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. NObama

    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???

    April 4, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  2. Daniel, WA

    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...

    April 4, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. julie

    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!!!

    April 4, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. North Carolina

    One was too many. I don't care to take a loan with China, thanks.

    April 4, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Char

    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.

    April 4, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. SUE, Michigan

    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!


    April 4, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. xtina

    Why doesn't Congress just reduce taxes for everybody instead of doing these stupid rebates? Just my two cents.

    April 4, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. mary

    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.

    April 4, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Mike in Houston

    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.

    April 4, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Bill

    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.

    April 4, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |

    Too darn late. I've already lost my home. I'll never vote for a Republican or an OBAMA.

    April 4, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  12. Sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Hey folks! Listen up. I figured out how to get your comments out of "moderation" Just use atrocious grammar and very bad spelling.

    April 4, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Nas from PA

    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.

    April 4, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. dmw

    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.

    April 4, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Ozz

    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....

    April 4, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Bill

    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.

    April 4, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. Ozz

    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....

    April 4, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Terry in Fl

    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.

    April 4, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  19. uncle Jimbo - Chicago

    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.

    April 4, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Veterans for Obama

    Julie...you are an idiot.

    April 4, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. RH

    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.

    April 4, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. SPQR753

    At last Nancy is concentrating on her duties as Speaker of the House, rather than wasting her precious time on more mundane tasks .......

    April 4, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. RH

    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.

    April 4, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  24. IAMWMD

    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

    April 4, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. HP Boston

    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!!!

    April 4, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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