Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'
December 2nd, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Boehner rips House Democrats tax vote as 'chicken crap'

Washington (CNN) - House GOP Leader John Boehner ripped House Democrats for moving ahead with a vote Thursday just on extending tax cuts for those making $250,000 or less, calling the move "chicken crap."

"I'm trying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this maneuver going on today as chicken crap, all right? But this is nonsense, all right?" Boehner told reporters Thursday.

Boehner argued that Democrats were ignoring the message from voters last month who shifted control of the House of Representatives to Republicans.

"The election was one month ago. There are 23 months from the next election and the political games have already started to try to set up the next election. We had an honest conversation at the White House about the challenges that we face to get out of here and to take care of what the American people expect of us and to roll this vote out today, it really is just, it's what you think I was going to say anyway," Boehner said.

The GOP Leader would not give any details on the negotiations between White House officials and Congressional leaders about how to deal with the Bush-era tax cuts that are expiring at the end of the year, but maintained that Congress' main priority now should be on stopping any tax increases for any Americans.

When asked whether Republicans would support extending unemployment benefits as part of a compromise to extend all tax cuts for some period of time, Boehner simply answered, "we'll see."

Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • Tax deal • Taxes
soundoff (307 Responses)
  1. rs

    So, now we have proof that after the election, we didn't get the new, improved "we know we screwed up" Republicans, we in fact got the old, spend 'till your drop, welfare for the wealthy, build the deficit for our grandkids Republicans. How many days until Election day 2012?

    December 2, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    This should settle any question about the true priorities of the GOP. Never mind the economy, unemployment, the deficit, the war, whatever. Nobody gets to even talk about anything until they get a $700 billion tax break for the wealthiest 2%. There's a word for all of you who voted for the "party of fiscal responsibility" – SUCKERS!

    December 2, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  3. Pam

    Oh, Beener! You are so out of touch with mainstream America! We don't want the tax cuts extended for the rich! You don't seem to understand that simple concept!! (I suppose you do need to cowtow to your rich buddies who helped the GOP during this election)

    December 2, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. K. Wynn

    Please, CNN, do a better job at reporting. The extension of the tax cuts that the Dems want apply to all incomes of $250,000 or less – that includes the millionaires and billionaires. Only incomes above $250,000 will see a tax increase. That means if I made $250,001, only $1 will be taxed at the higher rate. Sheesh, no wonder the public don't get accurate info.

    December 2, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    He's right. Just more of the same BS from left wing kook Pelosi that got them thrown out on Nov. 2nd. More wasted time and energy on what the clueless DemocRATS know won't go anywhere in the Senate. Yet another childish act by desperate and defeated leftists. Just another truly sad and pathetic display of their "leadership".

    So much for that meeting to form bi-partisanship. Just another joke by the lying DemocRATS.

    Hurry 2012!

    December 2, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Imagine the words that scum bag used 10 minutes later at the local bar with his lobbyist buddies for a mid-morning gulp of alcohol.

    December 2, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Phil in KC

    Well, he's certainly familiar with crap. He's slung enough bull and horse manure himself.

    December 2, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    John Boehner, if you need to know the definition of 'chicken crap', please find the neares available mirror and then look into it. After that, pass the mirror along through the rest of the GOP. John Boehner, why don't you just admit that you and your Republican Party represent the wealthiest 1% of the country and no one else.

    December 2, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    I love this guy!!!!!

    December 2, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  10. Expat American

    The GOP’s 2 year and counting obstructionist agenda led by “I drank all day, oops, I mean worked all day in my pa’s bar” Boehner is chicken crap. Does Boehner’s fancy Bush 2.0 plan include poor whites who vote Republican?

    December 2, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Trying to raise taxes right now on people who create jobs is completely reckless. It shows again that Democrats have the attention span of a gnat when it comes to doing anything about unemployment. Raising taxes will keep unemployment high.

