January 8th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Pelosi says House vote on economic bill week after inauguration

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday House committees will begin action on the economic recovery package in the next couple of weeks, with a vote in the full House slated for the week after the inauguration. But if that schedule slips, Pelosi pledged to cancel the House's planned weeklong break in mid-February for the President's Day.

"We are not going home without an economic recovery package,” Pelosi told reporters.

Pelosi said Obama's plan "almost sight unseen" already has broad public support, citing a poll from Politico that says four in five Americans support the president-elect's plan.

A senior Pelosi aide said discussions about the details are ongoing between the Obama transition team and key leaders. The Ways and Means committee will focus on the tax piece, approximately $300 billion in tax cuts. Obama transition aides met this morning with Democrats on that committee to discuss various proposals, according to another Democratic aide.

The Appropriations Committee is tasked with drafting details on spending hundreds of billions of dollars on infrastructure projects, food stamps, and other aid to the states.

Sidestepping a question on possible roadblocks for the bill, Pelosi instead touted the new muscle of the expanded Democratic majority. "We have been so used to an uphill fight, but now we have arrived. We have a big strong, something like an eighty vote majority in the Congress, in the House, with a Democratic President in the White House."


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  1. Libs be dopes

    "Pelosi pledged to cancel the House's planned weeklong break in mid-February for the President's Day."

    Just another vacation with a pay raise on our dime....

    Pelosi and Reid have not done anything for the last two years, why start now?

    January 8, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. richard

    As we watch Obama and the democrats bankrupt America

    January 8, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. akshaydua

    JDC don't make useless comments if you have nothing constructive to offer.

    January 8, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  4. Pelosi Is A Socialist

    It's time to let the free-market adjust itself, and let the American economy prove how strong it really is. Nancy Pelosi needs to resign, along with every single member of Congress that has voted time and again to continually take money away from taxpayers and promote this inflationary policy while turning a blind eye to the elephant in the room: The Federal Reserve.

    January 8, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. California Gold

    Given the last 2 elections I hope members of Congress stop thinking they are fixtures and immune from getting voted out of office if they vote against bills to help constituents. The voters are watching you. Seems like there are too many of you old farts puttering around the halls of Congress. Too old and too out of touch.

    January 8, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. rlg

    Your uphill fight during the last Congress, included a Democratic majority and a resulting popularity that was lower than the Presidents. Will need to implement a little smarts about what is important for the country and not what would further the causes of individual Congressional members

    January 8, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  7. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Take your sweet time.

    January 8, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Benn

    posting is such a sham. My comments are less caustic than those posted after me, yet, mine are still under review.

    January 8, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. Trace

    For once, everyone should calm down the rhetoric, put aside their partisan goals, and make a sincere effort to work together in addressing this unique crisis, just as we would do if under attack by a foreign power.

    January 8, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. No Incumbents 2010

    "We are not going home without an economic recovery package,”

    Like we did on Energy when gas was $4.00 a gallon!

    January 8, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. NYC REPUB

    Go Pelosi!! Let's get to the people's business!! I said it before, and i'll say it again...... If congress/senate doesn't aide Obama when he has good ideas, they will suffer from the wrath of the iron fist....... of the people of America. I wish people would give Pelosi more credit. She is the first woman to ever be the Speaker of the House........ ever!! She is a trailblazer for millions of women yet to aspire to congress, and is the third most powerful in Washington, behind President Bush, and VP Cheney...... Now I won't deny her and Reid's cockiness..... But I believe Obama will handle them....... Thank God he's president and not them!!

    January 8, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. somebody

    Thanks for letting me use this article for current events in school!:)

    January 8, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. john from sandiego

    just think, twelve more days until the dumbocrats Pelosi and Reid take control of America....

    January 8, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  14. MAC

    "watch your step my friend. think for the country first" these are the kind of statements that make America what it is today. Obama, Pelosi and the entire Upper and Lower House are your elected leaders, there is nothing you or anyone else can do about it for the next four years (with in reason). If you want to speak your mind do it on election day any other time it is a waste of air and your time. It does not matter if you oppose or stand behind this decsion, support America as a whole.

    **Thank God for the DNC, Obama, and the control of the Upper and Lower House** ;)

    January 8, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Proud American

    Republican are Idiots. Please do something to get them a job and off this blog.

    January 8, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    democrats will help this poor economy back up...... i mean come on even if u didnt want obama to win u still have 2 stand behind him 100% cuz hes our last chance...if the United States falls, the WHOLE WORLD falls

    January 8, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Dont forget to push out AID to innovations and creativity.... policies that will fuel and propel us out of this rathole.

    January 8, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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