Rep. Pence Announces Opposition To Tax Cuts For Everybody

December 15, 2010 11:03 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Rep. Mike Pence

Here's Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) in September, explaining that his top priority is making sure nobody's taxes go up at the end of the year:

There's no question that there should be no higher priority for the Congress of the United States today than making sure that no American sees a tax increase in January of 2011, not one. I have to tell you, for all of the world, this seems like a moment where Congress is putting politics ahead of prosperity. What they're proposing here, even if they found some way to just extend middle class tax relief, would be an enormous tax increase in January on job creators in this country. Higher taxes won't get people hired. Raising taxes on job creators won't create jobs. The American people know that. Let me say one last thing. I think it would be unconscionable for this Congress to adjourn without giving the bipartisan majority in the Congress who want to extend all current tax relief an up or down vote.

And here's Pence yesterday, explaining why he will vote against President Obama's compromise to extend the Bush tax cuts for everybody:

"At the end of the day, I've just come to the conclusion: the American people did not vote for more stimulus," Pence said on conservative talker Sean Hannity's radio show. "Therefore, I will not vote for this tax deal when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives."

Like other conservatives, Pence opposes the extension of unemployment benefits included in the tax deal. Defending his position that tax cuts for the rich would help the jobless more than receiving unemployment benefits, Pence previously argued, "I think the minimum that we have to do right now for Americans that are struggling in unemployment in this economy is make sure that no American sees a tax increase."