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. Rob in MO

    Pure political theatre from a repugnant. With the latest news about the deficit, it is even more irresponsible to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

    October 16, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Patricia - Houston

    Hugo –
    Do you know what the term "small business" refers to? It's not the NUMBER of employees, but the number of owners! This small-business crap has been sold to people like you and you haven't even bothered to check the facts! The "small business owners" always find a loophole, just like the large corporations, so even though the tax rate proposed may be high, the reality is they NEVER pay it!

    October 16, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. johnrj08

    Hugo– Corporate taxes in this country benefit the corporations that pay them. Those taxes helped provide them with what had been the best infrastructure and labor force in the world, in addition to the harbors, airports and railways to transport their goods. Corporate taxes also help pay for the educational institutions which are available to the children of those who work for corporations. Corporate taxes are low in other countries because most of the people live in relative poverty and have virtually no chance to improve their lives. China has low corporate taxes. So does India and Mexico. You wanna go live there, buddy?

    October 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  4. Name

    @Hugo. We may have the highest corporate tax rates, but we also have the highest profits and the smallest amount of individuals having the largest portion of overall wealth. You repugs just want to keep things the same and keep lining tour pockets as the rest of the country falls to pieces

    October 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Mike in Texas

    The Bush tax cuts did not create jobs. The jobs created under Bush were due to the unsustainable housing market. We crashed so bad because our economy too heavily invested in one industry. Those jobs created during the housing boom aren't coming back. Tax cuts for the wealthiest aren't bringing those jobs back. I highly doubt these companies that are saying if there tax cuts expire they can't hire actually have tons of jobs waiting to be filled.

    October 16, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    Peter Z- Never was a surplus! It was projected, but 19.7 billion deficit was as close as it got. We lost million of jobs after the Democrats took over control of Congress and after it was apparent to business that Obama was going to win. Dodd and Franks caused the financial meltdown by refusing controls on Freddie and Fannie proposed by President Bush and Sen. McCain and Sen. Hagel in 2005.

    October 16, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. duke

    Just what we need,
    More rich people arguing and defending the pockets of the very wealthy!!
    Vote No just like them come november!
    Every black person who ever wanted some get back,now is the time,
    We need EVERY black voter to turn out and we will make a difference
    We will force those who loved using force on us to understand that they no longer have control,
    And watch the beginning of the next civil war because we know massa can't live without being in power.
    This election is a call to arm for ALL minorities to show the world what white power is really about!

    October 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. TeeParti


    " the highest corporate tax rate in the world"


    US effective corporate tax rates 2009: Exxon Mobile: 0%. Goldman Sachs: 1%. General Electric: -10% (yes we paid them)

    "You need to check some data and statistical factoids"

    yes. you do. and until you do, this country will continue to suffer from Conservative delusions.

    October 16, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Mike in Texas

    Hugo, Other countries also have cheaper labor. Why does Nike make a shoe in Malaysia and sell it here for $150.00. Tax the hell out of companies who ship jobs overseas. Make it so keeping jobs here is cheaper. If they threaten to move all their jobs overseas tell them go ahead we just won't let you import anything to the U.S.

    You are the one who needs to get a clue. Corporations have so many loopholes they pay little in taxes. As long as other nations pay piddly wages and devalue their currency we will never be on a level playing field.

    October 16, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. michaelam

    Tax cuts to the wealthy create jobs, but not in the United States. They create jobs in China and India. If the Boooosh tax cuts worked so well as the Party of Lies claim, we would not have the unemployment rate that we currently have. We would not have experienced 800K job losses during the last month of the Booosh error!

    Find a new line, Mikey.....the only people that buy, "tax cuts create jobs" are tea baggers and the GOP!

    October 16, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. WayneF

    "The prosperity of [ rich CEOs, movie stars, atheletes, and my rich campaign contributors] is more important than the political fortunes of [the middle class or] any politician or any political party," Pence said.

    There. Fixed it for you Mike. You're welcome.

