House Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, was piled on this weekend following his response to whether or not he would vote to extend the Bush middle-class tax cuts, if that was the only tax relief available to extend, and the Bush higher income tax cuts were not allowed the same extension.
In an interview on Sunday with Bob Shieffer on CBS’s Face the Nation, Mr Boehner said:
“We don’t know what the bill’s going to say, alright? If the only option I have is to vote for those at 250 and below, of course I’m going to do that. But I’m going to do everything I can to fight to make sure that we extend the current tax rates for all Americans.”
Despite press reports that House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana is distancing himself from Leader Boehner, Mr. Pence told me on Sunday afternoon at the FreedomWorks 9/12 rally, “House Republicans are completely focused on November 2nd and to winning a conservative majority on Capitol Hill, and I believe we will. I believe John Boehner will be a great Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
Mr. Pence further explained where he saw Republicans on this tax relief fight, saying:
“The American people are hurting in this economy and struggling. The last thing we should do is let taxes go up on any American in the city or on the farm, and House Republicans are going to fight to preserve all the current tax relief, and I thought the leader’s comments earlier in the week, where we made a good faith offer to agree to a two year extension in exchange for reducing spending to 2008 levels…it’s the right place for us to be.”
“The economic policies of this administration have failed, and everybody outside the rose garden in this country knows that, and its time for us to take decisive action to preserve current tax relief and provide the kind of spending discipline and restore confidence to our capital markets.We got to take a different approach. More borrowing, more spending, and more stimulus is not the answer, and the American people know it,” Mr. Pence said.