House Minority Leader John Boehner indicated yesterday that he would vote in favor of a tax bill that blocked extension of the so called “Bush tax cuts” for those making over $250,000 per year. Boehner was critical of that approach, but said that he would not block tax relief for all other taxpayers in order to ensure that the very top tier continued at the Bush rates. From the Washington Post:
“I want to do something for all Americans who pay taxes,” Boehner said in an interview taped Saturday for “Face the Nation” on CBS. “If the only option I have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, I’ll vote for it. … If that’s what we can get done, but I think that’s bad policy. I don’t think that’s going to help our economy.”
Boehner was clearly uncomfortable with being put into a position where Republicans would block tax relief for most Americans to protect that upper level. Boehner has been the focus of a concerted White House counter-attack on economic policy, and that attack has borne some fruit. The President will get his way on a tax bill, and the verbal tussle will continue between the White House and Boehner. The Twitter war has been ongoing for about a week. It will not abate for some time.
Read the Washington Post story here.