    December 2, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Lyle

    "We had an honest conversation at the White House about the challenges that we face to get out of here and to take care of what the American people expect of us and to roll this vote out today, it really is just, it's what you think I was going to say anyway."

    Jimbo, what would you call the move by 42 Senators yesterday in essentially saying "we will shut down the business of government until we get tax breaks for America's wealthiest". You were at the meeting you speak of, sitting right next to McConnell. Do you think that the American people are completely stupid? The GOP took the hHouse because Americans want jobs and a better economy, not tax relief for the wealthy. Don't get too comfortable as Speaker, it will be a breif stay.

    December 2, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  13. James

    The republicans truly are the enemy of middle class America. They should be overjoyed that the tax cuts will be extended for the middle class rather than having a hissy fit because rich people will have to pay their fair share. "But the rich create jobs"..... can you say OUTSOURCE? They care noting for America or the middle class.

    December 2, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. katiec

    Chicken crap is nothing compared to the piles of manuer the republicans are trying to dump on the American people.
    Can anyone still doubt who they represent, their lack of caring and concern for our country and us?
    With their goals of destroy our president, win at any cost regardless of the consequences the are well on
    the path to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    December 2, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Jakes

    Total waste of time and that vote should have been done prior to the election. This is the same cr@p that has been going on the last two years. If they want to play games fine but this is going to cost individuals to have smaller paychecks in the New Year because the Senate GOP is not going to let it happen. When the GOP majority takes over in January they will immediately act to extend the tax cuts but this is going to cause wasted time & effort backtracking for corporate payroll people – but then Obama hates corporations .

    December 2, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, my. Boehner is upset about political postering and gamemanship? How remarkable. Keep throwing the chicken crap, Dems. It's ... well ... very refreshing.

    December 2, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  17. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Every state that voted in the Taliban representatives will deserve exactly what they are given....but remember thet the Taliban will not give you a reach around because that goes against family values....

    December 2, 2010 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Grand Obstructionist

    Where are the JOBS Boner?

    The solution: let all the W tax cuts expire. Barack and the Dems can then issue a proposal for new tax standards for the < $250,000 income and we'll have us a vote on that. What do say Boner, want to play chicken with the US Middle Class? Speak up agent orange....

    December 2, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Oro

    Tax cuts with a 13 trillion dollar deficit? Brilliant.

    December 2, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. bailoutsos

    Since Boehner has a PhD in GOP chicken cr@p, he should know.

    December 2, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  21. beevee

    Some one should tell this guy Boehner to use gentleman's language when talking to people and not keep on showing his index finger lke he is accusing someone. He is rude and unpolished in his talk and mannerisms. Who voted for this guy t become a GOP congressman and leader of the majority party (for now any way)?

    December 2, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  22. GaryB

    Let's be clear here, the rich would still enjoy all the same tax rates as the rest of us up to $250,000 (minus the child credit and some education credits). What Boehner and his comrades are proposing are the extension of special tax cuts that are onlly enjoyed by the rich - tax breaks that add billions to our deficit. I don't think that's what the American people had in mind when they voted for fiscal responsibility.

    December 2, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. RAWoD

    Keeping track: it has been 2,772 days since "mission accomplshed" and we are 706 days away from throwing the party of no out for good.

    December 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. glades84

    If the Republicans are serious about job creation then someone would have at least raised the option of making the extension of the Bush tax cuts conditional on job creation. That way extension would serve its stated purpose and and everyone else who plans to just hoard the extra cash wouldn't get the extension, and that in itself might incentivize job creation.

    What evidence is there in the first place that the Bush tax cuts had any positive effect on the economy? If you look at the countries that are experiencing the fastest growth, many of them have much higher tax rates than the United States and that doesn't seem to serve as an impediment to growth for them. Why isn't anyone bringing these issues up.

    December 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Joseph

    In other words, Republicans got called out. To try and shut this down is to make an enemy of the people.

    December 2, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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