Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) dismissed an ultimately successful attempt by House Democrats to extend middle-class tax cuts as “chicken crap” and “nonsense.”
“I’m trying to catch my breath so I don’t refer to this maneuver going on today as chicken crap, all right? But this is nonsense, all right?” Boehner told reporters at the Capitol.
“The election was one month ago. There are 23 months from the next election and the political games have already started to try to set up the next election,” he said.
The measure, which extends Bush-era tax cuts for the bottom 98 percent of Americans, passed the House comfortably Thursday afternoon by a margin of 234-188, with 20 Democrats opposed and 3 Republicans voting yes.
Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) claimed his GOP opponents were protecting the rich at the expense of the middle class.