April 4th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
10 years ago

Pelosi pushes Bush for second stimulus bill

 Pelosi is sticking to her superdelegate argument.

Pelosi is sticking to her superdelegate argument.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In wake of the new jobs report, Speaker Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders are calling on President Bush to work with Congress on another economic stimulus package.

"Today’s disturbing unemployment numbers, combined with Chairman Bernanke’s recession warning, and threats to our standard living because of the rising costs of gas, groceries and health care compels the President to work with Congress on a second stimulus package to get our economy back on track, create jobs, and speed assistance to families struggling to make ends meet,” Pelosi said in a written statement.

Pelosi added, “When congressional leaders meet with the President next week, I will urge him to refocus his attention on America’s economy and to again work in a bipartisan manner on a new stimulus package. We need to work together to restore consumer and market confidence, to assist millions of Americans threatened with the loss of their homes, and to help families meet the rising costs of necessities

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel, D-Illinois, said, “We need an economic program that rebuilds America and offers real help to the middle class. The Democratic Congress will now begin work on a second stimulus package to help American families and get our economy back on track.”

A Democratic leadership aide says House leaders have been discussing the need for another stimulus, but have not reached any decisions on what they want included in it. Some measures likely to be considered include funding for infrastructure projects, unemployment assistance, and food stamps.

A House GOP leadership aide said it’s too early to talk about another stimulus bill. “It's still a couple of weeks until the checks from the last stimulus bill hit people's mailboxes. If they [the Democrats] have ideas on things to help the economy we're happy to talk to them, but we see no need for additional legislation at this point.”

Congressional sources note that bipartisan Congressional leaders are already scheduled to meet with President Bush on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. Earlier this week, Speaker Pelosi called on the President to schedule a high-level meeting on the economy soon.

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. thomasr@yahoo.com

    Hillary, look, someone in Congress doing something about the economy NOW. Take a lesson about real leadership. As much as I dislike Nancy Pelosi, at least she recognizes waiting until February to deal with the economy isn't a particularly bright move.

    April 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  2. NickNas

    AHHH words from a Qualified Woman who actually DOES something besides lie and cheat and Steal. Take note Hillabots THIS is how a women with power acts. NOT like some desperate nagging Idiot.

    April 4, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  3. Franky

    What the??? Another one??? I mean, I don't mind because I'll have another reason to visit my family but come on now, think now. Even I would not pull for this one.......sorry Dems but not this one...

    This I will protect President Bush from......

    April 4, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Rebekah Sacramento

    Wow. I am so glad Ms. Pelosi wants to give me back my money! How about you lower my taxes in the first place and just let me keep what you have deigned to give back to me....

    April 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    The first economic stimulus package hasn't even been released!!

    How can she possibly look into her all knowing crystal ball to define what type of stimulus is required next?

    How long does this congress think they can keep printing money to blockade natural economic cycles?

    I do hope the NEW stimulus isn't a peanut butter spread approach like the last one. How about training funds for workers laid off or displaced?

    The few of us left who have jobs will be paying so much in taxes we'll be forced to sell our stakes and move to Mexico–where the taxes are low and the cost of living is better. And they've got lots of jobs in American and European companies there.

    April 4, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Don't Trust Obama

    yea then spend another $42 million dollars to send a letter to would be recipients that the check is on its way.

    April 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. H


    April 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. katydid3316

    More of our money poured back to us is not going to help, as long as we have a deficit and are indebted to China. I don't have the answer, but more money in my pocket isn't going to solve any problems.

    Eugene, OR

    April 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Cosmo

    Nancy, Bush, Congress, PLEASE STOP SPENDING OUR MONEY! The worst thing in the world right now is you people helping us. Please, I'm begging you, stop!

    April 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. GG, Dallas, TX

    For once, I agree with what the big mouth has to say.

