October 16th, 2010
10:56 AM ET
12 years ago

GOPer to Pelosi: call Congress back

(CNN) - In the weekly Republican address Indiana Rep. Mike Pence urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Congress back into session, a little more than two weeks before the midterm elections.

"Washington DC doesn't tax too little, Washington DC spends too much. Raising taxes on job creators won't create jobs," Pence said. "Speaker Nancy Pelosi should call Congress back into session immediately and allow an up-or down-vote on preserving all current tax rates."

Pence was referring to the extension of the so-called Bush-era tax cuts that Congress failed to address before leaving Washington last month. The House GOP Conference chairman also equated the plight of the 33 Chilean miners trapped beneath the ground for 69 days to the U.S. economy.

"This week, the world rejoiced as 33 miners emerged safely from months of dark captivity in a deep Chilean min," Pence said. "Today, many Americans feel trapped under the weight of historic spending and government mandates."

But in his weekly address, President Obama blamed Republicans for voting to reward those who "create jobs and profits overseas."

"We should give tax breaks to American small businesses and manufacturers," Obama said. "We should reward the people who are helping us lead in the industries of the future."

Both messages acknowledged the tough times Americans are facing and promised the economic climate would get better.

"The prosperity of the American people is more important than the political fortunes of any politician or any political party," Pence said.

"We should reward the people who are helping lead in the industries of the future," the president said. "That's how we'll put our people back to work and lead the global economy."

Filed under: 2010 • Mike Pence • President Obama
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Read My Lips

    Pence is a Political puppet who simply spews the false, fake lies and distorted "sense of Republicon Reality" that does not exist.

    October 16, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. maf

    Wow, what broken records the Party of NO are! The false rhetoric around the extension of tax breaks to only the wealthiest Americans is shameful. On the continuum of wealth, there are always those who don't have anything and those who have everything. Every one of us falls somewhere on that line. The difference these days is that more and more of us are closer to the point of not having anything. There has to be a redistribution of wealth in order for societies to survive. Yes, we would all like to be responsible for our own, but that is becoming more difficult each generation.
    It's NOT socialism, it's SURVIVAL!!

    October 16, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. ramtruck2500

    I wonder if it is just me, these republican teabags say nothing about actual fixes just whine no solutions at all. Then we should waste more money on a session callback to pass the Bush tax cuts???! give me a break. Its like trying to watch TV their adds are all the same crap like a whiny brat!

    October 16, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. La Piovra

    Always must put his two Pence in, must he? It's his party that won't allow an up-or-down vote on the issue. As for where these Republicans came from that replaced the real ones, dear readers, search the Council on National Policy. They're the ones who gave us Sarah Palin.

    October 16, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. phil

    Why would you gopers and tea pottys want congress back in session, so you can vote NO on every piece of paper that comes in front of you!!!!! You better take some time off, to collect your "special interest" money for your BS attack ads!!! Oh, you gopers and your extreme activist, your just going to fix all of the problems you put us into. I am going to watch you fail again!!!! What magicical powers you have!!!! LOL LOL !!!!!!????

    October 16, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. KatR

    We the People already know that Republicans want to keep the tax cuts for ALL while the Democrats want to keep them for everyeone EXCEPT the top 2%. Why is it necessary to call Congress back into session to vote on the issue when We the People already know the score? Sounds like politics, not governing. Congress will have several weeks AFTER the election to deal with the issue. The tax cuts don't expire until 12/31/10.

    October 16, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  7. chris

    I like how the US is blaming China for their problems. This is all political rhetoric. The Chinese are progressing as a country and they are laughing at us. The bickering and fighting needs to stop or otherwise this country will be moving into the middle ages in the next ten years.

    October 16, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. annie s

    Here we go again with the ridiculous "job creators" tag. Where were these job creators when the economy shed 8 million jobs – after the tax cuts were passed? Refusing to continue the tax cuts for the top 3% of income producers merely puts us back to the rates paid under President Clinton – when 22 1.2 million jobs were created. Get a grip Republicans – trickle down doesn't work and never did.

    October 16, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. La Piovra

    KatR: I don't know your political persuasion or point, but ever since Christine O'Donnell used We the People in and out of place, I am tempted to ask every user of this phrase if s/he has a mouse in shis pocket.

    October 16, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. LacrosseMom(real one)

    President Obama has been working at getting Congress to PASS the bill that WILL give Small Businesses & the Middle Class Tax Cuts! BUt...... the obstructionists GOPers wont cooperate!

    The Republicans voted against a bill two weeks ago that will penalize U.S. Companies that ship U.S. JOBS overseas! SO.... when America, wonders what happened to U.S. JOBS....... ask a Republican!

    October 16, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. ron

    What is this Clown talking about, "call Congress back", The Gop hasn't done anything but vote no while Congress was in session, what does he want, tax cuts for the rich, more jobs to China, say no healthcare to sick children.

    October 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Clint, Wa.

    @annie s
    Very well put, and the trickle down is still trickling down. President Obama is stoping it, but it takes time, which now days people don't understand, they want everything right now (doesn't work that way).

