September 16th, 2010
08:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi Sends Mixed Messages on Tax Cuts, Clarifies Her Position

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Washington (CNN)–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seemed to send mixed messages Thursday about whether she is open to extending the Bush era tax cuts for the wealthy.

Numerous times in her weekly press conference she strongly argued against the tax cuts for Americans making more than $250,000.

"I see no justification giving a tax cut, going into debt to underwrite and subsidize tax cuts for the wealthiest people in America." Pelosi said.

But responding to a question about whether there is any chance the top tax bracket tax cuts will be renewed, she appeared to not rule it out. "The only thing I can tell you is that the tax cuts for the middle class will be extended this Congress."

Republicans immediately seized on her comments, criticizing her for both sides of the argument.

House Minority Leader John Boehner claimed Pelosi was "wavering" on her previous position and called on her to "allow an honest, up-or-down vote before Congress adjourns on legislation that would stop all of the coming tax hikes."

But the election arm of the House Republicans, the National Republican Campaign Committee, put out a press release headlined, "Pelosi Endorses Obama Tax Hike," saying Pelosi "plans to raise taxes in the midst of a struggling economy."

Pelosi aides worked to clarify her comments. Her spokesman, Nadeam Elshami told CNN, "She is not open" to extending tax cuts for the wealthy. Her office eventually put out a release that said, "The Speaker is opposed to extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent because they add hundreds of billions to the deficit and do not create jobs."

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. pat Chamberlain

    I am so angry at 31 democrates senators who are caving in to
    fear of not getting elected. We can't afford to do this . Don't you get it. You could get this done now and you cowards aren't
    backing the President. Shame on you. Every economist said
    we can't afford this. You are playing right into the Republicans
    hands. They love it

    September 16, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. ruty

    Why in the world would you give a tax break to someone making millions of dollars a year and NOT give a tax break to someone making 40 thousand a year.Sounds like the old, rich, white republican way.

    September 16, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. Steve

    You will throw out all of your beliefs just top get re-elected. Pathetic....

    September 17, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  4. rafael

    Politics are so dumb. All she said was, "The only thing I can tell you is that the tax cuts for the middle class will be extended this Congress." That does not say or mean that she supports the tax cut for the wealthy.

    September 17, 2010 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  5. jakinak

    It hardly matters what Speaker Pelosi and the rest of these clowns do at this point. They are about to re-learn an old lesson first documented in one of Aesop's fables. You remember, the one about a goose and some golden eggs.

    September 17, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  6. Fed Up

    Is November coming little to quickly for you, Nancy? Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out.

    September 17, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  7. buh bye in November

    So she voted for the tax increase before she voted against it...true to the left, I must say. If she wants to find revenue, she should start with the millions owed in back taxes by Obama's White House Staff. What a joke...I'm glad she's out in November.

    September 17, 2010 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  8. jules sand-perkins

    How long, how long must we wait until we achieve silence from this horrible woman?

    September 17, 2010 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
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