September 14th, 2010
10:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Hill Hallways: McConnell on Boehner's tax cut position

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1030 a.m. ET: I just ran into Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and asked him if he thinks House Minority Leader John Boehner gave up the GOP negotiating position on extending all Bush era tax cuts by admitting that he would vote for an extension only for those making $250,000 and below.

McConnell didn't answer directly, but what he did say was certainly revealing.

"Well you know my position, and I made it clear again yesterday. The effort we are going to make here in the Senate is going to be to extend the current tax rates permanently, and we'll have that debate here in the Senate and hopefully prevail," said McConnell.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats clearly think they need more time to game out their strategy. CNN is told that in addition to the Democrats weekly caucus lunch where this will be a hot topic, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is engaged in a series of meetings trying to gauge exactly where his divided caucus is on this issue, and how to proceed. Senate Democrats have given themselves a bit of time to hash out their strategy by scheduling the Defense Authorization bill for next week, which includes a repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy on gays in the military.

Filed under: Hill Hallways • issues • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. A keen observer

    McConnell is just advancing the party of No's position; protect the wealthy and screw the middle class.

    It has been proven that tax cuts for the wealthy DO NOT create jobs!

    September 14, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Clara

    Here we go again, the democrats can not stick together on anything!

    September 14, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. ABM

    They are the true liars – they only want to help their donors - not the American People.

    If you do not want to see this country in another financial crisis then vote Democrat in November. At least they are doing something to help the commoner.

    September 14, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. stevetall

    Hey, stupid! You can't balance a budget or run a country by not taxing those most able to pay. The rich in this country don't do as much good as the Republicans think, especially when it comes to paying their fair share.

    Since when did the Republican Party become so damned unAmerican?

    September 14, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Minnesotan

    McConnell and his turkey neck have zero credibility, just like the rest of the conservative crooks who got us in this economic mess with their epic incompetence and greed.

    September 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Send Reid Home

    Give a tax cut across the board. It will stimulate the economy and provide much more of the investments that drive the economy. The investors are scared of this administration and congress and are holding on to their money.The so called stimulus that create busy work and more government jobs are a waste and inefficient. The millions of taxpayer money given to create jobs for former uaw people to build batteries for electric cars is not a good investment except for those benefit from it directly. Electric cars are years away from being practical.

    September 14, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. a little sad

    For anyone making over $106,000, the aprox 6% of social security tax you pay is dropped. That's about double the amount that the tax will change if the tax reduction on the highest brackets expire as Bush intended.

    The first $250,000 of income is taxed the same for all individuals, no matter what their total income is.

    I don't understand the argument that this will discourage small business (those making a PROFIT of over $250K.) The marginal tax rate will return to the prior rate, which is 3%, or $30 on $1K profit.

    I can't see many true business people turning down $1,000 in profit because they don't want to pay an additional $30. (Net of taxes, it's a little over $600, but still, it's 20 times the amount of the tax.)

    September 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. me

    PUT UP!
    My feeling that this is a GOP put up. They will pass something in the House, send it to the Senate and it will be pulled apart into something that will favor the RICH. Right now all this back and forth banting will hold things up so nothing gets done-AGAIN.

    September 14, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. roro

    Of course that's what the Republicans want – permanent tax cuts for the rich, who hardly need it. We've had those tax cuts for the rich for a number of years now, and look what's happened to the economy. They can't argue that these tax cuts for the wealthy are what's needed to stimulate the economy since it's been proven during these years that that is simply not true

    September 14, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Moby

    Extend them all and make them permanent.

    September 14, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Elle in Idaho

    So wait a minute, the Republicans have been harping on the Dem's for their "over-use" of the budget and continuing to add to it, but now when it comes to raising taxes for the wealthiest Americans which would in turn help to REDUCE the budget, the Republicans are against it?

    It's pretty clear all these guys want to do is have their power and control back... they don't give a rat's behind about what would be best for the country. If we give these guys control of the Senate, you might as well take a seat on your thumb, because that's the only progress that'll be made there.

    September 14, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. kyle from ohio

    Odd, your front web page has a question on this subject and even if it is a non-scientific poll it has over 280,000 responses and clearly over 73% are picking Yes to " Do you think tax cuts should be extended to the middle class, but not the wealthy?", so your scientific poll of 1005 people is wrong!!! that the people are split on the issue.

    September 14, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. save america, vote out republicans

    Mitch is worth $21 million, which makes him the ideal spokesman for the republicans in their war against the middle class. Our grandchildren will pay dearly for the Bush republican unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, the unfunded drug program, the unfunded unnecessary war in Iraq, and the Bush republican give away in the bank bailout.

    September 14, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. HJA

    Typical Rethugs. The middle class can keep their couple thousand in cuts only if the rich can keep their couple of million.

    September 14, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  15. Mark

    Well as of this morning CNN anouced that another Republican Senater has joined the ranks and the Dems now have the votes to pass extending for the middle class only. Keep pitching those no hitters Mitch.

    September 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. larry

    The headline reads "Hill Hallways: McConnell on Boehner's tax cut position". Both these guys are idiots so who cares what is said by McConnell on Boners.

    September 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Kevin Collins

    Once again, GOPers ignore that tax cuts are not free - the money to fund them has to be borrowed from foreign banks like human-rights-depriving China's, which add to the very same deficit GOPers claim they want to pare down. But advocating deficit-contributing tax cuts while averring you're for deficit-reduction is like saying you're a vegetarian with steak in your mouth.

    September 14, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Just like the game they played to get rid of the public option in Health Care. One say OK and they stall and stall (obstruct) then vote against it, even if they wrote it. More games to make corporations wealthier and get more campaign cash for the republican coffers.

    Republicans are bought and paid for by corporate America and wall street executives.

    Same old games will kill jobs – they do NOT care what happens to main street.

    Boehner and Turtle-face McConnell need to go.

    September 14, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. GI Joe

    Unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy – and two unfunded wars.

    Fiscal conservative my butt.

    September 14, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Tinkers Dam

    I would guess the reason why they can't get more support is the Dems have attached something else to the bill. Probably a community center for blind crack addicted mule deer.

    September 14, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Taxes are the lowest they've been in 50 years. Capital gains and investments are taxed at significantly lower rates than earned income. And still the neoclowns whine. Answer me this, tax dodgers, where are all the jobs this "prosperity" was supposed to create? Have a nice day!

    They only call it class warfare when we fight back 😉

    September 14, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The so called "leaders" of the republicans in Congress are trying to play good cop, bad cop. You oppose it, while I'm for it. You can't have it both ways you obstructionists traitors.

    September 14, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. robertJ

    Well well, the repubs criticize the dems when they can't agree and say it's destroying the country! So what is this doing uniting it? morons!

    September 14, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    That won't fly with the people. We all know that is "rich folks" thinking, and not palatable for the middle class, at all.

    September 14, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Jim in Idaho

    Once upon a time in America politics was the art of making compromise.....somewhere along the way the republicans decided that it was either their way or the highway and that there is no longer any such thing as compromise.....these walking Armani suits wouldn't even compromise on whether the sky was blue or not.

    You know what that is? That's F.A.N.A.T.I.C.I.S.M. In other words the same behavior exhibited by terrorists. No compromise. Never. No. Hell no. Our ideology or nothing. Our God or nothing. Our policies or nothing. Those not agreeing us are our enemies.... and going to hell.


    September 14, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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