    October 16, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  13. Peter Zheutlin

    Look, this is simple. BEFORE we ever had the Bush tax cuts, when Clinton was president, the economy added 23 million jobs and we had a budget surplus. After eight years of Bush we'd lost 8 million jobs, the budget deficit soared and the stock market had lost 50% of its value (from the peak). Today, though job growth is slow, we have at least reversed the trend (in th final months of the Bush presidency we were losing 800,000 jobs a month). The stock market is up more than 50% since Obama came to office. So, now we are supposed to go back to the Bush era policies that got us into this mess because Obama hasn't been able to completely dig us out of the hole the GOP left behind? What credibility does Pence or the GOP have on economic policy? It's amazing to watch the GOP hold tax cuts for 98% of Americans hostage because they want the top 2% to keep their tax cuts as if keeping tax cuts for richest 2% is they to job growth. B.S.

    October 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. Hugo

    It blows my mind how mis-informed you liberals are on here. You need to check some data and statistical factoids as to why our jobs went overseas, it is called the highest corporate tax rate in the world, it is called onerous government regulation on small business with employees over 25 people . Let's apply it to YOUR everyday world, say McDonald's has a happy meal for your little liblet's on the way to school for $1.00, but Burger King has the same deal for .50 cents...I know you love those fries but you know your gonna go to Burger King for half the price. Get a CLUE!

    October 16, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Peter Zheutlin

    Correction to my last post: last sentence should say "is the key to job growth." If giving the richest 2% a tax cut is the key to job growth, why, after the Bush tax cuts, did we lose millions of jobs?

    October 16, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. GI Joe

    They had 9 years to create jobs in the US after the first tax cuts for the wealthy. Instead, OUR jobs were shipped overseas. NO MORE tax cut extensions for the top 2%. The don't create jobs for the US

    October 16, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  17. Leukevent

    Rep. Pence’s address was a direct response to the Presidents who slammed the Republicans for blocking s.3816, Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act.

    It's interesting that Rep. Mike Pence chose not to answer president Obama’s charge directly–Oh, yes we republicans did block legislation that would offer tax breaks for businesses that will create jobs here in America because we want to continue "backing" tax breaks to American businesses that create jobs and profits overseas. The reason you ask, well it's obvious. As long as these companies continue to operate and hire overseas, fewer Americans will enter the work force who otherwise would, unemployment will continue at it's dismal pace and we can continue to blame the Obama administration for not doing enough to help jobless Americans and stimulate economic growth in the US!

    Again, Republican obstructionism with some smoke and mirrors!

    October 16, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. skylark

    Not in million years (if we had a million years). When you bring the jobs back to the USA (Yes you can) then maybe we would give the GOP a second thought. Right now they are in the TRAITOR column, having sabotaged our President at every turn and tried to destroy any progress we Dems could have made. The only thing that is trickling down from the GOP is urine.

    October 16, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Ken, AZ

    Hugo says "It blows my mind how mis-informed you liberals are on here. You need to check some data and statistical factoids as to why our jobs went overseas, it is called the highest corporate tax rate in the world......". You, Sir, are misinformed. The reason jobs went overseas is because of cheap labor, little or no environmental standards, and eye-popping profits because of these. It has nothing to do with coporate tax rates. If that were the case, then why are those same coporations still based in th U.S.? You need to stop listening to the pointy heads on FOX and try to reason for yourself.

    October 16, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  20. Snoop

    The "rich" as you libs are so fond of going on about, already pay close to half of their income in taxes, instead of about a quarter of it or less like us "regular folks". Is that fair? No, and there's no way you can say it is without raising the specter of socialism.

    As far as penalizing companies for choosing to use foreign facilities – really? Seriously? Our government needs to tell businesses how and where and when they can do business, and with who? Maybe you won't like it when the government is telling you what you will buy, how much, and from whom.

    October 16, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  21. Please Vote Republican So I Can Take Your Job

    Thank you very much

    'Kevin" – Bangladore, India

    October 16, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Call Congress back? Two weeks before election? With Congress loaded with Democrats trying to keep their seats? Are those Democrats catching up or surpassing the GOP-Tea Party wanna be's because of their presence in their home districts? Plenty of time to take care of busines after the election. Pence, why don't you just stay in Washington while the Democrats undermine your Party. Fair is fair, that's all you have done since the Democrats have had controll of the White House and Congress.

    October 16, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  23. Hugo

    annie-comparing what transpired in the Clinton Administration to what is going on now is apples to oranges. Everyone realizes there is a lag period in any economic policies that are applied, some are rapid like with Obama's and some take time to come to their full potential. Let's take NAFTA and the China trade agreement for an example...they were both front end loaded deals that boosted our economy in the short term with new markets for our technologies to third world countries, now we are realizing the true value of their worth. Additionally, let's not forget that thanks to Bill Clinton's neglect to our National Security, George Bush got 9/11. What do you think that did to the economy and by the way when did you ever see trickle up poverty create a job?

    October 16, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. upstateny

    All I can say is that we needs jobs and we need the Bush tax cuts to remain in place AT LEAST for another 2 years. I think we should tax corporations that send jobs overseas. I think we should tax employers that use "contract" employees instead of hiring employees. I know we can't keep taxing corporations but it is the corporations are flying under the radar and still reaping the rewards, while the workers are getting benefits cut, matching 401K contributions are obsolete, vacations are being reduced and the employee's contributions for health care are escalting. I'm not sure which party is on the side of working people, which side is for the corporations or which side is for the lobbyists.

    October 16, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. felicia

    Pence is awesome, and he's absolutely right. Obviously Obama's policies are not working and Obama wants to punish corporate America and wants everyone to depend on govt. No thanks!

    October 16, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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