Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'
December 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'

Washington (CNN) - House GOP Leader John Boehner ripped House Democrats for moving ahead with a vote Thursday just on extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, calling the move "chicken crap."

"I'm trying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this maneuver going on today as chicken crap, all right? But this is nonsense, all right?" Boehner told reporters Thursday.

Boehner argued that Democrats were ignoring the message from voters last month who shifted control of the House of Representatives to Republicans.

"The election was one month ago. There are 23 months from the next election and the political games have already started to try to set up the next election. We had an honest conversation at the White House about the challenges that we face to get out of here and to take care of what the American people expect of us and to roll this vote out today, it really is just, it's what you think I was going to say anyway," Boehner said.

The GOP Leader would not give any details on the negotiations between White House officials and Congressional leaders about how to deal with the Bush-era tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year, but maintained that Congress' main priority now should be on stopping any tax increases for any Americans.

When asked whether Republicans would support extending unemployment benefits as part of a compromise to extend all tax cuts for some period of time, Boehner simply answered, "we'll see."


Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • Tax deal • Taxes
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. Ben Ben

    If satan ran for office as a Democrat I would vote for him before I vote for any Republican.

    December 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. Iamsomebody

    Chase, Fidelity, Bank of American, Goldman Sachs, etc are all listed as small business. These are the business that the GOP insist will be hurt if the Bush tax cuts expired. Giving me a break. I say all small business who's top executives get millions dollar bonus don't quailify as SMALL BUSINESS.

    December 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. boocat

    Boehner ought to know...he and his Republican cronies spew the b.s. on a daily basis.

    December 2, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Nurse Lisa

    yes, how dare the senatorial (and American voters) majority ignore their threats to do nothing if they don't do what he wants!! The GOP is so full of BS this crap must have been easy to recognize.

    December 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. Rick

    "chicken crap" should be the name given to his skin tone

    December 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. betterdays

    When the people speak and elect Democrats, the Republicans are presented with two options: Do as the Democrats say, or obstruct. When the people speak and elect Republicans, the Republicans are presented with two options: Do as the Democrats say, or obstruct.

    This is getting awfully predictable.

    December 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  7. mike keith

    I'm looking forward to the next few years of listening to "old chicken crap" entertain us. The repub goon won't be able to keep his veneer from cracking so that we can see his true colors.

    December 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. keith

    Why do you folks hate the rich?
    You ever work for a poor man and get good wages and benefits?

    December 2, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. Guest

    I am neither Republican or Democrat, but I would like for someone to explain to me how someone who is getting taxed for their personal income (making 250K or more) would not be able to create jobs.

    For those of you who support it staying on for the wealthy, please explain to me what is the difference between 6 months ago and January in the context of creating jobs. Why didn't the tax breaks help them then and what makes you think it will help them going forward.

    December 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  10. Terry from W. Texas

    Let's just let the Bush tax cuts expire. Then, Democrats can submit a tax bill which gives tax breaks to the middle-class. We can call the bill the "Obama Tax Cut." Let Republicans filibuster until 2012 if they want to.

    December 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. ktwolf

    Way to stay classy, Mr. Boehner!

    The Democrats are merely trying to pass tax cuts that almost everyone supports. Come January, Republicans are free to try to push their agenda to give tax cuts to the wealthy.

    December 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. FatSean

    The Dems got a different message. The Moderate Dems were voted out, but the liberal Dems kept their seats 95% of the time.

    Stop being so disingenuous Boner...it's not like the American People wanted the GOP to control the Senate.

    December 2, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Between the Lines

    This is sad, I usually do not post on CNN because of their one sided reporting.but this is not about tax cuts for the rich or about being happy about getting the tax cuts for the middle class, this is about being fair. The Americans who went out and worked extemely hard whether it be in college or in a business and who have had the success of landing a good job and making 250,000 or more a year is their right, just as it is your right to make 50,000 a year. So if I am correct we are still in the land of the free who can pursue their dreams and prosper, without others who have less demanding that they pay more money because they have more of it. I feel a lot of this has to do with jealously, all Americans are equal so why should one American pay more money in taxes while other's get a break? It should be all or nothing. At this rate everyone will want to on welfare or in the middle class because it seems we are punishing those who really excel and have something to show for it. I believe you need to work for what you get and those who are not willing to work should get nothing. Otherwise you are just supporting a system that encourages people to do nothing and assume someone will take care of them instead of encouraging people to work hard and earn what they want.

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. URTurrible

    Chicken Crap? Way to stay classy Boehner......way to stay classy bro. ; )

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. InsiteFX

    Just like Boehner callin it Chicken Crap, but yet he is holding the American People hostage but using the unemployement benifits to get taxcuts for everyone. His day's as being the House Speaker are already numbered!

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. keith

    Dear Mr. Obstructionist, "Where are the jobs"? Can you spell O B A M A?

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  17. Indigo

    A good way to test the GOP's willingness to cooperate with the Democrats in a bipartisan manner is to scrap the tax cuts as they now exist and establish a less than $500,000 income benchmark for the cuts. I'm betting the GOP will not go for that either.

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. gary

    so Democrats, who do you think OWN the small businesses that create jobs in america? people who make less than 250,000 total.....if you think so, you're dumber than a box of rocks....tax breaks across the board work- socialism and handouts NEVER have....just look at Detroit and its surroundings.....pathetic!

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. EdR

    Pam

    Oh, Beener! You are so out of touch with mainstream America! We don't want the tax cuts extended for the rich! You don't seem to understand that simple concept!! (I suppose you do need to cowtow to your rich buddies who helped the GOP during this election)

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Its not that he doesn't understand... its just that he doesn't give a chicken crap about mainstream America. He cares about himself, his mega rich buddies/supporters and thats it.

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. HarryB

    The Orange Boner is puppet of the ruling class.

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Kara

    So the will of the majority of the american people is chicken crap? If the media allow this to pass they will lose credibility and suffer right alongside the republicans. the only journalist left that i have any respect for is Anderson Cooper. Where is the rest of the media? Still kissing the elephant's rear?

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Steve/NC

    Now, there's a real "statesman"!! Is this what we can look forward to during the next two years ? I can already sense a case of buyers remorse by the people who voted this crowd into the majority.

    December 2, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. AngieS

    This man needs to watch his mouth – both literally and figuratively! If he honestly thinks that the middle class in this country is going to stand for round two of Ronnie Ray-gun's failed policy of trickle-down-economics he's got another think coming. And he should conduct himself with a little more decorum. This is not WWF Raw...this is the hallowed ground of our nation's pride and joy: the seat of democracy. The world is watching the rethuglicans and the image that they are portraying of the United States of America is less than flattering!

    December 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Bill

    Nothing ever changes in DC. Keep gulping down that Kool-Aid everyone and let political ideology ruin this country.

    December 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. Chris~Albany, NY

    Honestly, I'd rather my taxes go up then let the Republicans get their way and give tax breaks to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and a bevy of others making a billion-gazillion dollars a year. What a joke Boener is!

    December 2, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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