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.
I am so tired of seeing this face. This do-nothing in the Congress lady talked everywhere recently trying to divide and damage her own party. She has yet to explain why a joint ticket is impossible, which is the best chance to unit the party!
Can CNN please just report the story but not show her picture in the future???
Nancy, I do not know whether you are qualified to be speaker of our country. After all you are coming from the liberal world of San Francisco. You need to ask Barack to give back all the campaign money because he is taking in lot of public money which can create good stimulus in the economy. Barack, go away...
IF Pelosi and her man Obama have their way, everybody would be getting checks from the gov,and sitting around going DUH! While they ruin the country!!!
One was too many. I don't care to take a loan with China, thanks.
I am a HIllary supporter and I am all for strong and successful women but Pelosi? She's not really all there...its perplexing how she got to be the house speaker.
And are we going to borrow more money from China to pay for this? Enough is enough! Why don't you take away some of the federal tax on gasoline, that would help us right away and help everyone. No more debt!
Why doesn't Congress just reduce taxes for everybody instead of doing these stupid rebates? Just my two cents.
The government can't keep bailing everyone out every couple of months. People are not being responsible for themselves. Alot of people took out bigger mortgages than they should have so they could pay off cars, take vacations, etc. NOW they want the government to bail them out. NONSENSE. People have to show responsibility for their actions not whine and cry to the government. Everyone wants everything handed to them. I don't want my taxes raised to pay off another debt to China for another round of stimulus money so I can buy their products to help their economy.
Get rid of the subsidies to ethenol. That is the reason food prices are going higher and provides incentives for oil to stay at current levels. This is the better 2nd stimulus package.
Well speaker Pelosi (and the rest of Congress) this time make it a real economic stimulus package. Something that will really help the economy, as well as the under an un-employed.
Rather than running up the deficit by billions of dollars by sending checks that will either be A: Saved, B: used to pay down bills, or C: spent because of limited income, let’s bring back the WPA!
With all the roads and bridges that need repaired in this country, lets do two things at once. The under and un-employed could get real training that they could use in the future, they can get paid for doing something now, and our country can get the repairs it so desperately needs. That would be a real return on the investment.
Too darn late. I've already lost my home. I'll never vote for a Republican or an OBAMA.
Hey folks! Listen up. I figured out how to get your comments out of "moderation" Just use atrocious grammar and very bad spelling.
No more stimulus packages. The one thats coming won't help. Most people are so deep in or afraid the bottom will fall out that they will be paying bills or just saving for a worse day. Use the money for education where 1 in 4 students are graduating. Or fix our infrastructure and keep the bridges from falling down. Stimulus means more debt. If we create more debt let it be for something that will matter.
Get rid of these liberal Democrats. I am sick and tire dof my tax dollars going to help everyone and everything. Let the economy play itself out. I thought this was a capialist society.
It is very easy to re-buil America again, the company that is over sea's in other country should be ask why they left the USA in the first place to go to other country? Come to an agreement with them to return to this country and bring the job's back here.
Right now the IRS is not collecting any money from them anyway, while we are paying them to stay in these country, does that make sense? No I don't think so>>>>
Politician must learn to think and make the best deals for the benifit of the country and the people of AMERICA, Have a better idea? I watch C-SPAN every day all day, so speak for the people instead of your pocket and the LOBBIST'S..
Ozz, LA, CA....
The Clinton Crime Family will never allow a joint ticket with Hillary as VP. Doug R. you are a typical dummycrat. 4 dollars a gallon is not here yet and will be under the democratic congress.
Read Senator Obama MLK speach in Indiana today and look for Ozz coment. How to fix Social Security and Medicare.
Will someone read the comment and think very hard about this proposal?
Ozz, LA, CA....
Most everyone in Pensacola makes in the 20,000's. We qualify for a big whopping 300.00. What's the use in even giving one? I just spent that on car repairs and it's not even close to paying my rent for a mth. They put it out there in the media that most taxpayers were getting 600.00 but if you go to irs.com, the calculater gives another story. I guess the 600.00 is for folks who can actually pay their bills.
Speaker Pelosi should be seeking Impeachment of this moron of a pres.. That would not only "stimulate" the American population, but it may also show the rest of the world that we do not condone unconstitutional activities by our executive branch. Thus resulting in the rest of the World beginning to have faith in America again.
Julie...you are an idiot.
More bailouts for irresponsible borrowers and lenders ... that's exactly what we need. The biggest problem in this country is that the concept of accountability no longer exists. Kid failing in school? Must be the teachers fault. Can't pay your mortgage (because you fudged a bit on your stated income)? Must be the lenders fault. Got fired? Must the employers fault. Can't get a job? It's The Man's fault.
Why be accountable when you can elect "leaders" that will create welfare programs to perpetuate your pitiful existence.
At last Nancy is concentrating on her duties as Speaker of the House, rather than wasting her precious time on more mundane tasks .......
Terry in Fl –
Since when is the government responsible for paying your rent or your bills? So typical of a person relying on handouts ... never enough and you rarely get a thank you.
A second tax break will never happen. That will screw up Halliburtons botton line. George and Dick will be laughig all the way to a Swiss bank with our tax dollars in 09
80,ooo jobs the tip of the ICEBERG!
OOOPS the iceberg is in MELTDOWN!
To late , we are doomed, recession, depression, thanks to the greedy criminals called REPUBLICANS!!!