    October 16, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Cheese

    Yes, let's bring them back so the Repubs can act like petulant 5 year olds, saying "NO!" to any and all proposals.

    October 16, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. dan smith

    Please don't call congress back in session, left wingnuts have already done enough damage to this country we don't need them doing any more. Insurance the company I work for has doubled thanks to Obamacare. My grandparents,who are die hard democrats just received a letter from medicare that medicare is no longer covering prescription drugs thanks to Obamacare, meanwhile the democrats vote themselves a pay raise while denying a cola increase for social security. Yep them Demotards have done quite enough damage already.

    October 16, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |

    Im belived that bush are keep better than obama cause bush are keep catched charge against terroist by sept 11 2001

    October 16, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. mj

    So, you believe that Hope & Change have worked over the last 2 years??? We are in a major crisis. No jobs, people are losing their homes, Country in debt over 2 Trillion. Tax cuts do work. People who earn over $150,000 with 6 employees are not rich. Nor will they keep the 6 employees because of Insurance Cost (thanks Obama) and higher taxes. Get a grip. We need to pass these tax cuts. Everyone will be subject to higher taxes come January 1. The rates will go up for everyone getting a pay check.

    October 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. rdepontb

    Sure, go ahead-Republicans are leading in a lot of polls. Have them show up in DC, but let all Dems stay home and counter the smeary, smutty campaiging Angle and Co have been thowing against the wall.

    October 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Lib Hunter

    Bad Parents in combination with Slight Retardation with a tad bit of Molestation by a family member as a child produces a Liberal.
    About 2 weeks and counting until all of the liberal roaches in congress are exterminated. As far as Imam Obama is concerned, its a definite one and done unless of course he is impeached before 2012 which is a definite possibility. Bloodbath is on it way. Oh, and Pence is 100% correct.

    October 16, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Lo.Troeller

    "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."
    So – then, why doesn't he do it???

    October 16, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. America Shrugged

    Hmmm, he wants an up or down vote on Bush Tax cuts before the Nov 2 election? How many times did GOP stop any bill from even getting to the floor for debate using the filibuster? These people are laughable.

    October 16, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. ron

    Eight million jobs were lost during the Bush tax cuts, and the tax breaks to send jobs overseas.

    October 16, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. GonzoinHouston

    What Pence was really pushing for was in the fine print. "an up or down vote on ALL (emphasis mine) the tax cuts. That's GOP-speak for including the tax cuts for the rich. Interesting that the GOP has fought against tax cuts for 98% of the population because they want to ensure those cuts for the wealthiest 2%. And when they continue to obstruct and filibuster until the Bush cuts expire, they will then cry to the heavens about "Obama's huge tax increase".

    October 16, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. kara

    Mike Pence says "Give me my tax cuts!" After voting against everyone else's. Brilliant.

    October 16, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  23. Jim

    dan smith,
    Really? Because my mother is on Medicare and she has received no such letter. My aunt, also on Medicare, no such letter. Such a letter would surely have been leaked to the media, and it hasn't been. You sir, are a liar. And the "insurance at the company I work for has doubled because of Obamacare" is also a lie. The law specifically made it illegal to do what you describe. If you had enouth intelligence to READ the law, you would know that. The only portion of Obamacare that has even come into effect is the part about not being able to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions, and that just happened recently. If you had ANY proof of any of these accusations, it would be all over the news. You have no concept of what life is really like, you live in a world in which Sarah Palin is qualified to be President.

    October 16, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. they call me "tater salad"

    I love how he said "job creators", what he really means is, "all of my wealthy corporate friends with deep pockets that ship jobs overseas and hide their wealth in under the table hedge funds and offshore tax shelters on top of the tax breaks my party made possible for them to enjoy the last 8 years"!! The GOP needs to be exterminated this November like the cockroaches they are! Get motivated people, don't just run your yaps on political blogs.................GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!!!!

    October 16, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. pkb

    Mike Pence doesn't give orders to the President. He is so full of himself that he envisions he will be President. Never will be!

    October 16, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
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