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. JMBarrett

    To JH...YOU don't understand that "entitlements" are earned over a lifetime of working and paying into Social Security and Medicare. Just as you expect your boss to pay you for working all week, we who receive Social Security EXPECT the government to send us a check every month BECAUSE WE SENT THEM A CHECK EVERY MONTH FOR YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. Your paycheck is an entitlement, just as my pension payment is. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE.

    November 7, 2012 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  2. Carroll E. Gant, JR.

    For Rep Boehner and the GOP to lay down that marker is a death nail on not trying to look to solve the problems they caused as per the Budget they didn;t pay for and no rules dose not work with the changing America and the Nation of color. In two years they wiill come up for reelection. Doing nothing to help solve the problems we are trying to get over when President Obama took office in 2008. The popular vote means everything with the vote for reelection and trying to fix what the gop messed up.

    November 7, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  3. JMBarrett

    Isn't it just like Boehner to stick his heels in the sand and the President hasn't even given his acceptance speech. Isn't he just such a great example of his party wanting to work with the President towards doing good for the American people. We should have dumped every Republican from the Senate, and 2/3s of the Republicans from the House. It's the only way they'd get the message that the American people are sick of partisanship, sick of the refusal of the Republican party to put their personal agendas aside and work for the American people. It's what they're PAID to do.

    November 7, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  4. Obama leaning

    Obama bet his re-election on raising taxes for the wealthy back to the rates under Clinton. He is not going to give in now, nor should he. The premise that tax cuts produce growth needs to be looked at on a case by case basis – not become the religion of this country.

    November 7, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  5. ManTex

    New day. Same old GOP / GOTP obstructionist politics pandering to the rich. Keep it up and guarantee that Hillary will be elected president in 2018. Paul Ryan was on the stu pid committee and insisted that the Bush tax cuts for the rich remain while the military budget be cut by 10%. The GOP needs to own that and quit pandering to the rich.

    November 7, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  6. lbpaulina

    OK. I wrote something that will never be published; reason? Unknown, because the word I wrote refers to something in the feet, and this is insane. Any way, congrats to all the democrats, and to all the Americans. To the Republicans: Mitt Romney gave a very gentle concession speech, congratulations.

    November 7, 2012 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  7. Eli Cabelly

    Bring on the fiscal cliff. The voters will vote Social Security, Medicare, and the farms back in because it affects our bottom line. We won't vote the military spending back in.

    November 7, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. charli

    he will lose the house next election.

    November 7, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  9. The Left Wing

    When is this obstructionist up for re-election? It is time to work together.

    November 7, 2012 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  10. Billsf

    Hey Boehner,
    Get over it! You lost.....again!

    November 7, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  11. John F.John F.

    "Work with Obama,Work with Obama". All that means is give in and roll over. Just what the hell has "His Highness" offered to compromise on? Just let the CRAP hit the fan and we can start over instead of winding up like some third world country. Who will lend us the money to carry on, China already owns all our industries,what else do we have to mortgage? Wake up and smell the coffee people !

    November 7, 2012 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  12. thom guerra

    may God help us all. what will be left of america after 4 more years of the big O?

    November 7, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  13. sean74cnn

    The GOP needs to put in place a speaker of the house who did not sign a pact with Grover Norquist. They are going to harm their party if they continue on with policies that this election proves the American people don't care for.

    This is the second time the American people have voted Obama into office. It's about time the GOP learns to work with him.

    November 7, 2012 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  14. Zaphod Beeblebrox

    Obama wins re-election, Dems hold the senate and Boehner believes that the Pubs keeping the House is a mandate on taxes?

    November 7, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |

    You lowered taxes alot during the Bush years and went to war. Wake up Bohner, it's time to pay for the wars we bought..... Now you are going to kick and scream that the TEMPORARY tax cuts passed under Bush can't be allowed to EXPIRE – as they were always intended to do? It was a TEMPORARY measure. So you get Dems to agree and then bait and swtich.

    Americans aren't buying it Bohner. It's time to pay rather than pass the debt to our kids.

