September 16th, 2010
08:47 PM ET
11 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. Reality Check

    Please give Pelosi the boot this November!

    September 16, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. jim

    Doesn't this person know how to speak English .All i ever hear coming from her mouth is double speak.Somebody needs to give her an English lesson for a Christmas gift or else she will be deported unless she's granted amnesty by Obama.

    September 16, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. the real ib

    his woman needs to go; I just hope the republicans get enough seats that she has to ride her broom off into the sunset.

    September 16, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. Sick&TiredOfTheGOP

    Good for you Nancy!. This is why I have so much respect for this lady. She cut'em so smoothly and they won't know they're bleeding .LMAO! I repeat ""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."

    Where are the jobs that were created when the initial tax breaks were given to the wealthiest 2%? Will some body please tell me, where are the jobs?

    September 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    "I see no justification giving a tax cut, going into debt to underwrite your.... Well I see no justification for going in debt due to undewrite your wasteful stimulus spending!!! Hypocrite!!!!

    September 16, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. King

    We cannot give the rich tax cut for crying out loud. The main reason the economy boomed under clinton was because tax was high which forced money from the rich to stay in the economy and circulate. then bush raise taxes taking it out of the economy and into the pocket of the rich who then invest and bank it abroad for higher profits and interest rates. Distroying our economy.

    September 16, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  7. Snow

    They are trying to figure out a way to change the name from Bush tax cuts to obama tax cuts. Figures, obama has done nothing but hurt the tax payers and now he wants to take the credit for the Bush tax cuts. You notice its the first time he did not blame President Bush for something.

    September 16, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. Sick&TiredOfTheGOP

    Good for you Nancy! This is why I respect this lady. She is very classy, smart and smooth. I repeat " "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."

    Will someone please tell me where are the jobs created by the wealthy when the wealthy received the tax breaks? Did thewealthy take the tax breaks and then ship the jobs to China? Asia? Or maybe the wealthy took the tax breaks & put the money in their bank accounts?

    September 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  9. j

    The tax cuts for the wealthy need to expire because they are unnecessary and create a burden on future taxpayers. They are unsustainable. If the government is going to engage in deficit spending, which is what a continuation of the tax cuts for the wealthy amounts to, then they'd be better off spending it on direct job creation for people that need jobs. The Republicans are wrong (as usual) on this issue and Democrats that are leaning in support of keeping the tax cuts are making a mistake.

    September 16, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    The DEMOCRATS are 'ripping at the seams' and falling prey to the RepubliCAN'Ts – just like they did when they voted for the war in Iraq!!!

    They're worrying about 'losing a race' than working for the middle class. The BLUE DOGS are moving RIGHT and the other Democrats are afraid to remain in their positions!!!

    It's a shame!! At a time when the DEMOCRATS should STATE their CASE and stick with it – UNITE the BASE and mean it – WIN the RACE and be proud of it – they rather fall prey to the RepubliCAN'Ts because they are SCARED!!!

    Come on NOW – get it together and do what you were put in office for!!!

    T'SAH, the Liberal, and I approve this message!!!

    September 16, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. OpinionPoll

    That's 31 House Dems prepared to betray Obama and betray the party and betray the Dem constituency because they value corporate $$$ more than Dem election votes. What a profoundly stupid move, one day after the Tea Party managed to split (dilute, weaken) Repub strength after the primaries. If they hold to that position, no Dem or Independent should ever again cast a vote for a Democrat politician. When they betray their constituency, that voting constituency must reply in kind, by abandoning the Dem political traitors, who repeatedly prove beyond all doubt that they have no scruples and have made no good faith commitment to the ideals they pay cheap lip-service to. If these Dems hold to this position, Dems fully deserve to be swept out of office in a monumental way.

    September 16, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  12. ABM

    Once again the Dems have their tails between their legs. STAND UP to the GnOP!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!

    September 16, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Lunatic

    Insane asylum: please send someone to pick up the escapee and this time keep a better eye on them.Please don't let them get loose again and find their way back to washington

    September 16, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  14. maf

    44 million Americans living BELOW the poverty line!!!!

    Extending tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% of Americans is ABSURD!!
    The rich remain rich and the poor continue to grow.
    Republicans can be happy that they are contributing to this growing number by playing word games and trying to confuse everyone with the rhetoric!! The politicians in the US are NOT the ones joining the millions of poor, they are all the ones that don't GET IT, but especially this brand of GObP the Party of NO.
    Get your resumes ready group, you are going to find out what it is like to try to find work in this economy that you are so astonishingly forcing back to the edge of the cliff!!

    September 16, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  15. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Don't capitulate to the GOP we can't afford to barter.

    September 16, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    The wealthy don't create jobs?
    You lie: the wealthy created almost all of the jobs we have!
    Do you mean that the wealthy don't dream up make-work jobs for failures such as basket weaving for church collection plates, selling cold bottled water on city streets from government-subsidized tubs of ice, and opening doors at government buildings without expecting a tip?
    No, the rich are not making up jobs that don't need to be done, and they're not going to hire people can't do anything that we need done. That's one of the reasons that they're rich.
    Still, if you have any job at all, you probably work for somebody rich.
    Do you want to lose your job, just to get back at the rich?

    September 16, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |

    T^his has to be the stupidist woman to ever hold office. Thank God we will not have to put up with her after Nov 2010. A Republican controlled House, Congress can appoint another Speaker. She is dog meat and is basically through. Reid will not be re-elected. Soon 2012 will be here then no more Obama, Biden and the traitor Hillary. HURRAY THINGs SMELL LIKE ROSES INSTEAD OF FISH IN AMERICA.

    September 16, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Danger

    Funny she didn't worry about the deficit when she was running the debt up into the trillions to provide welfare healthcare, bailing out the unions and all of the other ignorant programs of obama's that she supports. It will be so nice when she is out of power and takes her jet back to CA for good.

    September 16, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  19. Rick CT

    She's an idiot. Of course raising taxes on nearly half of all small businesses that actual employ others will stifle job growth. But then again, this would be consistent with everything Pelosi/Reid/Obama have done to date.

    September 16, 2010 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  20. Clueless

    This woman has no clue how to manage or even simple economics.Worst speaker of the house in history teamed up with the worst senate leader and the worst president, recipe for disaster.

    September 16, 2010 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  21. You Betcha

    Yea, but you can bet she probably writes off everything and has all kinds of perks that the taxpayers pay for that she won't be giving up to reduce the deficit. Just take a look into what the healthcare fiasco is really going to cost Americans (productive working Americans that is). She needs to be replaced before she does more damage.

    September 16, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  22. CBR

    The GOP's Boehner did the exact same thing. He waffled on the issue.

    September 16, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Is there any sign other than verbal promises that the federal government is planning to spend less or cut any program? Or do we simply see ways of increasing money flowing to D.C.?

    September 16, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  24. bill stapp

    Is there any sign other than verbal promises that the federal government is going to decrease spending or reduce programs?

    September 16, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  25. Mike in SA

    This woman is completely delusional.

    What she said was "...without getting into procedure and timing and process, what we're going to do is to say at the end of the day, the extension of the Obama middle-income tax cuts will take place..."

    Extension of what tax cuts?!? Obama was still serving his first full term in the Illinois Senate when those tax cuts were put into place.

    Pelosi needs to get her head examined.

    September 16, 2010 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
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