September 16th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
4 years ago

Boehner wants up or down vote on tax cuts

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10:30 a.m. – A week after roiling many of his fellow Republicans by suggesting he could vote to extend just middle class tax cuts, House Republican Leader John Boehner is urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold an "up or down vote" on extending all 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 in a prepared opening statement.

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


Filed under: Hill Hallways • issues • John Boehner
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. ronalde

    if mr. boehner could show one job that bush's tax cut created maybe some one would believe him ,the rich got richer,which i don't mind,but the goverment shouldn't be helping them.my so called tax cut was so small i had to add a dollar to get a happy meal at macdonalds.

    September 16, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  2. D.

    Boehner is out of the tanning bed and off the golf course. He appears ready to lead America until The Young Guns remove him IF he goes into the position.

    September 16, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Augsbee

    Whoever wants the Bush Tax Cuts to be eliminated say so, step up to the plate, take the responsibility for it whether it turns out to be good or bad and stop playing this game that's keeping us small business owners hanging!!!!!!! If you don't want it then say so!!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Raise taxes even more on corporations that ship our jobs overseas. Those were good jobs that helped to stimulate the country. TAX THE PEOPLE THAT SELL OUR JOBS TO FOREIGNERS.

    September 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Sametestsameresults

    Of course Boehner wants an up or down vote so the cut taxes and raise the national debt party of republicans can give hand outs to the rich.

    September 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. John in WV

    If tax increases are job killers, then tax breaks should be job creators. Yet, after 10 years of tax breaks, we have record unemployment and the worst economy in 80 years. The American people that can't figure this one out deserve another Great Depression.

    September 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. MR AMERICA

    Why do republicans call the wealthy tax bracket the "job creators" when in fact that is not the case? Trickle down sounds good on paper and in a stump speech, but Reagan and both Bushes tried it...epic fail.

    September 16, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  8. TM

    Boehner has no business complaining about holding "up or down votes" as a member of the party responsible for the most Senate filibusters IN HISTORY. Boehner's party has stopped more legislation on NOTHING more than blind partisanship. If "up or down votes" are what American really deserves, then Boehner should put in a call to his fellow Republicans on the other side of the Capitol building and tell them to GROW UP.

    September 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. MR AMERICA

    Why does the GOP lie and include small businesses in this issue?

    Obama is not poised to raise their taxes.

    And for the over 250k bracket...they are not the "job creators" the GOP claims. They are the "campaign fund fuel for the GOP" as history has shown us.

    Trickle down doesn't trickle down. Ask Reagan.

    September 16, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    What does he think he is already speaker of the house. Lets hope they guy up above sees fit to not let him get there.

    September 16, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. Deb (NY)

    What a sad joke this man is and God help us if he becomes Speaker of the House.

    September 16, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  12. The Dude

    What a typical raging Republican hypocrite. How many "up or down votes" have the Republicans blocked with filibusters since Obama took office? I'm sure we've all lost count at this point.

    September 16, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. katiec

    How can anyone put any substance in what Boehner says? We all realized when he said he would support tax cuts if only for middle class was a ploy, which is a constant in the republicans political games.
    This man who has voted against everything to try and undo the crisies his party created, belongs to a party that has sacrificed the American people with their obstruction, fight against improvements, advancements in our economy, ALL for the sake of trying to regain power and win this next election at any cost, a man who apologized to BP for our country daring to hold them responsible, a man and a party that has thrown the Ameican people under the bus with their undying support and love for Wall St, the rich, a political party that has thrown integrity, honor to the wind. lost all sight of what they were elected to do and have become a disgrace to our political party, our country and us.
    America, we cannot allow a political party with such irresponsible, self serving, dishonorable goals become leaders.

    September 16, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Christine O'Donnell has spoken out on behalf of the average person in her state who has been burdened by excessive tax"

    Tax rates are the lowest they have been in half a century and the vast majority of Americans saw a decrease in their taxes last year.

    Those are FACTS. You may now return to your regularly scheduled fantasy.

    September 16, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. barry

    Seems fair. The American people will decide in a few days who they see as right and who they see as wrong. If Obama, Pelosi, and Reid really believe Americans think it's a good idea to raise taxes bring it to up or down vote and show where they stand. I think the Democrats already know they haven't represented the will of the people and they are out in Nov.

    September 16, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. ConstitutionalPatriot

    They waste so much time on nonsense resolutions and finding ways to screw us. The least the speaker can do is allow a vote. What harm is in that other than to show the democrats true colors?

    September 16, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. robertJ

    Well so what? Was there and up / down vote to give the rich tax breaks? was there an up / down vote to impoverish the most people since 1994? (which seems vaguely to be about the same time the republicans and gingerich spouted off about a so called "contract with America" which was the begetting of the mess we are in now! so why should we listen to this republican moron now?

    September 16, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Peter E

    The idea that somehow it's taxes that kill jobs holds about as much water as claiming that there is a decline in the number of rich people in this country. Rich people have plenty of money and continue to get richer. They just choose not to use that money for creating jobs. Throwing more moneyat them isn't going create more jobs either. Don't believe me? Check economic data on the unemployment rate for the last three decades. It went through quite a few waves. Now check the data for tax rates: almost unchanged. No correlation. Now check the data for the wealth of rich people. It continued to climb throughout all this time. Once again, no correlation with employment. Taxes aren't killing jobs. No actual data supports that they do.

    September 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  19. Ancient Texan

    IT's doubtful Pelosi will hold an up or down vote on each of the tax extensions. That would be the right thing to do. But no extension of the tax breaks for those making $250,000 or more; no recovery! Those are the small businesses and the ones that hire the unemployed, when they are not threatened by taxes increases, healthcare costs and fines, and over regulation.

    September 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  20. gg

    Boehner is a pathetic and corrupt reactionary whose failed policies are unacceptable to the American people.

    September 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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