    Rich people LOVE Treasurey bonds.... the debt is the BIGGEST transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy class. You will never see republicans get rid of the debt. When Bush took office we were in danger of starting to pay it down and look what they did? Lower taxes start wars medicare part D.... SPEND SPEND SPEND and then cut taxes.

    Reblicans are out for the 1% anyone else who votes for them is being hoodwinked.

    November 7, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  16. william3559

    Strange isn't it; Democrats pick up additional seats in the Senate and Republicans pick up additional seats in the House. Gridlock will be prevelant for at least the next two years, most likely the next four.
    Many commenters here fail to realize that the House of Representatives are the Peoples Representatives in the goverment; Senators represent the state they are from and the President represents the US of A. The Presidents job is to Veto or Sign into law bills passed by both houses of Congress, to lead and be a good Commander in Chief. President Obama has a lot of room for improvement as a leader, he has failed to compromise on his ideas with my and your Representatives. Go ahead and read up on how the Presidency, Senate and House are suppossed to conduct business....Obama has to learn to work with the House, they are my and your true Representatives and that is why every two years they are either re-elected or replaced by us, the Elecotrate and obviously we the People are happy with the Republican majority House of Reps because we just added several more Republicans to the House. Unfortunatley, Boehner made this comment about his stance on taxes; I'm sure Obama will consider his re-election a mandate of the People and have the same attitude as Boehner. The President failed to act on his words in seeing "the writing on the wall:after the 2010 elections when Republicans took the majority away from The House Dems. Yeah, Four More Years, of gridlock! Everyone looses except the politicians, yeah! By the way Mr. President, you did not get a mandate by being re-elected, we would have given you a Democratic controlled House if that were true.
    My Rep is Republican and I am happy with the majority of his voting record, but I'd like to see a little flexability from him in dealing with the Senate by getting bills to the Presidents desk to be signed into law or vetoed.

    November 7, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  17. Country Concerned

    Any new taxes, as usual, will go to government employees and private sector unions that have control of the construction trades thoughout the United States since 1931, It's called the Davis-Bacon Act. A Jim Crow law turned union protectionism. Let us not forget that all major colleges and universities are under union control, anyone guess why there is so much emphasis on sending kids to these institutions even when there are no jobs once they get out.

    November 7, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  18. Shane

    Everyone, the rich, the poor, the middle class are going to have to give some extra. Entitlements are going to have to be cut, and some additional taxes will be needed to help reduce the deficite.

    This isn't us vs them, this is the US as a whole is going to have to work together.

    November 7, 2012 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  19. Franklin Romney

    Boehner has just rang the death bell for the GOP.
    Americans aren't gong to let you ruin our economy again.

    November 7, 2012 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  20. Boehner Baily

    It's time for tBoehner to lead, follow or get out of the way

    November 7, 2012 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  21. Shane

    The Republicans need new leadership. There needs to be more moderation in both parties, and moderate leadership that isn't afraid to cross the lines on issues that really matter, or that are willing to compromise in order to get bills passed.

    The unwillingness to compromise is tearing this country apart from both sides.

    November 7, 2012 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  22. Funk

    I see they haven't learned, until the remnants of their party are the toothless people that make up a large part of it.

    November 7, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  23. kbob365

    The American people made a choice between a government that works for the collective good (and, yes, "common welfare" is in the Constitution) and a government that works for the 1%. It chose the former. The GOP got spanked tonight, precisely because they Just Don't Get It. Neither does Oompa-Loompa Man.

    November 7, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  24. AJ

    Boehner you FAILED. You spent 4 years sabotaging the country so Obama would be a one term president. Guess what "moderate", "bi-partisan", "compromise" are in....... "far left, far right, extreme," are on the way out. Until the GOP gets that, your going to keep on losing.

    November 7, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  25. camarors68

    Just one question, the revenues for the US government as a whole is about $5 trillion dollars. That is about the entire GDP of China the second largest economy in the world. So our government brings in the same amount as the entire value of the country of China and we need more money to run our government? Remember this is trillions of dollars so why do we need more taxes again. You can dump as much water as you want in to a bucket but with no bottom it will not hold water.

    November 7, 2012 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
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