This week's Republican Conference message: Letting the Bush tax cuts expire will actually be tax increases across the board for the public.
Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) promised to hammer that point home in his meeting with President Obama today. The president should be meeting with congressional leadership now.
Taxes aside, the press wanted to know about Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and the war supplemental. The Rangel question gave Boehner a chance to play the "When-I-AM-Speaker" card and the supplemental question allowed both he and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) a chance to hit the White House for playing politics with war funding.
Boehner on Rangel:
"This isn't really about Charlie Rangel. This is a sad day when the the U.S. House of Representatives has to sit in trial of one of it's own members. And it's one of the biggest broken promises from speaker Pelosi and her team who promised to drain the swamp." ...
"The Ethics Committee is overwhelmed with the number of transgressions that are there. I can tell you that if, in fact, we're the majority and I'm fortunate enough to be speaker, the ethics committee is going to work. It's going to do it's job on behalf of the institution, on behalf of the members of the institution and most importantly, on behalf of the American people."
(The Ethics Committee IS holding a hearing Thursday on Rangel and has been working investigating other members.)
Cantor and Boehner said they will support the war supplemental and that the votes are there.
"We expect a very strong Republican vote in support of this supplemental," Cantor said. "This supplemental, as the leader said, we have indicated, communicated all along we are about putting the troops first. This bill has it some monies as the leader indicated for FEMA, it has monies in it for Haiti and our vets. We are going to support this bill and it's high time that the administration stop playing games."