September 8th, 2010
08:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Boehner unveils GOP plan for economic recovery

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday unveiled the GOP’s plan for economic recovery.

House Minority Leader John Boehner on Wednesday unveiled the GOP’s plan for economic recovery.

Covington, KY (CNN) - The man in line to be Speaker of the House should Republicans win the majority is trying to convince voters his party isn't just against Democrats policies – they have ideas of their own.

In advance of President Obama's economic speech in Cleveland, Ohio native son John Boehner released a two part GOP proposal he says he wants Congress to take up this month when they return for a brief session.

First, the plan calls for Congress to freeze most government spending for next year at 2008 levels, before the near $800 billion dollar stimulus bill was passed.

Second, Republicans want to enact a two year freeze on all current tax rates. This is intended to stop all Bush era tax cuts from expiring.

The president campaigned on ending those tax cuts for families making $250,000 or more. Many Congressional Democrats back that idea, saying the wealthiest Americans should be taxed at higher rates. In key races all over the country Republicans have been blasting their Democratic opponents, saying raising those tax rates would end up hurting small businesses and inhibit consumer spending.

Republicans know there is virtually no chance of this passing before November, but this does give a glimpse of what direction a GOP House Majority may take, and in real terms show how they would try to affect President Obama's agenda.

House GOP sources say they will unveil a broader Republican agenda later this month.

In a statement, Boehner's office said that agenda "is being built from the ground up by listening to the American people who want Washington to end its out-of-control spending spree and end uncertainty for small businesses so they can get back to creating jobs."

Filed under: Economy • issues • John Boehner
soundoff (158 Responses)
  1. Mike

    So, let me see....Bush tax cuts.....freeze spending on programs that help the people that are hurting.....all just to screw Obama....

    Vote Republican!

    September 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Bad plan. There is zero justification for tax breaks for the wealthy. period.

    September 8, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. chill

    Sounds Republican. Cut spending intended to help the middle class and the poor while cutting taxes for the wealthy. We all saw how well that worked under Bush. Jobless recovery, growing concentration of wealth, less constant dollar income for most of us, and a ballooning deficit.

    September 8, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. GI Joe

    IF he stops drinking and playing golf with lobbyists, what in the world will he do with all his days and nights? Nothing useful, I'm sure. Vote him OUT, Ohio.

    September 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Dave

    You've got some real original and well thought-out ideas, Boehner. If I didn't know better, I would say that's the same garbage you GOP dolts have been peddling for years. Next...

    September 8, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. anagram_kid

    Step one should be to admit the Republican policies are one of the major causes of the recession. Step two should be due to step one, they are going to let the Democrats decide economic policy for the next 10 to 15 years.

    September 8, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. TIM

    What did you expect from the party that gave us Bush/Cheney and then McCain/Palin?
    A two year freeze on spending and taxes - sounds good-like Hoover sounded good,

    September 8, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Ben Singleton

    I agree. Think back to the descriptions of the "stimulus" bill. It was filled with junk pay-offs to democrat special interests. There was little of vital interest to the US citizens. Obama signed off on a bill that was simply a payout to people who voted for him with the expectation that others would foot the cost of the bill (you and me, taxpayers). That is likely the reason the "stimulus" bill failed. Get those idiots out of DC as soon as possible...!!!

    September 8, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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