House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today joined Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in challenging Democratic leaders to demonstrate that President Obama's plan for a small business tax hike has the support of their own party by holding an immediate vote on it in the Democratic-controlled Senate:
"I agree with Senator McConnell: if Democrats support the president's small business tax hike, then they should allow it to come to an immediate vote in the Senate. After yet another dismal jobs report, the American people need to know whether Senate Democrats agree with the president's plan to raise taxes on small business job creators -- or if he is simply campaigning on another plan that, like his budget, doesn't even have the support of his party.
"Democrats in the House will have the opportunity to offer the president's proposal and receive a vote on it as well. They'll have that opportunity as the House moves later this month to boost economic growth and create jobs by stopping all of the coming tax hikes and laying the groundwork for a fairer, simpler tax code that lowers rates and closes special-interest loopholes.
"In the meantime, the American people deserve to see where the Democratic-controlled Senate stands on the president's plan to raise taxes on small businesses. Having this information will facilitate the debate later this month in the House when our chamber takes up our bipartisan plan to stop all of the tax hikes."