Boehner: Defiant on taxes
July 11th, 2011
01:51 PM ET
3 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.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Richard T.

    The GOP falls into line and votes as a block, per leadership directives, why not now? I am thinking it is still just a game to serve their billionaire masters.

    July 11, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. bellablue

    OK! OK! Mr. Boehner!! Hope you and the Republicans (including the Tea Partiers) will be able to justify the long-term damage America will be faced with if the Debt Ceiling isn't raised!! I'll be sending you and every last Republican in Congress and the House an e-mail when we tank into another recession!! And I'm very sure I'm not the only one that will greet you each day with I TOLD YOU SO!! THANKS FOR THE TANK JOB!!!

    July 11, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. Chipster

    If Boehner is so dead set against taxes, why is he suggesting taxing Senior Citizens! A cut in Social Security and Medicare amounts to a tax, even more so than allowing temporary taxes for the wealthy to expire as they were intended to do! NO TAX ON SOCIAL SECURITY! Seniors have not had an increase in the cost of living in at least 2 years. Bush's unfunded mandates to the states have been pushed the states and states have pushed them to local government. Who is hit the hardest? SENIOR CITIZENS! I simply cannot believe people don't recognized that Republicans want to tax seniors to benefit the wealthiest Americans.

    July 11, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. seebofubar

    Thank God Boehner has the testicular fortitude to stand up to Obama ant the Democrats. Obama's policies have weakened this country and our economic wellbeing almost to the point of no return.

    July 11, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. ConservaFASCISTS

    You're a COWARD Bonehead!!! The President offered up 4 trillion in cuts and now all of a sudden you want to go back to the Biden negotiations. Kick rocks! You are a sorry example of a Speaker. Nancy Pelosi puts you to shame so badly. The difference between you and her is that she actually got things done! No one is talking abut raising taxes. We just want the loopholes closed imbicil. You are a true FASCISTS!

    July 11, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Greg Smith

    Mr. Boehner, I have a problem with the proliferation of tax breaks and loopholes for the wealthy and corporations. You need to put those on the table. Don't ask the middle and lower classes to take the hit of deficit reduction. Part of the reason for the deficit in the first place is the lack of corporate tax revenue and the loopholes that the wealthy use to shelter income and avoid paying taxes on income. Investment income also needs to be taxed at the same rates as those who put in an honest days labor to make their money. Now get to work and solve the problem and stop stonewalling for political purposes.

    July 11, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. kyle

    Got to protect my rich friends, where are the jobs those tax breaks created?

    July 11, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. AEK

    What he REALLY means is that he's against any tax hikes for the rich folks. For all the working folks, anything goes.

    July 11, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Billy

    GOP: The party of no compromise.

    July 11, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. lou

    scum of the earth republicans

    July 11, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Dish

    One only needs to see the film INSIDE JOB to know why we need new taxes, especially on the rich. Ironically, many of them will agree, so they're not ALL EVIL. But sadly, many of them are. In no other country does 1% of the population control THE WORLD! See the film.

    July 11, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. sonny chapman

    Can't The House pass an increase in the Debt Limit w/OUT any cuts or increases in Revenue ? Then why in the hell won't they? Oh, THEIR principals. The rest of the country can be hurt but we all must pay homage to Grover Norquist. He's not MY God.

    July 11, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. SecedingfromTexas

    QUESTIOIN; Why were the Republicans/Tea Party demanding $4T or more cuts in spending and now that President Obama
    has agreed, they no longer want it?
    Exactly what "political sacrifice" are the Republicans willing to take? and,
    Why should all the sacrifce be on the backs of the working people, children, and seniors?
    In the words of David Brookes, some of these Republicans groups "have no sense of moral decency".

    July 11, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Patti

    "taxs"? Editors?

    July 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Dish

    PS Boehner is the mouthpiece of the megarich.

    July 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  16. Doug in NYC

    Seems like the republicants said "Come big or go home" to the President, the President came big and the Republicants went home! Typical! The only pledge that matters, and it isn't a pledge at all, is the oath you took when you were sworn into office! Those silly pledges you signed DON'T MEAN A THING! In fact if you sign one, it means you lost my vote!

    July 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  17. Ken Birmingham Alabama

    As Gomer Pyle used to say Surprise Surprise Surprise. At this point let there be no deal..lets file bankruptcy..besides when the dollar is worth nothing the Rich will face the same fate as us middle class. In fact it might wake their greedy butts up to the reality most of us face. Sometimes you need a dose of reality to appreciate the difficulties most of us face. Time for a reset!

    July 11, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  18. Dish

    PPS I'm probably going to pay for this.

    July 11, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. carl

    following the discussion on debt ceiling and spending cuts the behavier of Republicans is shocking – under their president and their policy the financial situation was created, unemployment soared, banks and big companies went bancrupt. Under their president and Mr. Paulsen billions where distributed without control – they still insist to return to the failed policy to give everthing to the rich and resist tax-increase – unbelievable – how can Americans vote for them ?????

    July 11, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. Katlyn

    I welcome this news! There is no excuse to raise taxes. The increase in spending needs to be cut. This administration must learn to live within the means of the country, not continually ask for more. I will not be amenable to going to work in order to support an ever increasing government. When government grows, asking for more of our hard earned money, more people will reduce earning so as not to pay taxes. Then government must exist on less revenue from fewer people while trying to support more promises. That sense of entitement goes two ways!

    The House has it 100% correct.

    July 11, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  21. S. In California - Obama 2012

    That's right Boehner. Go ahead and shut down the government, cause me to lose my 401(k) savings and make our creditors label us as "welchers" – and see how many votes you get in 2012. It may be 20 years before this country ever elects another republican president and when they do – you will be long gone from this planet or too senile to even realize an election is going on. These people will stop and NOTHING to make President Obama a one term president even if it cost us our reputation and savings. Disgusting to say in the least.

    July 11, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. Braden

    "Boehner acknowledged the need for political sacrifice on both sides of the aisle". What are the repubs doing to compromise. They refuse to sign bill wth any tax hikes, refuse to sign bill that doesnt have extreme cuts. It seems to me like they want everything done their way

    July 11, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. raja

    You r looser. You never can convince any body regarding the tax hike. You afraid of your fringe party. You don't care country even if it goes into trash. You just care RICH RICH and only RICH.

    July 11, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  24. Ancient Texan

    The voters were very clear in Nov. 2010, No tax increase and cut spending! If Boehner weakens and allows a tax increase, he'll lose his job as speaker and the 9.2% unemployment we have now will be the low water mark for the year. Unemployment will take a huge jump.

    July 11, 2011 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  25. diridi

    what an idiot!!!! Listen, without Tax cuts on Rich...how would this idiot generate income and how would he fill deficit???? Nasty corporate thugs...in 2012, drive these GOP animals out of offices....Obama2012!!!!

    July 11, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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