House’s Boehner Says He Would Vote for Middle-Class Tax Cuts

Publication: Bloomberg Businessweek

Author: Kim Chipman

09/13/2010 - U.S. House Republican Leader John Boehner said he would vote for middle-class tax cuts sought by the Democratic Obama administration even if it means eliminating reductions for wealthier Americans.

Boehner would support extending tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year “if that’s what we can get done, but I think that’s bad policy,” he said yesterday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. “If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I’ll vote for it.”


Obama’s plan would cost the federal government $2.2 trillion in revenue over the next decade, according to the Pew Economic Policy Group. The Republican proposal to keep the tax cuts for wealthy Americans would cost an additional $1.1 trillion, Pew said. Republicans say the tax cuts should be retained without reducing spending or raising taxes elsewhere.

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