Rep. Tom Cole (R., Okla.) defended his position of allowing the Bush tax rates to expire for income above $250,000 in an interview with Fox News Wednesday.
“I’m against tax increases on anybody, period. End of debate,” Cole said. “It doesn’t take a positive action by Congress to raise taxes –these taxes are going up unless we do something to stop it. If I can stop them for 98 percent of the people and then continue to fight for the others, I will.”
Cole said this would make President Obama “paradoxically” the defender of the Bush tax rates–an accomplishment for Republicans.
The Oklahoma Congressman broke with House leadership Tuesday arguing for allowing the rates for high earners to expire.
“The first thing I’d do is make sure we don’t raise taxes on 98 percent of the American people,” Cole told the New York Times. “We’ll get some credit for that, and it’s the right thing to do.”
Speaker of the House John Boehner pushed back against the comments Wednesday.
“I told Tom earlier in our conference meeting that I disagreed with him,” Boehner said at a Wednesday morning press briefing.