Thursday, March 06, 2008

Pelosi Tax Hike

FROM MEG ECON, Campaign Manager for Tim Bee

CONTACTS: Michael Steel, Kevin Smith, Steve Forde – (202) 225-4000

Boehner: More Taxes and More Wasteful Spending;

Majority’s Budget Is More of the Same

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the Democratic Majority’s FY 2009 federal budget proposal:

“Middle-class families and small businesses are struggling with skyrocketing prices for gasoline, health care, and other costs of living, and the very last thing they need is a higher tax bill that puts an even greater squeeze on their finances. But by thrusting the largest tax hike in history upon every single American, that is exactly what the Majority’s budget would do. Worse yet, this epic tax increase would be levied by Democratic leaders solely to bankroll billions upon billions in reckless and wasteful Washington spending that we neither need nor can afford. That is an irresponsible approach, and House Republicans will work to defeat it.

“As disappointing as the Majority’s plans are to raise taxes on every single American in order to finance more pork-barrel spending, their refusal to confront the looming entitlement crisis is equally troubling. Medicare and Social Security are headed for bankruptcy. The programs’ trustees have warned us of exactly that, and government and media reports in recent weeks have done the same. However, the Democratic Majority is playing the role of the ostrich on the challenge of entitlement reform, choosing to stick its collective head in the sand instead of working with Republicans to finally address this priority so Social Security and Medicare are there for future generations of seniors.

“Full of gimmicks, tax hikes, wasteful spending increases, and lacking any reforms to entitlement programs or the taxpayer-funded earmark system, this Democratic budget is not even remotely fiscally responsible. As this measure moves through the legislative process, I welcome like-minded Democrats to join with Republicans to craft a blueprint that keeps our nation on track toward balancing the federal budget without raising taxes.”

NOTE: Today’s Budget Committee debate is being “live-blogged” on the Republican Leader’s website. The Leader’s blog will provide regular updates on its progress, including votes on key amendments, throughout the day. The up-to-the-minute budget coverage – dubbed “Budget Buzz” – will be available at

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