January 27th, 2009
01:15 PM ET
6 months ago

President Obama working phones for stimulus

Obama is pressing members of Congress to vote for the stimulus bill
Obama is pressing members of Congress to vote for the stimulus bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama is taking a hands-on approach in shaping the $825 billion economic stimulus package under consideration by Congress, urging his fellow Democrats to take out provisions he feels are unnecessary and controversial, according to a senior administration official.

An Obama aide said the President has personally called House Democratic leaders recently to urge them to remove a $200 million family planning provision which would have made it easier for states to use federal funds to provide contraception for poor families.

One of those calls was to Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, chairman of the House Energy Committee and one of the most influential liberal members in the House. The Obama aide said the President urged Waxman and other Democrats to take out the provision because it was a hot-button issue among Republicans, and did not focus on the mandate of creating jobs as quickly as possible.

In trying to win over Republicans, President Obama is also bringing a Republican ally along for his trip on the Hill. By his side will be his Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the former congressman from Illinois, who is one of two Republicans in his Cabinet. The moderate LaHood is a veteran of Capitol Hill, and a longtime friend of Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, with whom he co-hosted bipartisan dinners as a member of Congress.


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soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Ken in Dallas

    Every dollar from this package that goes into a payroll check stimulates the economy. I don't care if it's paying two guys to walk down the street, one digging holes while the other fills them in, it supports those two households, keeps families in shelter, buys food to keep those families healthy. Who is against supporting payroll checks that help keep families whole, and why?

    The useless parts of this bill are the tax cuts. As there is no evidence that tax cuts stimulate the economy, there should be no tax cuts in a stimulus package. $275 billion, a third of the proposal, is being wasted on tax cuts that didn't work for Reagan and didn't work for Bush. I know it sounds sweet to have a few extra dollars in your paycheck, and mailing out all those check makes a big media splash, but tax cuts are useless at stimulating the economy, they don't produce any jobs, and they shouldn't be in the stimulus plan.

    January 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. D. Erwin

    MR. PRESIDENT I'M BEHIND YOU 100% AND THINK YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK JUST KEEP IT UP.TRY DO WORK WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BUT JUST REMEMBER WHO ELECTED YOU,I HAVE ONE SUGGESTION THOUGH WHY NOT GIVE EACH FAMILY IN UNITED STATES 100.000.00 DOLLARS AND LET THEM PUT THE MONEY BACK INTO ECONOMY SURE WE KNOW THERE WILL BE SOME WHO WILL SPEND IT FOOLISH BUT OVER ALL IT WOULD HELP THE ECONOMY A LOT FASTER THEN JUST GIVING IT TO THE BANKS , AUTOMOBILE BAIL OUT, AND CERTAIN ONE'S. THE BANKS ARE JUST SITTING ON THE MONEY THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO LEND IT. HELP THE LITTLE PEOPLE THEY ARE THE ONE'S WHO PAY.

    January 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Paul H

    Pelosi will be the black eye on Obamas administration.

    January 27, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia

    Regarding Blue State NC...well said. The people fighting on every turn are the same people that didn't get the message in kindergarten and if they where to return they still would not get it .

    January 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  5. worriedmom

    The money for contraceptives/family planning should have never been part of the stimulus plan to begin with. That was a Pelosi thing. It would have slid by the American citizens had it not been pointed out by the Republicans. But he needs to pull out other non-stimulus items such as ACORN. That has nothing to do with the economy. I feel that the American citizens should have posted on-line for all to view the items that is trying to be pushed thru this stimulus package so there are no transparent issues. Don't have us find out thru other sources.

    January 27, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  6. shoegazer

    I suggest you all You-Tube Hal Turner's video on the Amero currency.
    It might provide some food for thought.

    January 27, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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