Speaker Boehner Tells Laura Ingraham: “Tax Hikes Never Had a Place in This Discussion & Never Will” | Speaker.gov

On the Laura Ingraham Show this morning, Speaker Boehner addressed the ongoing debt limit discussions and noted that Republicans are fighting for real spending cuts that are larger than any debt limit increase and reforms that restrain future spending (like a Balanced Budget Amendment). Boehner said “tax hikes have never had a place in this discussion and never will” because they will destroy jobs.

Below are several key excerpts from the interview and here is the full audio:

Boehner: No Debt Limit Increase Without Real Spending Cuts & Reforms to Restrain Future Spending:

“I just think it’s time for us to get serious about our fiscal situation, both the deficit and our long-term debt. And I’ve made it clear all through this fight that we should not increase the debt limit without real spending cuts and reforms to restrain future spending – and no debt limit increase unless the cuts are larger than the hike. … The majority leader says that the Biden group has identified spending cuts around $2 trillion or more. So at this point we're going to look at those cuts as the starting point. But we need real reform, we need real cuts in spending, and we need real controls to make sure this doesn't happen again. And whether it’s spending caps, the Balanced Budget Amendment, we’ve got to have real reforms in place to make sure that once we clean up this mess it can’t happen again.”

Boehner: Tax Hikes Never Had a Place in This Discussion and Never Will:

“I’ve also made clear that tax hikes have never had a place in this discussion and never will. Tax hikes will destroy jobs and hurt economic growth. And if we don't have economic growth we'll never balance this budget. … Now listen, anyone who knows me and knows my record knows that I'm not going to agree to a tax hike. … I made it clear to the president there are no votes in the Congress to raise taxes. Let’s just forget it. He just won't go there. … [A]t some point [President Obama has] got to recognize that the economy is the number one issue on the minds of Americans, and if we can instill some confidence in job creators we will in fact help create a better environment for job creators.”

Boehner: We Need Economic Growth but the White House Is Insisting On Job-Crushing Tax Hikes:

“Here’s basically what happened: I've been pressing the president all year to go big and let's go do what we know has to be done. The White House said they’d be willing to look at reforms from all three major entitlement programs, but in order to keep his party from abandoning him he had to have more revenues. So I told the White House that, listen, tax increases were off the table. I said if more revenues were what they had to have than we ought to be looking at comprehensive tax reform instead. That’s because comprehensive tax reform means broadening the base and lowering the rates. And as Marco Rubio put it last week, we don't need more taxes, we need more taxpayers. And I think broadening the base and lowering the rates will generate economic growth – that means more revenue without tax hikes. Ultimately I think the White House decided it couldn’t go there, couldn’t agree to that vision of tax reform, and that’s when I finally decided on Saturday night to walk away from the ‘big deal.’”

Boehner: Let’s Forget About the Next Election & Do the Right Thing For the Country:

“The president is in re-election mode and as a result that's where a lot of this rhetoric comes from. I’ve told the president, and I’ve asked him, I said, Mr. President let’s forget about the next election. You forget about yours and I’ll forget about mine. And let’s get serious about doing the right thing for the country. We know what the right thing is. We've got 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every single day. This problem has gotten away from Washington. And the sooner we get our arms around it the better off the country will be. The best thing we can do is to have real spending cuts and have them enacted now so we can provide some confidence to job creators in America that we’re dealing with our short-term and long-term fiscal problems.”