Jobs plan gets some support from House Republicans

Speaker of the House John Boehner. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Sounding cooperative but drawing a firm line on tax increases, House Republican leaders said on Friday they see some areas of possible agreement with President Barack Obama on his jobs plan.

Extending a tax break for businesses that allows them to write off the value of new equipment purchases is one area of common ground, the leaders said in an open letter to House Republicans.

But the president’s proposed 28 percent cap on itemized deductions, affecting mostly wealthy taxpayers, is “a tax increase on charitable contributions, mortgage interest deductions, and municipal bonds for states,” the memo said.

Republicans also rejected many of the spending proposals in Obama’s plan, including more money for state and local governments to help retain teachers, police and firefighters.

They also said they opposed new money Obama seeks for school construction, saying it should be left to the states.

“We don’t question the president’s sincerity when he says he has crafted the right prescription for economic recovery,” said the letter from House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, Republican leader Eric Cantor, Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chairman Jeb Hensarling.

“We don’t agree with portions of President Obama’s proposal … We are, however, committed to passing legislation to implement the policies in the areas where agreement can be found to support job creation and long-term economic growth.”

Obama wants to extend a payroll tax cut for workers for another year and expand it to employers. The Republican leaders voiced concerns about the temporary nature of the tax breaks and about the proposed tax increases Obama wants to offset the costs of his $447 billion job-creation plan.

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One Response to "Jobs plan gets some support from House Republicans"

  1. Carl Nemo **==  September 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    “…House Republican leaders said on Friday they see some areas of possible agreement with President Barack Obama on his jobs plan.” …extract from article

    Of course they do and that’s why Obama’s cockamamie second stimulus to fail bill will pass. Why so? They smell the tasty ‘pulled pork sandwiches’ courtesy of the U.S. Treasury deli the same as everhungry Dems.

    What’s amazing is that the greater majority of Congressmen and women are multi-millionaires. Seemingly they never have enough money or power. Why would a millionaire want to be a politician unless they were using the position to feather their own nest whether its their stock portfolios, business connections etc.?

    We’re doomed with this gaggle of crimpols feverishly cratering this nation with their endless, lame schemes to help “We the People”. They’d help us far better by resigning en masse, turn out the lights, then exit D.C.

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    According to data from the Center for Responsive Politics, 319 of the 535 members of Congress are
    millionaires. That’s 60%!

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    I’m sure these ‘elected ones’ feel our pain…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

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