Boehner lays down a marker on taxes
November 6th, 2012
10:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Boehner lays down a marker on taxes

Washington (CNN) - Shortly after multiple networks projected that Republicans would retain control of the House, Speaker John Boehner took to the stage with a message that looked ahead to the battle over the fiscal cliff - the GOP isn't budging on taxes.

"With this vote, the American people have also made clear that there is no mandate for raising tax rates," Boehner told supporters at the Ronald Reagan building in Washington.

CNN reported Tuesday night that it was mathematically impossible for the GOP to win back control of the Senate, while President Barack Obama won re-election to a second term.

Congress returns next week for the lame duck session. It faces major decisions about how it will head off the series of automatic spending cuts that are set to go into effect at the beginning of next year, and the Bush era tax cuts that are due to expire at the end of December.

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soundoff (206 Responses)
  1. Leann

    If Boehner believes that the President has not received a mandate, he should also not kid himself that the Republicans have received a mandate either. To state that there is no budge on taxes demonstrates the arrogance that has gotten us into the mess that we are in.

    November 6, 2012 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  2. R Dean

    @ "American Voices" If the voters were tired of him, they wouldn't have re-elected him tonight, or (as looks to be shaping up) increasing the majority.

    A reasonable reading of the message voters sent tonight is: "we're not going to elect yet another unappealing candidate from Massachussetts, but we're not going to trust the Democrats with the whole government again." The people voted for checks and balances. Any progress is going to have to be bipartisan.

    November 6, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  3. 4sanity

    Heh Rep Boehner, you promised "Jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010. Well what have you done in those 2 years ? Oh, yeah I forgot. Republicans don't believe government can create jobs. So I guess you lived up to your low expectations. Time for you to do the patriotic thing and get out of the way. Let the grown ups get on with the job.

    November 6, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  4. Lisa

    I dare Boehner to offer to have all discussions with Obama openly in the public arena so people can see for themselves what an obstructionist he is. Got anything to hide Boehner? Come on, your tan looks good.

    Show us that Obama is the problem.

    November 6, 2012 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. LT

    Blogette, Boehner was willing to compromise and did. It was Obama who hasn't compromised. He has consistently refused to work with Republicans. Do you think that will change now? I hope so, but I doubt it.

    November 6, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. Alex

    Boehner has failed in his legislative goal as speaker to make Obama a one term president. Perhaps this term he will keep his legislative agenda to the legislation.

    November 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  7. jdc

    I guess no one realy know what the Bush Tax cuts were! They cut taxes for everyone...all levels of taxpayers. So when they expire taxes go UP for EVERYONE. Did you hear that....EVERYONE! All rates go up approximately the same.
    The the low, middle and the high rates ALL go up.
    America has dumbed down once again. Sad.

    November 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  8. Yeahona

    Bohner – haven't you learned anything tonight?

    November 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  9. Jimh77

    John, it is time now to get off your freakin soap box and start to work together for the good of the Country and be part of the solution rather than the problem. Get over yourself and all your buddies that spend billions on this election. Apparently they just did not have enough cash to buy the votes they thought they did. Now lets go after them and see how many laws were broken.

    November 6, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  10. Jim g

    John, doing away with the 2003 tax cut for the wealthy is not a tax increase. It is putting the tax brackets back in balance. If you can not see that, you have the problem, because the taxpayers get it.

    November 6, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  11. Walter

    Get used to it libbies. Just because your guy is staying in the White House, doesn't mean he's going to get any more done than he did in the last two years. We have the majority in the House and we intend to use that power for the 50% who support us.

    November 6, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  12. Clarke

    If GOP wants the White House back in 2016' they better start working for the people and our country

    November 6, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Hey truth hurts and Friends .

    Please work with our president , we need to work together .

    All the best to you GOP guys and gals.

    See you in three years , till then remember , TRUTH DOSNT HAVE TO HURT !

    God Bless America , All of us !

    November 7, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  14. A Proud Democrat


    Once that hit the airwaves, I had only to take a moment of silence, and I swear I could hear Boehner crying like a little school girl.

    November 7, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  15. John G

    If the GOP continues on its past trajectory I can see the following statement: "Nice country you have here – be terrible if something happened to it..." Just like the Mafia protection rackets used to phrase things . . .

    November 7, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  16. Wyobob

    You are right lt, bohener compromised with the president and then got shot down by his fellow republicants in the house.

    November 7, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  17. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Boehner an McConnell are two of the reasons for gridlock the last four years. These obstructionists should be held accountable by the people of Ohio and Kentucy.

    November 7, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  18. El Lobo

    ok bub have it your way, and when tens of thousands if not millions of defense workers and milatary are out on there can who do you think America is going to hold responsible in two years.

    November 7, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. Ranger

    Another 4 years of Obama...............pray for our country. Spending cuts won't do it. We are beyond a fixable government with all of the same in the White House. Im sure Michelle rea l.l.l.l.y loves this country now!

    November 7, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  20. David

    President Obama has won a second term. There is now a MANDATE for Obama.

    November 7, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  21. H Rand

    Obama did compromise. He accepted an extension of the Bush tax cuts and the STILL didn't work. He used all of the REPUBLICAN ideas of personal responsibility to enact Affordable Health Care. The Republicans keep blowing the dog whistle and refusing to do anything might ever look like any kind of possible compromise with, or concession toward, Obama. The Republicans are the intransigent destroyers of American exceptionalism. Get over it, Repubs ... the American People WANT the vision which Obama laid out. Simple. So stop you pussyfotting around and get with the program ... roll up your sleeves and reach out to work WITH (not against) the President Of The United States Of America. THAT is what patriots do ...

    November 7, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  22. David

    In other words...the Republicans are too stupid to realize that after sitting on their butts for the last 4 years, a continuation of the same policy will result in the same outcome...a 10% approval rate.

    November 7, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  23. Keith

    Boehner isn't smart enough to see that his party has been rejected.

    November 7, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Hadenuffyet

    Well , it was Mourdock who said " I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view" . Now does that sound like compromise to you? This has been the whole GOP mindset since Obama became president.Spin it however you want , but the facts speak for themselves.

    November 7, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  25. GK

    Obama already said he would take this as a mandate to just push what he wants throught. He may have won the electoral college vote, but he sure didn't win the popular vote. But he'll still do what he can to destroy this country.

    November 7, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
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