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.

Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. Ken, AZ

    "It takes two to tango, and they're not there yet,". Well, what have the Republicans been prepared to sacrifice besides Medicare,Medicaid, Social Security, and all the other programs that benefit the middle class and poor?

    July 11, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    He acknowledges that both sides have to compromise, but when it actually comes to doing something taxes are off the table. Nice double-speak Weepy man.

    July 11, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Dish

    PPPPS Barrack has probably "caved" too. Now I'm in REAL TROUBLE. Help!

    July 11, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Tom Legare

    Why doesn't this IDIOT just shut-up!!

    July 11, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Russ

    His comments remind me of a song.....Impossible Dream. Bush tax cuts including the extension by Obama have not produced many jobs in this country in 10 years. Why will they work now? The answer is simple they don't and won't especially when you keep taking money from the middle and poorer classes in this country. We are the ones that make the rich, rich by buying thier products and services. So raise taxes or not, if we don't have money to spend Boner, your rich buddies will not be so rich any more.

    July 11, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Tom Legare

    Boner is probably the most irresponsible politician in American history!

    July 11, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    I do not care now what you Pre-k GOPs do now, I am out of the market now!

    Funny how under the shrub the debt ceiling was raised 7 times without a whimper from the GOP, but let a black President propose it and Boehner and the GOP tea baggers are willing to bring down the entire country!


    July 11, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. CaliforniaBC

    Well Boehner, I guess you're gonna have to brace the House GOP and your party members for a TON of blame that'll rain down on them if the US defaults.
    The GOP will be seen as the party that would NOT negotiate for the good of the country. So much for that independent vote.

    July 11, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Allen Hussein

    Mr Speaker, why do you and the Republican Party give more weiight to your pledge to Grover Norquist, a man with shady connections to Islamic radicals, than you do to your oath to "protect and defend the Consititution of the United States of America?" Are you a willing accomplice or an unwitted dupe in helping Al Queda carry out its primary goal, the financial collase of the United States? Why don't you put America first for once instead of Grover Norquist?

    July 11, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    terry, va wrote:
    Let me remind all you pea brain dumbocraps that Bush reduced taxes on ALL TAX PAYERS.
    That is not accurate. Bush had two rounds of cuts. He first instituted a tax cut for the wealthy. When it came time to for re-election 2003, he had a larger second round for the wealthy and a small one for the middle class. He also had a "one time" tax refund for everyone where he gave the wealthy 8% off of their gross and 0.1% for the lowest wage earners. Did you forget about that one? Democrats haven't.

    Most middle class wage earners got nothing from the "one time" refund and saw a reduction of 50 bucks on average on the federal taxes.

    July 11, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Bart

    The tax spending (or Bush tax cuts) is part of the entitlement problem in our country. No, the tax spending did not create jobs and they will not. Republicans want to cut assistance to malnourished children, but raising the taxes on corporate jets is off the table?

    July 11, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. mary

    The republicans control one branch of government that means they must work with democtrats for the good of the country. Republican children you can't get everything you want and the democtrats get nothing in the deal!!! I think its common sense if you make deep cuts in spending you still need to raise revenues!! Why can't companies and the rich pay their fair share? Close the damned loopholes!!!

    July 11, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Roscoe

    Well, Little John, you're looking into a deep, deep hole and you're thinking of jumping in and pulling the whole country with you. If the tea baggers have convinced you to take the country down, go ahead. We'll see how that works out for you and the rest of the republicans in the next elections. There will be no one to blame but you. I think the proposals made by Biden and Obama are more than reasonable. If you reject them, you'll be with the party that put the US into a if, and's, or but's.

    July 11, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Jrdz

    Ok remember that name Boehner when everything goes to hell in a hand basket. Will he shed tear in front of China when he tells them we can't pay back the loan?

    July 11, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. carly

    The GOP leaders are determined to drive their party into the ground with their positions and lack of action on any issue that affects average Americans.

    July 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    Boner says Americans won't stand for a tax increase on "those who create jobs"? Guess he got his info from one of the Blondes on Fox Propaganda Network.

    People I speak with won't stand for dismantling Medicare, and then Social Security. We're tired of billionaire hedge fund managers paying Capital Gains tax rates (15%) on their income (wages). We want government to work for the majority, not the financial elite. And we are tired of OUR leaders caving in to the repugs. Also, most people I speak with want the Clinton tax rates for all; it was w who created the tax code where almost 50% of workers don't pay taxes. If you want America to be great, someone has got to pay for it.

    Our politicians seem to be at an impasse.

    July 11, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Dish

    "Boehner: Defiant on Taxes"
    Yeah right. My responses show you how defiance pays. They may never see the light of day.

    July 11, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    of course not gotta protect those wealthy "job creators" that are doing such a great job keeping the unemployment rate at over 9%.

    July 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. The Greedy Old Pigs are protecting their wealthy masters

    The Orangeman lies. He has NOT "acknowledged the need for political sacrifice on both sides of the aisle". The proof is that not a single GOBPbagger has stated clearly what sacrifices the wealthy are, or should be, making. C'mon you CNN teatards, since your spineless leaders won't speak out, perhaps some of you can help them out. Surely if the rest of us are making sacrifices, the wealthy should as well, right? Then lets hear your ideas!

    July 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Kevin

    Accept the 4 Trill in cuts. Its whats best for every body. Dont be a boner.

    July 11, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Bill in Albuquerque

    MURDOCH, KOCH BROTHERS, ETC. TO REPUBLICANS: "If you raise rich peoples taxes, we will stop sending money to your Swiss bank accounts". Balance the budget on the backs of teachers, librarians, cops.

    July 11, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  22. ART

    This demagogue will be the downfall of America as we know it.

    July 11, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. vet in texas

    they consistently prove which type of "real American's" they truly represent, yet the only thing their lower income followers say is "they've lost their way".

    There is a need to raise taxes, that reason is to pay for tax cuts from 2000-20010, medicare part D, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Those 4 items were complete Republican legislation and alone doubled the national debt over 5 trillion dollars. That is a fact nobody on these posts can hide from, and the only solution to those 4 items is to raise revenue in order to pay for them. Posters, go to the treasury website and look up public debt from 2000-2006.......those figures had nothing to do with Obama, nothing to do with Pelosi, and nothing to do with Reid.

    July 11, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. GonzoG

    Bipartisanship for Republicans means that DEMOCRATS DO EXACTLY WHAT THE REPUBLICANS WANT.

    There is no word that means "COMPRIMISE" in the Republican Dictionary.

    July 11, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Ex-GOP Con

    The GOP/TEA Biirther Party lack the political courage to do what is right for America. They have OVERSPENT us into debt and refuse to cover that spending. Instead they want to pay interest on the debt and kick that can down the road to our children for them to bear the burden.

    '"It takes two to tango, and they're not there yet," Boehner said in reference to the White House." WTF?! President Obama and the Democrats have already agreed to some spending cuts in the last budget. What compromise has the GOP given as far as raising tax revnue to cover the debt amassed by the two parties?

    The right IS becoming deranged!
    Vote for Term Limits for Congress!

    July 11, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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