(CNN) - Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin pointed his political arrow at House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday over the Republican Party's tax stance.
"I wonder if John Boehner knows what it sounds like when he continues to say the position of the Republican Party in America is that you can't impose one more penny in taxes on the wealthiest people," Durbin said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I wonder if he understands how that sounds in Ohio, to working families who are struggling paycheck to paycheck."
While President Barack Obama has a plan to address job creation and the rising national deficit, Republicans "continue to criticize any effort to step forward and do something positive to move this economy," the Illinois senator said. Durbin said the president's $447 billion jobs bill will likely arrive on the Senate floor for consideration next month.
His criticism comes the day before President Obama is set to unveil the details of a separate comprehensive deficit reduction plan that would include a proposal to ensure wealthy Americans pay the same percentage of their income in taxes as middle-income Americans. Few details of the so-called Buffett Rule, a new tax rate for people earning more than $1 million a year, were available Sunday.
But Boehner, as recently as last week, reiterated his opposition to any tax increases as part of a deficit reduction package, making passage of such a bill difficult in the Republican-controlled House.
On the CNN program Sunday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the Buffett Rule is a "political move by the president" and an example of class warfare by the Obama White House.
Durbin, however, insisted that the plan is not a political move intended to paint Republicans as protectors of the wealthy.
Looking ahead to the president's jobs legislation, Graham left the door open to considering the payroll tax cut and some infrastructure spending in the plan, but said those steps will only spur job creation in the short term.
“You can have all the stimulus you want. Until you change Obama’s policies that have frozen job hiring that’s made everything worse, we’re going to stay right where we are, bumping along the bottom,” Graham said.
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