Washington (CNN) -- GOP colleagues of House Minority Leader John Boehner are distancing themselves from the Ohio Republican's recent remarks that he would support President Barack Obama's proposal to renew the expiring Bush tax cuts only for those making less than $250,000 if it were his only option.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, announced Monday he will introduce legislation that would ensure that no one pays higher income taxes next year.
"We can't let the people who've been hit hardest by this recession
and who we need to create the jobs that will get us out of it foot the bill for the Democrats' two-year adventure in expanded government," McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Early Monday, the number two House Republican, Virginia Rep. Eric Cantor, released a statement emphasizing his focus on an across-the-board extension of all tax rates.
"I will do everything in my power to stop President Obama and Speaker Pelosi from raising taxes on working families, small business people, and investors," Cantor said.
A spokeswoman for House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Indiana, told CNN Monday that Pence "believes that there should be no tax increase on any job creator next year."
As soon as Boehner made his comments on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday morning, there was a flurry of calls among GOP House members, according to several Republican sources.