February 6th, 2009
05:10 PM ET
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Voinovich out of bipartisan stimulus talks

Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich has dropped out of bipartisan negotiations for an economic stimulus bill.
Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich has dropped out of bipartisan negotiations for an economic stimulus bill.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich has dropped out of bipartisan negotiations for an economic stimulus bill, a potentially ominous sign for President Obama’s top priority.

According to a Voinovich aide, following a meeting of Republican negotiators this afternoon in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office, Voinovich concluded that his “philosophical” differences with their approach is too great, and he can no longer support efforts at compromise, or the final bill.

The problem for Democratic leaders and the White House: they need two or three Republican votes to pass the stimulus bill - and only five, including Voinovich, have been involved in negotiations.

Even Susan Collins of Maine, the lead Republican in the effort, made clear to reporters as she left Reid’s office this afternoon that she didn’t feel as good as she had earlier.


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  1. Deborah

    Ohio is one of the hardest hit states in the country! How could a senator from Ohio walk away from negotiations? Ohio voters need to get on the phones!

    February 6, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. BB

    He thinks we don't know that he's a major obstructionist.

    He's out in 2010. Buh bye !!!!

    And Susan Collins said "It's close" – is CNN lying again?

    February 6, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  3. obama all the way

    YOU REPUBLICANS ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH, YOU HELP BIG BANKS AND CEOS, YOU HELP OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT YOU WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA, SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.

    February 6, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Sally

    Man! Every time Harry Reid (ir Nancy Pelosi) gets involved it seems we lose ground on a decent bipartisan solution! The complete collapse of our economy and way of life will be on their head!

    February 6, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "philosophical differences" = the party leadership and the rest of the membership ganged up on me and made me wet my pants with all kinds of threats if I didn't toe the line

    February 6, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. BB

    You people that write this stuff think we're all fools. Well – when all cable is disconnected, which of you will have jobs? Not you, Dana, and definitely not Loozer Dobbs or Campell Brown. We know the truth.

    February 6, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. In Houston, TX

    Okay. There are still 4 more Senators we can win over to get this stimulus through. I hope we can get the votes we need in order to get the help that the people need. Hope for the future

    February 6, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Other than huge tax cuts/breaks for the rich, exactly what do the Republican politicians want in this stimulus package? If there is "pork" that does not create jobs then cut it. If your state is not getting it's fair share have the governor call the president. If it is a good idea but not yours, vote for it anyway. If you have something constructive to say then say it and move on, but for our country's sake do NOT vote against the bill just because it was not your plan or it might make you look bad.

    February 6, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. Make it Work

    So he simply gave up on helping the American people? What a trooper.

    February 6, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  10. me

    HE IS A SMART MAN, AND HE KNOWS THAT THE BILLS WILL NOT HELP THIS COUNTRY. THANK YOU.
    IT IS A GREEDY PACKAGE FULL OF PORK

    February 6, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  11. Lesley

    The Repubs are upset that they lost the WH and are not going to support anything that will change the course of the last 8 years. There will be no compromising with them, in spite of all of Obama's efforts to have a bipartisan plan and include them in the discussion. Anything other than their narrow views will not be supported. The country will suffer because of their obstructionist behavior. Not enough of them were voted out of office!

    February 6, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  12. Fan of Common Sense

    There should be nothing bipartisan about the PLUNDERING and LOOTING the treasury and ripping-off the American taxpayer. If the republicans do not UNANIMOUSLY reject this INSANE PORK BILL, there is something very very wrong with the Republican Party.

    February 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  13. Bob

    FINALLY SOME ARE SHOWING THEIR SPINE - NO DEM PORKULUS - NOT THIS TIME!

    February 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  14. Karl Rove

    Whatever the fina deal it better include no handouts to Wall Street, Big Business or the Rich!!! If it does, there will be hell to pay!

    February 6, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  15. Matt

    I don't care about your philosophical differences Voinovich. I care about our economy. Get back to work, you baby!

    February 6, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Robin

    Please Dems and Libs. Please tell me what portion of the bill you support? I don't understand how millions to ACORN or STD education is going to help our economy.

    If this bill fails, it will be on Obama's hands, but we will pay the price.

    February 6, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Jo

    Why doesn't every unemployed person go to their republicandonothings and ask for a handout. Like maybe a job, medical care, food for their kids, money to pay their mortage, etc. I wonder if the donothings would have a change of heart then. Until they get an actual feeling for what people are going through they could care less. They are comfortable with their jobs, have all the medical care they will never need and usually have more than 1 home. I think its about time for them to share their good fortune with those who are losing everything. I think I will contact my donothing representative and ask him what he is doing for the unemployed and hurting citiziens of his district.

    February 6, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. kayla

    COWARDS, THAT IS WHAT THE REPUGS ARE. BUNCH OF COWARDS.

    February 6, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Meka

    CONGRESS TERM LIMITS . . . 12 YEARS, NO RETIREMENT!

    February 6, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. JIM...TX

    Figures Reid and or Peloisi would screw up any attempt to get this bill out of the muck. Why the Dems keep them as "leaders" beats me.

    February 6, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. BB

    Hmmmm – I'm not a violent person, but I've run across a few in my lifetime.

    Bad things are about to happen to the Republicans. Don't know which ones, and don't know when or how, but I know people that are now unemployed, broke, homeless, their kids are hungry, and they no longer think like the rest of us.

    Obstructionists had better watch their backs.

    February 6, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. bsmith171

    he should resign.

    February 6, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. mw

    We need Repugs to come around. They want Bush's failed approach. America wants Obama's new approach.
    We are watching.
    We are so tired of Repug foot dragging. We are tired of power plays by whiny repugs. We want the stimulus package, relief, a turn around led by the man WE THE PEOPLE put in office.
    None of you repugs can relate to the common man, the hard working nurse, the lab tech, the mechanic, the waitress, the car salesman, the everyday worker. All you guys know is rich, corporate, greedy, overpaid, out of touch, guys like the crooks of Wall street, crooks of investment corporations. All you guys know is what Bush/Chaney wanted you to do. THEY ARE GONE, THANK GOD IN HEAVEN. THINK ON YOUR FEET. THINK OF SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOUR OVERATED, PERVERTED EGOS.

    February 6, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. rob

    What we are not hearing about is that their a hand full of Senate Dems who don't want to vote for this either. The Dems and the MSM will blame the Reps and not bring it up for a vote in order to hide the fact they don't have 100% Dem support yet.

    The house Dems sent a utopian liberal fantasy bill up to the Senate and the more we learn about it the less the public likes it.

    February 6, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. PEACE ON EARTH

    I say we lay off these congress men and senetors.

    IT'S OVER.......YOU AND YOUR CRAPPY STIMULIS IS TOO LATE!!!

    100s of thousands of people have lost their jobs and this bickering is reduculous.

    It's the Republican agenda to KEEP THE POOR, POOR and THE RICH, RICH. TALK ABOUT ELITE

    I say we just FORGET THE WHOLE THING AND WE STOP PAYING TAXES.

    EVERYONE 1099 YOUR EMPLOYERS. TELL CONGRESS WE'LL PAY TAXES WHEN THEY CAN SHOW SOMETHING FOR OUR EFFORTS.

    IT'S OUR COUNTRY, LETS TAKE IT BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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