On CNBC, Boehner Highlights Upcoming House Vote to Stop Small Business Tax Hikes

John Boehner

Appearing on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), a former small business owner, talked about the House’s continued focus on jobs and the importance of easing the uncertainty that is hurting our economy.  Pointing back to his experience in the private sector, Boehner said small businesses need to be able to plan, which is why the House will vote next month to stop the tax hike on job creators that is scheduled for January 1, 2013.  Following are excerpts from Boehner’s interview: 

Boehner: President’s Policies Have Failed; House Will Continue to Do Its Job Focus on Jobs

“You know, the president’s policies have failed.  As a matter of fact, his policies have made things worse.  Instead of working with Republicans to fix our problems, you know, he’s been out campaigning every day.  But the House has already passed 30 bills; today, it’ll be 31 bills.  Over in the United States Senate, they’re sitting there.   Maybe the president can call Harry Reid and say, `Hey, why don’t you start looking at some of these bills.’ …  But the House is going to do its job. I can’t control what the Senate does or can’t control what the White House does.  I would hope that they would understand that if they’re serious about economic growth and putting the American people back to work, extending all of the current tax rates would be the first big step in the right direction.”

Boehner: House Will Vote Next Month to Stop Tax Hikes on Small Business Job Creators, Outline Pro-Growth Tax Reform

“Next month, we will move a bill to extend all of the current tax rates for a year.  And we will also work to outline our principles for reforming the tax code. The reason this isn’t permanent is that–and only for a year–is that we really do want to fix our tax code, both the corporate code and the personal code, bring down tax rates, get rid of all the excess deductions and credits and all the carve-outs and nonsense that we have in the code today … Because we believe it’s the only way we’re going to achieve real economic growth is we’ve got to fix our tax plan.”

Boehner Notes Bipartisan Support for Stopping Small Business Tax Hikes

“There’s a chorus of Democrats now agreeing that we need to extend all of these current tax rates because of the economic uncertainty.  Now, listen, I used to be a small employer.  And when there was this much uncertainty out there, I sat on my hands.  I put the cash in the bank.  If we’re truly serious about helping small businesses and helping investors create more jobs in our economy, we need to take the uncertainty away…” 

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