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John Boehner: Wisconsin has taken ‘bold action’ (video)

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday morning that the GOP victory in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election proves that when lawmakers listen to their constituents voters will stand by them. Watch the video below (or here):

After their weekly meeting with rank-and-file members, Republican congressional leaders also called for at least a one-year extension of the George W. Bush tax cuts, noting that this week President Bill Clinton appeared to endorse extending the cuts.

“It’s really important that we provide some certainty to job creators in our country, and extending all of the current tax rates for at least a year is really important if we’re going to help job creators gain a little more confidence and put Americans back to work,” Boehner told reporters. “Even Bill Clinton came out for it – before he was against it.”

In a CNBC interview Tuesday, Clinton said he had “no problem” with extending all of the current tax cuts set to expire at least on a temporary basis to avoid a “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year. A Clinton spokesman later said that the former president doesn’t believe that tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans should be extended after they expire.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.

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