At his weekly press conference this morning, House Republican Leader John Boehner called on Speaker Pelosi to commit to an open-rule debate and and up-or-down vote on a Republican plan to sustain current tax rates instead of allowing them to increase for higher-earners.
Boehner noted a letter from some 31 House Democrats urging the extension of current tax rates, as well as signals from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) that he is willing to cross party lines to reach a compromise.
“On the issue of job-killing tax hikes, the American people are not going to accept anything less than the vote they deserve. The Speaker should pledge to the American people – when she stands before the cameras later today – that she’ll allow an honest up-or-down vote before Congress adjourns this fall on legislation to stop all of the coming tax hikes. Anything less is unacceptable. If the Speaker allows an up-or-down vote, we’re confident our plan to stop all the tax hikes will pass.”