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. sacto joe

    Hi, Nancy. Great job! Keep the Bush administration's feet to the fire! You all wanted more of a stimulus the first time, and Bush and the Repubs refused to go along.

    Bush, the Repubs and the bankers (Fed) created this mess in 2001 when they gave a HUGE tax break to the wealthy, then dropped interest rates to the lowest point IN HISTORY instead of doing the stimulus spending then!


    April 4, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. RK in New Jersey

    Did she really mean................"compels the president"

    April 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Tanya K

    Maybe Bush will do something worth while for this Country and its citizens before he finally leaves office.

    April 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |

    Idiot democrats, considering everything going on, the market is showing incredible resilience. Leave things alone and everything will work itself out. Welfare state minded democrates want to give a handout to everyone. If you cannot afford a home, don't buy one! If you cannot afford things in general, don't buy them on your $1000. dollar limit visa. We are not all equal. News flash, some actually are more successful than others. 30/70 principle: 30% of the population supporting the other 70% who are little more than parasites. And yes, these are the coveted democratic constituency. I'm sure Pelosi lives a lifestyle in tune with those she claims to represent.

    April 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. Kenneth M.

    It is not nice or needed to trash Hillary. That is not honest discord. What is the problem with Hillary. It is not her personality, it is her policies. Why drag her threw the mud?

    April 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Matthew

    HAHA! The first round of checks haven't even been sent and Pelosi wants to second some more! I for one will spend my economic stimulus rebate check(s) vacationing out of the country!

    April 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. Steve

    2009 is going to be far worse for Americans than 2008. The American people are soon going to learn that in order for the rest of the world to live at a higher standard of living, the American standard of living must decline. We've enjoyed so much for so long we've taken it for granted. Now, as those in poverty across the globe pull themselves up, there is less for us. That America would have less was inevitable. Sad, but inevitable nonetheless. We are entering an new, and what should not have been unforseen, era in American and World history.

    April 4, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  8. RK in New Jersey

    I won't be getting any stimulus money. I work too hard to need any help. Maybe I should quit working so I can use all the free money congress and NJ governer wants to give out.

    April 4, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Tex

    Is CNN able to get the letter to Speaker Pelossi from the twenty Clinton "fat cats" and release their names, the amount of their contributions to Hillary andthe content of the letter?

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. True Independent, MD

    I certainly won't say no to getting some of my money back. After all, the Republicans have made themselves rich – 5 generations over, from the war in Iraq.

    April 4, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. d

    And we haven't even gotten the first "stimulus". Until our Politicians realize that this country has been SHOVED down the ROAD by those globalists who keep on wanting these trade pacts. we will only see more hurt, more poverty, more unemployment, more of the same in this country. I just read an article about what these trade pacts have actually cost this country (by buchanan) Very enlightening. I blame each and every President, Politician, Congressman, Senator, Governor who is pushing this globalist crap onto this country. It will be the death of America in no uncertain terms. I suggest you all read this article. Our Politicians are selling this country out left and right.

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. ann


    No one wants to hear you.......ever since you showed how you favor Senator Obama you lost all respect.

    You were supposed to be neutral and instead you acted like an Obamanite!

    Your actions in handling the Super Delegate situation has showed us why nothing gets done in Congress.........it's because of you lack luster leadership skills.

    April 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. ClintonsickWomanCanwaidseeherdropfromtheRace

    This is the kind of womam I like. Hillary is the worst person in this planet. We do not want a woman like hillary represent us she is a digrace to woman also to the world for that matter. Some one kick this woman to the curve. I love Nancy Pelosi we need more woman like her in the white house. Hopefuly a woman president in 2016 after Obama's second term.

    April 4, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Chris

    We wouldn't need the money if the GOP favorite President hadn't started a war in IRAQ!!! So for all you GOP folks on here blaming the Democrats for your woes, go look in the mirror!!!

    Because I do remember when most of the Democrats were under the strong foot of the GOP and calling for a troop drawn down, they were all labeled unpatriotic.

    So please don't go blaming anyone but yourself for the mess we are in now!!!

    You were duped by the GOP in 2k and 04 and if you don't wise up in this election you idiots could be duped again with McCain!!!

    April 4, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Insider from Sacramento

    I do not think that another of her not-well- tought out ideas will help. Please Pelosi, stop making silly suggestions.

    April 4, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. Paul

    Thanks to Nancy and Harry's leadership the economy is in the tank. After just two years with these two in control this country is in the worst shape ever. Their solution to every problem is to throw money at it and put more illegal immigrants on social service hand outs rolls.
    In two more years of these two's leadership where will we be?

    April 4, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. nancy

    The first stimulus package was a joke and if another is offered it probably will be too. These itty bitty refunds offered to hard working Amercans will make little difference is right. Change the whole tax system I for one am being eaten alive with taxes and cannot afford anything its tought scrambling to buy groceries and pay my mthly bills.

    April 4, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. AJ

    Madam do-nothing certainly does like to grab headlines doesnt she? She has been a dismal speaker, leading the new Democratic majority into low approval ratings and a history of getting nothing done. Is she angling for the VP spot?

    April 4, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. After further review,Texas

    Think the wheels are falling off the wagon?

    April 4, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Zoinks

    Ok, this needs to stop. stop stop stop. stop giving our money to the losers who over bet on the housing market!! STOP IT! Congress is going to end up turning me into a republican – gah!

    April 4, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. Justin

    Brad....WHATEVER DUDE!..........You comment comes across as if all the American's suffering put more on their plate than they can handle and that's false! I know many people who've tried to do the right thing by saving just to come out on the low end of the totem pole. Apparently you must be doing finanically well, but many can't say that. The Bush Administration created this fiasco of a mess we call an economy so he should do more before he jets from office leaving a bigger mess for the next administration.

    April 4, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Larry Buchas

    The best stimulus package to promote is this:


    April 4, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. rob

    and I thought the first plan was the stupidest idea I has ever heard?

    April 4, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Dante Young

    The American people should act by not only impeach but expelling him.
    He is responsable for the killing of American soldiers
    fighting a wrong war.
    He is the cause for the good American people losing their jobs.
    I don't think the Nation can go one more year under his
    He has been damaged American respet in the whole world.
    Wake up Americans your enemy is in the White House

    April 4, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Tim

    The only stimulus that we need is Barack Obama.

    April 4, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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