Boehner: Defiant on taxes
July 11th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
7 years ago

Boehner: Defiant on taxes

(CNN) - Speaker John Boehner insisted Monday that the House will not pass any debt ceiling deal that includes tax hikes. He also said the House won't pass a deal that fails to include spending cuts larger than any debt ceiling increase while also constraining future spending.

The speaker said he still has a disagreement with the White House on taxes and the "extent of the entitlement problem, and what is necessary to solve it."

Boehner acknowledged the need for political sacrifice on both sides of the aisle. But he insisted that a potential increase in tax rates was "never on the table" in negotiations.

"It takes two to tango, and they're not there yet," Boehner said in reference to the White House.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Yes Boner. Let's not raise taxes on the wealthy. Otherwise they'll lay paople off to maintain their massive profits.

    July 11, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Martha in CF

    I think the American people should make Boehner a one term Speaker of the House.......................

    July 11, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. donna

    This man"Boehner and Cantor,McConnel, have not done a thing for this country yet? They promised Jobs,but have done nothing to better our country! The "worst Speaker in U.S. history! His Corporate Robbers,wallstreet,oil companies,insurance Tyrannts are trying to Control our freedoms as a Nation!! I am Ashamed of the Gop and all their voters! The World is "Laughing at them" What a "Total Embarrasment to America" How can they sleep at night,Knowingly depriving our children the right to be "Healthy and Educated,and letting our poor and elderly,Die in the streets! Wow?

    July 11, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. Howard

    Obama only knows how to irresponsibly SPEND other people's money. Obama is destroying America. Save America ... impeach Obama !!!

    July 11, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Michael

    Why is the news media so forgetful about the fact that there is a Social Security trust fund that should not have been pilfered over the years to pay for various programs (defense, wars, pork?) and now has IOU's that can't be repaid? Where is Congress' thinking to cut Social Security, after they have created the problem we are in. Let us not forget the history that got us here and point out that revenues would have been there for the benefit of future retirees. It is time to retrieve some of those revenues and payback the IOUs.

    July 11, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |

    I hope this e-mail gets to John Boehner!!! Please listen to the people!! Poor or Wealthy!! The weathty, some of them, have
    said to increase their taxes and also some BIG Businesses!! Why can't you see that this will help!!! I know Medicare and
    SS need to be fixed; but people, like me and others, need this help. When you have everything going up on everyday
    expenses and no more coming in, it hurts. Why not let the Congress pay for all their Ins. and not have so many perks?
    We, the people, have had enough and when we can't live with what we are up against, it looks like you all should pick up
    the tab and try to help the low middle class and the poor!!! We are ALL having to pay, but why not start at the TOP first?
    You always, the Congree, seem to start at the bottom where you least need to do anything!!! Thank you and I'm hoping
    and PRAYING you willl see the light. SL

    July 11, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. sue

    This is what will finish off the GOP as we know it....... if they don't give into getting rid of the tax loopholes and taxes on the wealthy along with the spending cuts they want.....I'm all for cutting the spending but Republicans are going to show that they can give as well as take or they are DONE.......

    July 11, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. ted

    Yeah Boner. I have a big problem with the GOP and its continuing pandering and sucking up to the whiny milllionaires, special interests, corporations, big oil and big agribusiness with tax cut after tax tcut and subsidies and special favors WHILE AT THE SAME TIME YOU ARE SCREWING THE LITTLE GUY by demanding cuts in entitlements such as social security and medicare and medicaid. YOU are the one that said that if the Bush tax cuts are not extended, then there woudl be no jobs created. Wel l you got your way and how many jobs have been created by that bunch of hooey? I bet only jobs for lobbyists and other special interests. This whole thing is going blow back on you and CANTor and McClownell because you have signed some stupid document saying you support no new taxes. How do you really think we are going to get out of this mess without tax increases? We can't. You and the rest of the delusional lunatics at the GOP are insane and should be relieved of your position as you are out of touch with reality. Get back tothe table with Obama and agree to tax increases against everyone and all. Get some testicular fortitude Boner.

    July 11, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Phil in KC

    That's right – sink our economy over your ideology. I guess it's OK to screw over the country as long as you are playing to your base.

    July 11, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. rs

    Perhaps Boehner and McConnell would negotiate in better faith from someplace like, say, Gitmo. They are economic terrorists now anyway.

    July 11, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. Really???

    I'm surprised he's not crying. I think it would be interesting if CNN showed how many times the debt ceiling was raised in the last 10 years, by how much, and how those in Congress now voted on each of those if they were present. Then every American could evaluate how much their elected official is working for them as opposed to just playing politics.

    July 11, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Carol

    Let the US default and the Republicans will be at fault. They prove once again as McConnell stated, "our first goal is to make Obama a one term President". Goal number one, at the cost of our nation. What a sorry lot, they should all be recalled.

    July 11, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    @ terry, Va who previously stated – "...If you don't pay taxes, you shouldn't have a say in raising anyone elses. So shut up welfare people or pay up !!!!"

    It takes a "welfare person" to know one. Furthermore, if a welfare person is home and can acutally afford a computer with internet services I guarantee you they are NOT sitting around blogging on a political ticker.................PERIOD!!!

    You need to grow up and explain why you're here every day blogging HATE during business hours (I'm off now)...Jeez!!!

    July 11, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. taxexempt

    Boehner is not defant, he is only repeating what the Pres and Congressional Dems have known all along. The Republicans were put in control of the House by voters saying Washington soending is out of control and we don't want our taxes increased for more of the same. Is the Pres and Congessional Dems that far out of touch with the mainstream or are they listening to their own rhetoric so much that they can't decifer truth from fiction or was the election last year just so far back they can't remember the message? Whichever it is, their constant crying that the sky is falling due to the GOP boogeyman is nausiating. I can't wait for the next election so they can get their reminded if what they didn't listen to from the last one.

    July 11, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Candy Taylor

    Where are the freak'n jobs these tax cuts create?????

    July 11, 2011 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. MICK

    John Boehner is showing some leadership. Good for him.

    The last thing this country needs is a tax increase. Hell people businesses are have a hard time in this country.
    If you want to have more jobs you MUST stop taxing businesses into bankruptcy.

    July 11, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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