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. Elizabeth

    Let em all expire...

    November 7, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  2. catmom


    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.

    The American people are just not that stupid. WE ALL know that Republicans spent the last four years trying to destroy President Obama and his Presidency. We all know that they refused to work with him in their attempts to make him a one term President and the American people had no intentions of rewarding Republicans for their obnoxious, immature, unpatriotic behavior.

    November 7, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  3. Jack

    Mr. Boehner,

    You'd better look at what we independent conservatives said, work together! You are not starting out that way!

    November 7, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  4. JH

    The Bush tax cuts expire and EVERYONE'S taxes go up....the middle class included. So apparently America wants to support more people getting entitlements (which we pay for), higher gas, no jobs, Obamacare(which I dont think the majority of people even understand) ....Let's remember Congress dem and rep raised the debt ceiling so Obama can keep spending because his own party didn't pass his budget either! We are in Serious Trouble! Everyone needs to get their act together!

    November 7, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  5. FunGuy

    Mr. Boehner, please stop your , crap. your policies were rejected. Accept the reality and work with democrats. This country can not afford losers and narrow vision folks like you.

    November 7, 2012 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  6. Debbi Atkinson

    So much for trying to work with the President...great!

    November 7, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. steve

    Message to Boehner: American voters don't trust the Tea Party and Norquist.

    November 7, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. RobinJ

    I hope they are crushed in 2014 if they continue to refuse to raise taxes to fix this deficit. They need a dose of reality.

    November 7, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  9. talktotennessee

    Boehner and his sour grapes. Doesn't he realize the GOP is out of step and the majority of those that make under $250K WANT tax equity byi the wealthy and as things are now, that isn't the case. The slipping middle class pays more in their working jobs in income tax than brother Mitt with his concealed tax returns and hidden Cayman money. Keep at it Boehner and you will lose the House the next time around!

    November 7, 2012 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Mike

    The nation left several messages for you Boehner, but apparently you didn't pick up. The GOP lost because they don't compromise on things like taxes. It's time for some "real change" – drop your intransigence. The next message from the nation will not be so polite.

    November 7, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  11. Mike

    I wonder if the GOP will now make their primary purpose serving the nation, rather than unseating President Obama, since that is no longer relevant.

    November 7, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  12. Blossom89

    When you went on recess AGAIN, Sen. Boehner you said that you were waiting for the American people to give the house a clear mandate. The American people have given you a CLEAR mandate with the reelection of President Obama to get off your dead behind and work together with the Senate to HELP the American people!!! STOP your obstruction!!

    November 7, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. Fights with Bears

    When has Mr. Boehner much less any GOP in Congress wanted to compromise with anyone. They talk about how they represent the will of the American people but they have no idea and Mr. Boehner is the least informed of anyone. Who paid for their seat in Congress, what are they expecting in return? Tax increases are necessary and I am one person that would be willing to pay more as long as they are not used to fight more wars.

    November 7, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  14. glen

    I've got news for you Boehner. In two years there will be another round of elections. I have a warning for you; if you do not compromise then one by one, your party members are going to be elected out of office. All that is being asked is an additional 4.6% in the MARGINAL tax rate above $400,000 for a married couple filing jointly. They are already enjoying 15% rate on capital gains, and let's face it: wealthy people are generally the only ones to benefit from the capital gains reduction. I can absolutely guarantee you and your party that it will be politically disastrous to dig your heels in on such an issue that most wealthy families are willling to pay.

    November 7, 2012 12:45 am at 12:45 am |
  15. JuJu

    Tick tock Bo(eh)ner... in preparation to lose your re-election, maybe you should plan for a lobbyist job. You are a great example of what Americans are tired of. We are one country and we want Congress to work together. If you were in a corporate job, you would have been fired already. Good luck to you...

    November 7, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. SteveInMN

    The Presidency - the Senate - and erosion of your House majority - it's called a MANDATE, Johnny.

    Now that the singular Rethug goal of making Obama a one term Pres is off the table, perhaps your petulant gang can focus on doing the People's work? Just a thought!

    November 7, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  17. lbpaulina

    Congratulations to all the democrats.
    Looking at Boehner it is visible he has a lot of corns on his feet: he never smiles. is true that today he has nothing to be happy.

    November 7, 2012 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  18. Mahmoud El-Darwish

    "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."
    NO PROBLEM. IT's time for a comprehensive Value Added Tax on Luxury Spending then 🙂

    November 7, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  19. Butt Head

    The Boehner clearly hasn't learned his lesson.

    November 7, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  20. P.S.

    Looks like some people do not learn. Message to Boehner: stop obstructing and start compromising. Americans did not buy Republican crap of giving a tax cut and reducing the deficit at the same time! Remember it is country first and then party. Enough of your my way or highway attitude. Cooperate or continue to see support for your party dwindle.

    November 7, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  21. Arrow

    Boehner open your eyes. Obama has been re-elected with a mandate to raise taxes on the high-income earners.

    November 7, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  22. Maria

    Great start at bipartisanship Boner....I'll continue to vote against the GOP one way rail car!

    November 7, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  23. Jimh77

    Ya have to be careful making a statement on lettin gthe Bush tax expire. There are so many inter twined cuts in there that actually do protect the middel class that eliminating them all as (there are too many) there is just a complicated mess. If you are an electrician, and someone calls you and says the machine stopped working. You get there and open the electric panel and see nothing but red wires connecting to hundreds of connections with no numbering, just a red speggetti mess. That is how Bush put together his tax break. It's a freakin mess and so much is tied in to each other. And no diagram, no schematic.

    November 7, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  24. Obama leaning

    Elections have consequences.

    November 7, 2012 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  25. JCal

    Well, I say – Let them all expire! People will finally realize that Obama is totally ineffective. I wonder if people realize that a very possible scenario is that the cuts expire for everyone and Obama can't do anything about it. That means everyone's taxes will go up.

    November 7, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
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