. Carl

    Do you have 700 Billion? If so, go ahead and fund it!!!

    How about coming up with solutions to problems hmm? At least Obama has a reason for wanting to let this laps for the wealthy while you are only thinking about your own job and tax break...

    September 16, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Up yours Bonehead. We've tried the "trickle down" economic plan for 8 years and it FAILED! All of our manufacturing jobs are overseas. 1 million jobs were created under GWB. I can;t call a customer service line without an Indian I can barely understand answering the phone. Take your tax cuts for the top 2% and stick them where the sun don't shine.

    September 16, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. MAhole

    Mr. Bone-head the Orange man.......

    You obviously have NO PLAN to help create jobs, help the middle class, or improve the economy in general.

    Why shoud we listen to you???????????

    September 16, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. vic, Nashville TN

    Republicans time to think practically every one like the tax cut but wealthiest Americans they are not exporting Americans products they are exporting our jobs

    Before Rich create jobs now rich export jobs

    More people depend on food stamp and unemployment benefits. We have to balance our budget let Rich pay more tax

    September 16, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. the4jays

    Hey John, listen carefully, as a conservative voter, YOU ARE WRONG. Kill the tax breaks for the wealty.

    September 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    B.S. They've had those tax cuts close to a decade and WE LOST JOBS. HE LIES !!

    September 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Jill

    How quickly these Republican folks forget that even their hero, Pres. Reagan, raised taxes because it was NECESSARY. These people are truly myopic ideologues who have placed dogma and party above country and the people. And yet they show no shame. Pathetic.

    September 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Charlie

    We should all be treated equally regardless of income. Taxing people at a higher percentage is just un-American. Tax everyone at the same rate.

    September 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Americans support allowing the tax cuts to expire for those making $250K or more by an approximately 55% to 45% margin. Where is the teatarded conservative outrage at Orangina not listening to "we the people"?

    There are two very simple and obvious reasons the GOP support extending these tax cuts:

    1. The Bush/GOP tax cuts are the single biggest contributing factor to the nation's debt and deficit. Extending them for 2 years will allow them to continune to be the single biggest contributing factor to the nation's debt and deficit and, since the majority of Americans are glibly misinformed tapdancing morons, they will still blame Obama for those 2 years of increased national debt and deficit when the GOP yammers incessantly about it come 2012.

    2. The GOP has its face planted firmly in the laps of the rich and the giant corporations of America. I'm suprised Orangina was capable of squeeking out the above-quoted rhetoric with his mouth full. It's undeniable that the Bush/GOP tax cuts did not result in new jobs, did not prevent or delay the current economic crisis (and actually constitute a contributin cause), WERE FUNDED BY THE MIDDLE-CLASS and helped the already wealthy increase the wealth and power gap between socio-economic classes in this country. That anyone believes Orangina and his Teatard backup singers when they claim that a progressive tax system is "class warfare" is laughable considering that GOP economic and tax policies have facilitated and encouraged class warfare for decades...one that the middle-class has just about lost at this point.

    September 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. John

    It's hard for Boehner to take this hard line with any credibility, given what he said just this past Sunday on the same subject.

    September 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Show me what these people who earn over $250,000 do to create jobs. I am talking manufacturing jobs and not service jobs like waiters at country clubs. Where are these small businesses that have people earn millions of dollars? Show me what they do and how these unsatainable tax cuts will enable them to hire more workers and help the economy rebound.

    Frankly, I doubt that these people really do much to support jobs or charities. Where are the wealthy and their support of soup kitchens and other social welfare organizations? I think some of these rich people don't spend enough of their money where it will help the most people - in the social support charities.

    September 16, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. bobden

    Bone head's wealthy friends don't even need the tax cuts. Avooiding taxes is just a part of the game they play. They already have all the money they could ever need. It's just a game.

    And, they have NEVER made more jobs with the money they get to keep. That extra money just goes into their pockets.

    September 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  16. Brian

    Boehner knows who's pockets he has his hands in.

    September 16, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. MR AMERICA

    The rich are not "job creators." On paper perhaps, but history has shown Reagan, Bush, and Bush that "trickle down" doesn't trickle anywhere...but up.

    Unless "trickle down" means trickle into the GOP campaign funds.

    September 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. liberal elite = anyone with an education

    Extending the tax cuts is nothing more than election year theater. Let them all expire. Returning our tax rates to their previous levels is the ONLY real way to handle the deficit.
    The Republicans don't want to address the deficit because it allows them to keep pointing fingers. Plus they get to pander for votes by calling expiration a "tax hike".
    Wake up, America, it's all theater. It takes money to keep things runninng. You can't have a functioning Nation without taxes.

