September 12th, 2010
10:57 AM ET
11 years ago

Boehner says he'd vote for Democratic tax proposal

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday that if he had to, he would vote for a Democratic proposal to restore higher tax rates on the richest Americans."](CNN) - The top Republican in the U.S. House said Sunday he would vote for extending tax cuts to all but the wealthiest Americans, if that's the only option available.

Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the House minority leader, told the CBS program "Face the Nation" that he wants the tax cuts from the Bush administration extended to everyone.

However, if President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats push through their plan to extend the tax cuts to Americans earning less than $250,000 a year while restoring higher tax rates on others, Boehner said he would vote for it.

"If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I'll vote for them," Boehner said, later adding: "But I'm going to do everything I can to fight to make sure that we extend the current tax rates for all Americans."

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  1. Ken in NC

    Well "John of Orange" has had his own "dirty laundry" hung out on he front lawn for all to see and he decides to show how he is really for helping the American people. He is so cynical and self serving. All he wants to do is regain power so he can go back to the old ways of the GRUMPBY OLE PARTY.

    September 12, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Boehner knows the McConnell Gang in the Senate will block the bill with a filibuster just as they have blocked everything else.

    It's time for the filibuster to be returned to its original form or eliminated. Either the opposition stands and talks ad nauseum or majority rules – I don't care who has the majority.

    September 12, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. save america, vote out republicans

    What has gotten into Agent Orange? This does not sound like the man who has taken on and fought against the middle class these last two years. Is his reelection in jeopardy?

    September 12, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. btwsr

    Trpical Boehner. I trust that if the GOP takes control of the House that this two-faced RINO is not elected Speaker. If that happens we will have more of the Bush fiasco. That we do not need.

    September 12, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. annie s

    Noooooo – easy to talk when you don't believe they'll have the votes at all if the Repubs take over.

    September 12, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. La Piovra

    ¬°Hoop! Sky Masterson, in "Guys and Dolls", said that if a guy wants to bet you the Jack of Diamonds is going to hop out of a deck and spit cider in your ear, don't bet against him, or you'll wind up with an earful of cider. Could be applesauce this time around, but I'm waiting for that eruption of malus domesticus.

    September 12, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    CNN sure likes to suck up to this Boner guy.... even if he never has anything to say....

    September 12, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Is Boehner moving towards the center of political spectrum because he believes the House Speakership is within his grasp? What happened to the just say No mantra? If he becomes Speaker, the question is can he get the right "wingnuts" of his party to co-operate?

    September 12, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. NVa Native

    Agent Orange has said and done this type of hype in the past – and always has voted against it at the last minute – after under the guise of bi-partisainship – they weakened the bill to the point where it didn't make either side happy.
    Which of course is exactly what the Repubs planned to do all along.
    So telling lies is pretty easy for him, and all the other Republicants.

    But maybe Boner is one of the very few of the many misguided angry old white puppets who regained their honor at the Beckler's hopey-preachy-changey event ?

    September 12, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. John

    Congressman John Boehner: always the peacemaker.

    Not once to date.

    September 12, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    That is a reasonable proposal. Too many of the Dem proposals have NOT been reasonable, nor good for the country.

    September 12, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Is there a video clip of John Boehner's statement? When it comes time for the vote, he'll need to review it. We'll have to rub his nose in it.

    September 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. Karen A.

    spoken like a "true" politician.

    September 12, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. Djinn

    Well DUH!! What did we expect Agent Orange to say? Of course he will fight to keep the tax cuts for the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch. Who do we think pays for his extra-congressional lifestyle. What a suck-up.

    September 12, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Joe M.

    What an idiot. Simply by saying that he destroyed any chance there may have been that the tax cut would be extended for everyone. I'm a Republican, but if this is the kind of thought process we have to look forward to, I'm kinda scared.

    September 12, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. bobby in so cal

    if it makes real sense it is a go ! itrust Boehner's judgement anything to help a taxpayer .Obama just is running to the center because of fear

    September 12, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  17. Proud member of Global Zero

    I hope he sticks to it. The largest draw on our deficit is taxes. What is wrong with paying taxes. They keep us on paved roads, drinking safe water, keep us safe with our police and fireman. I am not opposed to having my taxes raised and I am so far below the $250,000 dollar cap. The only things that will bring us out of this recession is AMERICAN JOBS IN MANUFACTURING AND EDUCATION.

    Democrats 2010 and beyond

    September 12, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  18. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    He is only doing it to show they don't say no to everything. Once they get control they will give the cuts back to the rich (like me) who do not need it (like me). I'd go to 50% of it would help. When the tax cuts came I said what for? They should give it to those who need it. I just put that money away for when they raised it back.

    September 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. D

    Yeah right....this guy has no interest in doing anything that helps America, period. He plays to the polls, and tomorrow he will be doing what he always does, screaming socialism, antichrist, illegal alien, Nazi, tea party, death panels (seriously there are to many to even list at this point).

    September 12, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  20. pb_steve

    Whe democrats say the "US can't AFFORD to extend tax cuts to the rich", they make it sound like it's the governments money. Who's money is it really? When I bring home my paycheck, I really think I EARNED IT and IT'S MINE. What do you think?

    September 12, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. ChumBucket

    Somone please explain how raising taxes on buisness owners is good for the economy?

    September 12, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. JoeL

    Ultimately he will find reason to vote against it

    September 12, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Mad Libs

    This is very good news for moderate Republicans (the only sane ones out there). It shows that not all members of our party are being pushed around by those damned Tea Partiers.

    Candidates in the middle are what our country needs.

    September 12, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  24. slag

    Amazing, Peter Orszag (Obama's Chief Budget Director until June 2010) thinks the same thing. He believes that all of Bush's tax cuts should reamain in effect until unemployment comes back down.

    September 12, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. Mike from Atlanta

    Folks, this is what "denial" looks like. Like most of the career politicians, Democrat and Republican, Stoyer has no idea what is going on in the real world. On November 2 we are going to have an insurrection against the federal government of the United States. That insurrection will be confined to the ballot box. Like Bob Dylan once said, "The times they are a-changin' ".

    September 12, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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