    April 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. KTX

    That a girl...I hear the Chinese would love to loan us some more money! I recommend all American's brush up on their Chinese! We have adopted thousands of their girls they leave to die, so their just going to reposess us when we can't pay our bills and their boys have no one to marry. Eccononic's 101, if you don't have it, don't charge it, and most especially not to the Chinese!

    Hill n Bill '08 WE "KNOW" THEY CAN!
    The best resume for the job in our Country!

    April 4, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Corey, Maryland

    Works for me as long as i get more money in my pocket!!!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!

    April 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. hale

    how about one that actually does something to stimulate the economy this time instead of just encouraging americans to over spend which is what caused this problem in the first place?

    April 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  14. Keith, GA

    HUH? Has anyone read an economics book on capital hill in the last few decades? We are near total employment at the moment. Let's start crying wolf when unemployment is at 10-15%. There will always be a segment of the population that will not work or refuses to work. Heck I think we all have one of those people in each of our families.

    April 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  15. April in Texas

    The checks we will get in May wont fix anything as its already known many will just pay off debts that occured because of the economy. With more people losing jobs every day and the lack of getting another job before they are sent into the dreaded tailspin another stimulus package is needed but there is no known fact that another would help as they need to fix the bigger issues of more jobs for americans.

    Cost of living keeps increasing and pay stays the same or decreases. No wonder we are strugling. 30k a year is nothing when the cost of living rises. I would love to see those who earn 100k to live for a month or so on the mere 30k we do as a family of 4 who cant get government help because we make to much. I say that is just wrong. We will keep making the rich richer and the poor poorer if we dont change the larger problem.

    Obama 08

    April 4, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  16. Shannon Shiflett

    don't trust any establishment or institution, such as media, political parties, government, churches, etc.

    impeach & convict the bush administration.

    vote 3rd party, nader or gravel, because they are advocates for the american people.

    both the democrats and the republicans are corrupt and are fooling all of you. they are both to blame for the suffering and the satanic foreign and domestic policies.

    April 4, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. Chuck in Oregon

    I agree we do not need another stimulus package. What we need is a government that is doing their job with the best interest of the American people in the forefront of their minds. How about dealing with price of gas, lack of jobs that pay a decent living wage and maybe even if you get these two thing right this economy will turn around.

    April 4, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    This Congress tried something with the president before. I hope now they have the courage to have a new package that puts increaced food stamps, unemployment benefits and other items that are geared towards those that are on the lower end of the economic spectrum.

    A project like what Roosvelt did in the 1930's to get the country out of the Great Depression isn't needed, but I would advocate something to help small businesses. I have been in favor of the idea that all businesses report income (and taxes) on business forms so that there is no worry that anything that affect personal taxes doesn't hit them there.

    April 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Mike

    More socialist-based redistribution of wealth.

    When does this crap end?

    April 4, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Justin from West Haven, CT

    Yes, please give me more free money so the national debt goes up.

    April 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is right. This Bush administration created this mess and will be leaving it behind for the next administration to cleanup. While Bush was screwing up internationally, he forgot about the American people he pledged to serve. Yes, Bush has more to do for the American people while jobs are continuing to be lost. He looks like a fool traveling all over the world while we are in a downward slump.

    April 4, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. Brad

    Nancy, you can't give away what you don't have!!! Please stop immediately!! Anyone that has been through 5th grade math knows that you shouldn't be doing this. If people can't afford their lives, a one-time payment of a few hundred bucks isn't going to get them out of the red, it only gets the country further into debt. You can't cure a drug addict by giving them more drugs, why give everyone more money when over-spending is already their problem?

    April 4, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. Joe in Southern California

    What Would Obama Do to fix the economy–probably ask Hillary

    April 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. FEDUP

    You want to do us all a favor? Impeach Bush and his administration. The government can not save us from ourselves. We want a responsible government, why can't we be responsible people who manage our money wisely?

    April 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. lily

    Nancy Pelosi is all talks. She likes to blame everybody for everything.
    The biggest loser in the democratic party. It is time for her to shut up and pack her bags home. Get somebody else for her place please!!!!!

    April 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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