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John Boehner Calls Vote on Middle-Class-Only Tax Cut 'Chicken Crap'

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Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner did not mince words Thursday as the House of Representatives prepared to vote to extend the expiring Bush tax cuts for families with income under $250,000 -- but blocking the Republican effort to permanently extend the cuts for all Americans.

Although no Democrats have agreed with Republicans to make the Bush tax cuts permanent for everyone, 31 moderate House Democrats signed a letter this week calling for a temporary extension of the tax cuts for higher incomes while the country continues to fight its way out of recession.

"I'm tying to catch my breath so I don't refer to this maneuver that's going on today as chicken crap. But this is nonsense, right?" Boehner said. "The election was one month ago. We're 23 months from the next election and the games have already started to set up the next election."

The source of Boehner's ire was a House vote earlier Thursday that will prevent Republicans from offering their own bill to make all of the Bush tax cuts permanent for all Americans, including the highest earners, when the full chamber considers the middle-class cuts later in the day. The House voted 213 to 203 to vote only on the middle-class tax proposal, with 32 Democrats voting with the Republicans to keep the process open.

John BoehnerEarlier, Rep. David Drier (R-Calif.), who offered the Republican alternative, called the Democrats' plans to vote only on their bill "a joke."

"I think it's very evident that this House could, with a majority vote, ensure that we don't increase taxes on any Americans during these very troubling, difficult economic times," Drier said. "The fact of the matter is that any member of this House that votes in favor of the measure before us is voting for a tax increase. They are voting in favor of increasing taxes on American businesses and investors."

But the Democrat leading the House debate, Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), argued that there is no reason the House should wait to cut taxes for middle class while they hammer out an agreement on how to handle taxes on wealthier Americans.

"Lowering the tax burden for working families should not be any kind of a partisan fight," she said. "After the last administration and the previous Congress spent billions on two foreign wars and bailing out the big banks that ran roughshod over our economy, isn't it only fair that we do more to help those that are struggling to find work and make ends meet?"

The House is expected to vote to extend the middle-class tax cuts late Thursday, but the bill will face immediate opposition in the Senate, where Republicans remain unanimous that all of the Bush cuts be extended, at least temporarily.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted House and Senate Democrats Thursday as they readied their middle-class proposal. "Right now, House Democrats are getting ready to send us a bill on taxes they know won't pass in the Senate. This is a purely political exercise," McConnell said. "Ask any business owner in America what we could do to help them create jobs and they'll tell you it's to give them certainty about their taxes. . . Wasting time on votes to raise taxes won't create jobs."

Joshua Lederman provided additional reporting for Politics Daily.
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Its shamful that all the tax cuts aren't removed. Tax cuts don't create jobs. Harold

December 12 2010 at 8:42 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

this is just great,as if 10 years of a ridiculous tax cut is not enough let us add even more to the fed debt.within five years fed debt will equal 100% of gdp. the tax rate for everyone should return to pre bush levels.anyone who thinks this country will continue or return to pre bush economy is deluded.just 12years ago fed debtwas 35% of gdp.the eight years of the bush adminastration saw the largest fiscal erosion in american history. statistics are from richard haass and roger altman

December 06 2010 at 6:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

There is a lot of resentment here over working families who have a combined income of over 250K. That speaks volumes about their character.

December 05 2010 at 8:12 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

John Boehner is completely right

December 05 2010 at 8:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

How can we get the people in office now. Out.We need them to work together and if they can not they need removed from office.How much more can they put on the American public befor we break.

December 05 2010 at 12:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to drifter16297's comment

working together does not mean caving in to the liberals. They have obviously already failed as the 9.8% unemployment shows

December 05 2010 at 11:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The tax issue is ridiculous at best. Certainly you do not raise taxes on anyone in the current economic crises. The tax cuts should be made permanent immediately to help both middle class and high wage earners. Then the tax structure should be restructured, when the economy rebounds, to that of the late fifties early sixties. Maybe not to a top level of 91% but lets face it, the trickle down theory didn't work because of greed. Given an opportunity to save money via taxes or laying people off in a corporation, persons with an amount of wealth able to negate the worry of everyday household bills and living, the decision is almost never made to re-spend the money in investment or in rehiring. The excess profit looks just too good in the savings accounts or on the EBIT line. This is not to say that government should take all they can in taxes. Government can be just as effective if all the waste, overtime, and unneccessary spending is ended. This does not include the extension of unemployment benefits for the massive unemployment in this country due to the clueless government oversight of the real estate, and mortgage industry, and the governments decades old enabling of the exporting of American jobs offshore. Most good corporations have adopted control methodology to optimize (not maximize) profits while conducting business in a way that will ensure longevity without flirting with self-destruction. Government needs to get back to the job of providing what the majority of the public truly needs from government, not what the minority of the public thinks are needs, but are really wants. There should be an elimination of the process of earmarks, period. A percentage of the GNP should be used to determine what the country can afford each year for states projects, pro-rated by each states population. Not one penny more. Elected and non elected government officials need to actually be the savvy, high thought process managers they project themselves to be to the public. The results generated by most of these folks, on both sides of the party isle, would get you put on the street in any decent corporation today.

December 04 2010 at 8:38 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Chicken "crap"? I guess we know how Boehner's mind works. I'm surprised he didn't shed a crockidile tear!

December 03 2010 at 10:50 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to stvgearhart4's comment

But Bill Clintons crocodile tears were just fine with you right?

December 05 2010 at 8:07 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

The reason Reagan's tax cuts worked and Bush's didn't is because along with the cuts, Reagan specified what taxpayers would get the cuts for ie. investing in OUR infrastructure, NOT shipping American jobs overseas as Bush did.

December 03 2010 at 5:47 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply
Vinnie the Great

If the Republicans have thier way, millionairs and billionairs will get more money, and we'll owe the Chinese another 700 billion dollars. Maybe it's time to start learning Chinese!

December 03 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Vinnie the Great's comment

If you think making 250K makes you a billionaire, then that may explain why you cannot spell it.

December 05 2010 at 8:08 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Why does Sen. John Boehner refuse to let the middle class have an unemployment benefit extension? He is worried about the deficit? Isn’t it a bit late now? Where was he when Pres. Bush and his fellows were mounting the debt? Now that the people are the ones who need the money he holds it back. He stands behind the podium and spews words of concern for the deficit. Well, I’m sorry Mr. Senator, but some of us need food for ourselves and our children. Some of us need to keep our roof over our head. You say you will consider it if the people that make $250,000 or more per year are included? What is wrong with you sir? Those people have options that lower income people don’t have ($25,000- $100,000). They can sell something. They can go into their savings sir. With an approx. weekly paycheck of $4800 it’s hard for me to muster sympathy for them.

December 03 2010 at 1:37 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Carmen's comment

Pelosi in charge has mounted 5 trillion in debt, dont try to blame Bush.

December 05 2010 at 8:13 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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