Boehner to Pelosi: Let's Vote on Tax Cuts Now

Thursday, 16 Sep 2010 03:07 PM

By Dan Weil

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Congress needs to vote on extending the Bush tax cuts — up or down — and it needs to do so now, says House Minority Leader John Boehner.

At a news conference today, the Ohio Republican said he has told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow an up-or-down vote on stopping all of the coming tax hikes.

“Anything less than that is unacceptable,” Boehner said. “If the speaker allows an up or down vote, I’m confident the American people won’t see an increase in their taxes.”

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The tax cuts President George W. Bush engineered in 2001 and 2003 will expire Dec. 31 if Congress takes no action. Obama has proposed extending the tax cuts only for people with annual incomes of less than $200,000, while Republicans want to continue them for everyone.

“A growing chorus of Democrats,” including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., “agrees with Republicans that raising taxes on anyone is the wrong thing to do in a struggling economy,” Boehner said.

President Obama’s economic policies have failed, ignoring the need to cut spending and taxes, Boehner says. “I don’t think the president and his economic team get it,” he said.

“The economy is struggling to create jobs, and all of the spending is one of the reasons why. Excessive government spending and uncertainties facing small business are crippling job creation in our country, yet the White House keeps piling it on in both departments.”

Even though the Obama administration’s economic policies have they continue to offer the same kind of stimulus spending and more of the same job killing tax hikes that just haven’t worked.”

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