December 1st, 2010
09:49 AM ET
3 years ago

Republicans say tax cuts must come first

(CNN) - Senate Republicans promised Wednesday to block legislative action on every issue being considered by the lame duck Congress until the dispute over extending the Bush-era tax cuts is resolved and an extension of current government funding is approved.


Filed under: Senate Republicans • Taxes
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  1. ThinkAgain

    Oh, really? I thought JOBS was what the American people want! And don't give us that old line of BS that "tax cuts for the wealthy create jobs."

    IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN WHERE THE HELL ARE ALL THE JOBS?!? The Bush tax cuts – that overwhelmingly favor the top 2% of wage earners – have been in place for 10 YEARS!

    And what have we seen in that time? Millions of American jobs shipped overseas.

    End the tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year. All they do with it is create jobs overseas.

    Extend the tax cuts to those making less than $250,000 a year. They'll spend it on goods and services, which will stimulate the US economy.

    December 1, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Of coarse the Republicans will be blocking all legislation until the issue of the Bush Tax Cuts is settled - to their handlers approval that is. We can't have the billionaires and trillionaires suffer in a state of perpetual anxiety now can we, GOPers? It is these individuals who run this country after all, and certainly THEIR wishes are paramount.

    December 1, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. LovesIrony

    Dems say tax cuts must come first...
    Senate Republicans promised Wednesday to block legislative action on every issue being considered by the lame duck Congress until the dispute over extending the Bush-era tax cuts is resolved.

    geeWIZ!
    You people are paid?
    My 6th grade newsletter was edited better.

    December 1, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Tom Torkelson

    I don't get the title when compared to the content. How are the dem's saying the tax cuts have to come first if it is the republicans who say they won't work on anything until we talk about tax cuts

    December 1, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Extend unemployment benefits then END TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH, even if you have to end them for the rest of us.
    The RICH DON'T NEED THE EXTRA MONEY and the Federal Government does, after allowing the rich to flim flam the country for decades.

    It is absolutely unreasonable to think that the wealthy need MORE WEALTH and then let them take more from the lower /middle classes in cuts to social support and continued job shipping overseas.

    December 1, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    ABSOLUTELY!! Stop wasting time on a bunch of left wing BS when the critical essentials haven't been addressed.

    The DemocRATS have shown themselves to be complete INCOMPETENTS when it comes to running this country. No budget, no spending authorizations to keep the government running (yet their porkulus bill was an emergency!), no tax code decision ( even though they've knwon for YEARS this was expiring).

    In 2012 these incompetent leftists will be thrown out in droves.

    December 1, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. steven

    seems lik3e the same old stuff ...republicnas want to hold up governing in order that they get their way regardless of what their constituents want ...but then what can you expect when they are millionaires and do not want to break their tax rice bowl

    December 1, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Four and The Door

    The Republicans are well aware of what sent so many of them to Washington. Fix the economy.

    When it comes to fixing the economy the Democrats seem to have the attention span of a gnat.

    December 1, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Time to play hardball.

    December 1, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Chihuahuan Desert

    Good move. All the political weakness by not getting something done has further hampered our economic recovery. In the end it is going to be most harmful to the lower and middle class. Democrats let poolitics get in the way and did not have the strength to get it completed but then they did not do a budget last year either so it should be no surprise.

    December 1, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  11. rs

    If Republicans wish to continue being the obstructionists when there are many more important issues to be dealt with, then I'd say let the Bush "temporary" tax cuts expire. At most they only meant a couple of hundred dollars to most of us, and I think if we're honest about reducing the debt and deficit we can live without them.

    December 1, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. Bill

    So do the Reps.... the disagreement is on whom to include in the tax cuts .... CNN .... AGENDA much here?????

    December 1, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Dr Matrix

    Now they have a little authority and it is still NO to everything except taking care of the upper 2% and mega-corporations. You and me get it shoved up our butts. I want all nuclear testing to be done in DC while Congess is in session and they are all there and I include Dems in that too. Career politicians have created this.

    December 1, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Tamsen Danby

    As the deficit continues to rise and the middle class is murdered by right wing class warfare. Hope all of you who decided to stay home the last election are proud of yourselves.

    December 1, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Two can play that game the senate will block everything until dadt is solved if I was Obama I would say screw you and veto everything

    December 1, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Jonathan

    More Republican fascists hostage taking of Ameican the people.

    December 1, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. JR

    Republicans, once again hood winked this country into believing they would restore sanity and stop the government spending spree. But once they get into office, the only thing they are looking to restore is their own power for their own selfish reasons.

    Republicans and Democrats alike have no plan whatsoever to do anything to move this country in the right direction at least not this Congress. They want to cut spending while at the same time allow for more tax breaks. Who's paying for those tax breaks? It seems as if members of Congress would prefer to give tax breaks (keep in mind, it still needs to be paid for somehow) to the wealthy while at the same time stiffing the unemployed.

    In these times we ALL must make sacrifices, all government employees including Congress/Senate should have their wages frozen and let the tax cuts expire. Yeah I said it, let the tax cuts expire. According to the retail sales all signs are pointing upward to a more robust recovery (it'll be a while before the recovery really take shape) so why not let us all help out.

    Our elected officials are not making the hard choices needed to move the country forward and until then, we're in no better shape than we were with the last administration.

    December 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  18. Thom

    I can't believe these people were voted back into office?

    December 1, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Randy, San Francisco

    Politics used to be the art of compromise. It has become the art of bullying to get your way.

    December 1, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Lolly

    START is a Demo wishlist? Unemployment is a Demo wishlist?
    Merry Xmas from the FASCISTS

    December 1, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |