September 16th, 2010
10:41 AM ET
8 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.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Haren

    Let us see in real perspective the slogan attached to democrats that they are party of TAX AND SPEND.
    in fact it is budget neutral, because you have money by taxing and spending it.
    Now look at republicans BORROW AND SPEND.
    that is the real problem you don't have money but you borrow and than you spend it.
    This is the direct result we see it In all republican presidency (voodoo economics) when our budget deficit went up.
    Reagan 189%, Bush senior 55%, GW Bush 89%
    democrats carter 42% Clinton 36%

    September 16, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Kenneth Close

    I believe that is what I said yesterday: No Democrat wants to be on record as voting no against the extension:Checkmate.

    September 16, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. GI Joe

    If those cuts for the wealthy creates jobs, where the Hello are they?

    September 16, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    I like John Boehner's approach. Speaker Pelosi has been trying to avoid making a politically difficult decision, putting this off until after the elections. That is serving only the politicians and not the good of the country.

    I hope Speaker Pelosi for once can decide to think about the good of the country and creating jobs instead of her own political issues. I expect she will be consistent and decide to delay, thinking more about the concerns of the Democratic Party than the needs of the American people.

    September 16, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. GI Joe

    Oh yeah, they're in India, China, other places where slave wages put more money in the wealthy pockets.

    September 16, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |

    What most americans want is for the rich to pay their fair share of taxes. It is clear to me that most of the problems in our country stem from the fact that the rich keep getting richer and the rest of us are left to struggle.

    September 16, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Democracy NOT = free market capitalism

    Wasn't it Warren Buffet who said that something is wrong when he pays less taxes than the president making $250,000......
    Since the wealthy and corporations get so many tax credits and seem so adept at hiding dollars in Switzerland and around th world, lets just go a flat 20%........
    a flat tax would help reduce the number of people pushing paper around

    September 16, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Vic of New York

    Think "BLUE" America. Any Democrat who votes for more deficit spending to make the RICH, RICHER will have a target painted on their backs. Tell your Congressman – his political life depends on standing with the Left!!!

    September 16, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Haren

    Most of the congressman are millionaire and shameless.
    I am sure they will vote to extending tax cut for them selves and increased budget deficit.
    Voters if you are so much concern for budget deficit than defeat all that congressman who voted to extend this tax cut.

    September 16, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Daniel Schlafer

    Minority Leader Boehner had a different position last Sunday . On that day he talked about his " only option " ? It appears that he wakes up everyday to decide how negative he can be to the federal branch and how much he can tweak anything he might publically say ? After that I am certain he is more worried about his golf tee time than how much ordinary americans are suffering from his liberal , pro-Bush votes to increase the natioanl debt .

    September 16, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  11. Sniffit

    Too bad. What Orangina is going to get is an up or down vote on Obama's plan and, of course, he and his fellow political wh-res will continue their head bob knob slob job of the rich and corporate America by voting no...all so they can pretend it's the Dems' faults that ALL the Bush tax cuts go bye-bye and the middle class gets hit with a tax increase. You know, despite their expiration being part of how the GOP WROTE AND ENACTED IT.

    Go ahead and google the charts and figures that show just how imbalanced the Bush tax cuts were...just how much the extremely wealthy got a tax break FUNDED BY THE MIDDLE CLASS and how much it depleted the federal government's revenue and ability to run itself without incurring debt. Don't just believe what you're told by corporatist tarts like Orangina. Bush and the GOP bent the middle class over a chair and called in The Gimp in 2001 and now they seek to angle themselves to blame the Dems for the outfall.

    September 16, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    What I wish someone had the guts to ask John Boehner is this: why does he have such disregard for average Americans. Is it because they can't fund his golf outings, bar hopping, and lying campaigns?

    September 16, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Debbie from Arizona

    Who are these representatives and senators working for? From everything I've read lately and according to different polls that have been taken, the majority of Americans are for extending the tax cuts to the middle class and stopping them for the most wealthy among us. These folks are suppose to be representing the voters who elected them, not only the ones who donated the most to their campaigns. I am so tired of the corporations owning our government.

    September 16, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. kelly

    Ok , Pelosi the ball is in your court . Give us the vote,or are we just astro turf as you suggested. May be you don't want the vote . Could this have been just a political ploy before the election by this president.He hasn't proposed a bill that shows how it's paid for since it's estimated to cost over 2 trillion over the next 10 years. What's that about fiscal responsibility?

    September 16, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Snow

    Way to go Congressman Boehner. Make the demorats vote on something of importance just before the elections. They were for obama care,cap and tax, supporting illegal immigration etc, now let's see them vote for tax increases on job creators just before the election.

    September 16, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The Republicans fight hard for the rich 2% and turn their nose up at the 97% who aren't rich. It would be smart for the 97% not to vote Republican, but then again they know we're not smart.

    September 16, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    He isn't in control.......the dictators are.

    September 16, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. William Jefferson

    I'm sure he does. But since he is the minority leader he doesn't get to say. And why would the very savvy and intelligent Speaker Pelosi listen to a lazy oompa loompa?

    September 16, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. Danny Cali

    Just vote "NO" to Boehner extend to Bush tax cuts for wealthiest American please and Yes to Democratic and President Obama for middle class.

    That's why Boehner no future for Americans and United States let dump this guy.

    September 16, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA


    Democrats, you better NOT vote to extend tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. Extend them for the middle class and the middle class only!


    September 16, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Sniffit

    Note: The majority of Americans want the Bush tax cuts to expire for those making more than $250K and not for those making less than that.

    Where's the conservative outrage about Orangina and the GOP not listening to the American people? Hmmmm?

    I'll tell you where: carefully hidden behind their hypercritical "say anything" rationalization strategery and flagrantly nihilist disregard for the integrity inherent in remaining consistent in one's arguments and positions. The ONLY thing they care about is gaining back power and attempting to destrooy Obama and the Dems...nothing else...not you, not your family, not your home, not your children, not this nation, not our founding principles and certainly not the well-being and survival of the federal government or the Constitution that created it and binds us together as a society.

    September 16, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    More and more people, including many democrats realise that extending all the Bush Tax Cuts is the only way to help the economy and lower unemployment.

    The Obama ploys is like taking a gulp of Whiskey. It may help in the short run but wears off quickly.

    September 16, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. bill

    boehner wants up or down vote.well lets get it on.the people dont agree with boehner so lets do it. VOTE TO LET BUSHES CUTS FOR WEALTHY ONE PERCENT EXPIRE.

    September 16, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. WIL in the VA.

    Talk about a flip flop first your willing to talk or compromise now it's everything or nothing. My way or the high way once again the dems. are allowing the republicans to lead the issue the republicans set this up to expire after ten years saying that everthing would be fine once again they LIED.Things got worst they took a surplus and made it the largest deficit in the history. Dems. have the threat of just letting the tax cuts to expire on Dec.31 and everyones taxes go up and the blame squarely rest on the republicans. Dems. need to get a spine and stop trying to compromise with these folks..............................

    September 16, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  25. Hangar 13

    Let's do a fun exercise. Read 20 of these posts at random, and count how many of them condemn or ridicule Mr. Boehner because of the color of his skin. Then jog your memory and see if you can recall which group of Americans is always calling everyone else bigots.

    September 16, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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