WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner continues to feel heat from conservative groups angry over his concessions to the White House on tax policy and the debt ceiling to avoid plunging over the fiscal cliff.
In a meeting with President Obama on Sunday, Boehner offered a proposal to raise the tax rate on income earners making over $1 million. He also reportedly offered to table discussing the debt ceiling for one year in order to reach an agreement.
The plan would increase the top tax rate to 39.6 percent up from 35 percent currently, according to reports. In addition, the plan includes $1 trillion in tax increases.
Heritage Action, Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Limited Government and Club for Growth are among the groups criticizing Boehner’s conciliatory policy proposals.
“Speaker Boehner’s insistence on negotiating against himself on raising taxes has effectively removed him as a credible voice for sound policy solutions to meet the challenges our nation faces,” Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government, told WND.
Today Boehner gave a brief press conference, which lasted under a minute and took no questions from reporters. While he offered comfort to conservatives that the House would stay strong on not hiking taxes, his remarks seemed doubting that the Senate would.
“Tomorrow, the House will pass legislation to make permanent tax relief for nearly every American,” Boehner continued, “Ninety-nine-point-81 percent of the American people. Then the president will have a decision to make. He can call on Senate Democrats to pass the bill, or he can be responsible for the largest tax increase in American history.”
Heritage Action, the sister organization of the Heritage Foundation, put out a statement condemning Boehner’s remarks.
“The plan is nothing short of surrender: a capitulation on taxes for vague reforms that will fail to make a dent in our nation’s fiscal woes,” Russ Vought, Heritage political director, wrote.
Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity, criticized the joint effort between Obama and Boehner to raise taxes on the American people without taking substantive cuts from government spending.
It’s deeply disappointing to see Speaker Boehner and President Obama working together to raise taxes on Americans while still not offering any substantive cuts to wasteful government spending,” Phillips said.
Conservative organization Club For Growth sent out statements condemning Boehner’s proposal.
“First Speaker Boehner offered to raise tax rates after promising not to, and now he’s offering to raise the debt ceiling,” Chris Chocola, Club for Growth president, said.
“Raising tax rates is anti-growth, and raising the debt ceiling is pro-government growth – and this is the Republican position?” Chocola asked.
Boehner’s proposal is seen as likely to avert hitting the so-called fiscal cliff on January 1. However, many believe he will see backlash among conservative House members.
Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist has been at the forefront of this debate and has been the leading voice in the movement for Congress to not implement any new taxes on Americans.
Norquist has encourage Congress and the White House to air their negotiations on CSPAN so the American people can watch what is actually going on rather than being left in the dark as they were with the last budget negotiations.
Norquist told Reason TV that he can’t be certain that Boehner has already conceded what the White House claims because the negotiations remain closed to the public.
According to a list assembled by Breitbart, the following also are raising objections: Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Ken Blackwell of Conservative Action Project, ForAmerica’s Brent Bozell, Let Freedom Ring’s Colin Hanna, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council, David Bossie of Citizens United, Gary Bauer of American Values, Jim Backlin of Christian Coalition of America, Richard Viguerie of ConservativeHQ.com, Al Regnery of the Paul Revere Project, and Club for Growth’s Andy Roth.
Their letter said House members should vote “no” on Boehner’s plan.
“When the American people voted to return the Republican majority in the House last month we sent you to cut spending. Instead, you are now voting on the Pelosi plan to increase taxes next year.”