President Barack Obama would pay for his $447 billion jobs plan by ending a series of tax breaks for oil and gas companies, hedge-fund managers and people making more than $200,000, the White House said Monday.
In total, Mr. Obama’s plan would end about $467 billion of tax breaks over 10 years, said White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew. The president has previously proposed ending the tax breaks, but has faced stiff resistance from Republicans.
By choosing to end the tax breaks, the White House is likely setting itself up for a fight with Republicans. Over the summer, Republicans said they wouldn’t end tax breaks amid concerns doing so as the U.S. is coming out of a recession would hamper the recovery.
“It would be fair to say this tax increase on job creators is the kind of proposal both parties have opposed in the past,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio). He continued, “We remain eager to work together on ways to support job growth, but this proposal doesn’t appear to have been offered in that bipartisan spirit.”