    September 16, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. ddt

    Republicans hate poor people, they are refusing to pay Black Farmers their claims that passed long ago they prefer to pay the rich no matter what? These black people were enslaved, denied every right to exist on their own, no bank loans granted for them, no education, and now this. Why can't republicans PAY blacks for the land that was taken from them? Republican not only hate black people they hate anyone who is poor. Think of the health care bill. they said it was a pay back for slavery. Can you imagine?

    September 16, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Papasan in AZ

    Continue Tax Breaks for the wealthiest Americans?
    The GOP is heartless scum!

    September 16, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. water bearer

    "On the issue of job-killing tax hikes "

    More lies from Boehner. Just what we've come to expect. The Bush-breaks-for-the-wealthy have been in place for at least 5 years now and let's see . . . .how many jobs for middle class Americans has it saved? Oh, that's right . . . NONE! When Bush left office we were LOSING 800,000 jobs per month! Thanks Bush . . . thanks.

    September 16, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. SayWhat

    Hey Mr. Boehner, talk about job killing, here are the results of today's Senate vote on creating jobs for small businesses. It is easy see that the GOP is doing the jobkilling by voitng nearly unanimoulsy aganist this bill. So which side of your mouth are talking out of now?

    Alphabetical by Senator Name:
    Akaka (D-HI), Yea
    Alexander (R-TN), Nay
    Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
    Baucus (D-MT), Yea
    Bayh (D-IN), Yea
    Begich (D-AK), Yea
    Bennet (D-CO), Yea
    Bennett (R-UT), Nay
    Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
    Bond (R-MO), Nay
    Boxer (D-CA), Yea
    Brown (D-OH), Yea
    Brown (R-MA), Nay
    Brownback (R-KS), Nay
    Bunning (R-KY), Nay
    Burr (R-NC), Nay
    Burris (D-IL), Yea
    Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
    Cardin (D-MD), Yea
    Carper (D-DE), Yea
    Casey (D-PA), Yea
    Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
    Coburn (R-OK), Nay
    Cochran (R-MS), Nay
    Collins (R-ME), Nay
    Conrad (D-ND), Yea
    Corker (R-TN), Nay
    Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
    Crapo (R-ID), Nay
    DeMint (R-SC), Nay
    Dodd (D-CT), Yea
    Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
    Durbin (D-IL), Yea
    Ensign (R-NV), Nay
    Enzi (R-WY), Nay
    Feingold (D-WI), Yea
    Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
    Franken (D-MN), Yea
    Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
    Goodwin (D-WV), Yea
    Graham (R-SC), Nay
    Grassley (R-IA), Nay
    Gregg (R-NH), Nay
    Hagan (D-NC), Yea
    Harkin (D-IA), Yea
    Hatch (R-UT), Nay
    Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
    Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
    Inouye (D-HI), Yea
    Isakson (R-GA), Nay
    Johanns (R-NE), Nay
    Johnson (D-SD), Yea
    Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
    Kerry (D-MA), Yea
    Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
    Kohl (D-WI), Yea
    Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
    Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
    Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
    Leahy (D-VT), Yea
    LeMieux (R-FL), Yea
    Levin (D-MI), Yea
    Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
    Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
    Lugar (R-IN), Nay
    McCain (R-AZ), Nay
    McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
    McConnell (R-KY), Nay
    Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
    Merkley (D-OR), Yea
    Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
    Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
    Murray (D-WA), Yea
    Nelson (D-FL), Yea
    Nelson (D-NE), Yea
    Pryor (D-AR), Yea
    Reed (D-RI), Yea
    Reid (D-NV), Yea
    Risch (R-ID), Nay
    Roberts (R-KS), Nay
    Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
    Sanders (I-VT), Yea
    Schumer (D-NY), Yea
    Sessions (R-AL), Nay
    Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
    Shelby (R-AL), Nay
    Snowe (R-ME), Nay
    Specter (D-PA), Yea
    Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
    Tester (D-MT), Yea
    Thune (R-SD), Nay
    Udall (D-CO), Yea
    Udall (D-NM), Yea
    Vitter (R-LA), Not Voting
    Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
    Warner (D-VA), Yea
    Webb (D-VA), Yea
    Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
    Wicker (R-MS), Nay
    Wyden (D-OR), Yea

    September 16, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. ART

    Sorry tan man but I don't mind paying my fair share of taxes. The wealthy got a break and now its time that they start paying their fair share.This is exactly one of the things that got us in trouble in the first place, everybody wants services with no cuts but no one wants to pay for them. You and the tea baggers can go to Russia for all I care

    September 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Pam

    Most Americans do not agree with you John.
    The 2 percent who make that much money do, but not the rest of us!

    If you make a quarter of a million dollars a year, you can afford to pay higher taxes.

    September 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  25. Ted

    Based on what evidence does Boner have that giving the rich tax cuts is going to produce jobs? Look at the record everyone. There are no jobs being made right now with the tax cuts in place. So putting the taxes back on are not going to kill jobs. Such baloney.

    September 16, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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