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. Diana Ewing NJ

    From what I hear from the Republican on TV they still believe Tax cuts are the way to go.. Looks to me that they do not learn... tax cuts got us where we are now.. along with the spending we were encouraged to do..
    Remember Bush's advice to the people after 9/11 Go Shopping!!! they offer of tax credits on buying new cars and houses... without jobs.. does not look to me like they paid attention at all.

    February 6, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  2. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Sounds like the Republicans are not wanting to comprimise. You never leave the negotiating table when you want to reach a mutual agreement.

    February 6, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. chris@stl

    idiots ....

    February 6, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Ryan

    Another spineless republican. It is becoming clear that this bill will not be able to override the filibuster. Can we have an up or down vote on this issue? The dems have over 50 votes. Why are the republicans blocking? Sound familiar?

    Can we have an up or down vote?

    February 6, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Ray Ray

    Between snidely declaring "I WON" to Republicans and then going off to House Democrats about "failed policies of the last 8 years"... I can't IMAGINE why conservatives in Congress haven't embraced Obama??

    Obama sounds like he's a Pelosi Charm School graduate!

    February 6, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. elsie

    Darn you Harry Reid. Why do you have to screw up everything? It's not like you won't cave eventually anyway. Do the right thing and get out of the way. You do more harm than good. Two days ago you said you had enough votes. Bring it to the floor before more is taken out. No money for Firefighter, Cops, Food Stamps. What's next? Tax cuts only?
    I thought we voted for change. You and the media are ruining this country.

    February 6, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    TWO PEOPLE can stop progress to save our country?

    February 6, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Cindy Wendle

    Here'e my question:

    If President Obama is encouraging oversight, limitations and conditions on money lent to banks, auto manufacturers, insurance companies, and the like – is he going to be willing to be on the other end? If I am going to lend my money to the government (and basically lend my children's future earnings to the government as well), then I want similar conditions, oversight and thorough reviews of financial statements of all government agencies spending my money. I can barely get through three paragraphs of the pending stimulus package without feeling sick to my stomach. It is a daunting sum of money – and where is the accountability? In these hard times, I know where every penny is being spent. Will these agencies know the same?

    February 6, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Vince Los Angeles

    We need to vote EVERY SINGLE Republican OUT OF OFFICE!!

    February 6, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    As a skeptic of all bailouts and stimuli I am convinced that this stimulus is now required as things have gone too far to turn back. As with most Americans am preparing for the fall of our nation when this bill fails since Congress cares more for themselves than the nation. So let everyone quit and at least firearm sales will increase and Americans can simply shoot ourselves since we have nothing left upon which to rely!!!

    February 6, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Barbara

    I have read that the difference between a depression and a recession is a matter of degree. Well how much worse do Senate Republicans want the economy to get before they come to the table? We lost 598,000 jobs in January! Is a full scale depression what they want?

    Their economic ideology didn't work. It has been in place for the last 8 years, and that is what landed us in this mess. The economy is losing almost 1 million jobs every 2 months. When does Republican ideology reckon with reality?

    February 6, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. leslie

    My comment is about the insistence on more tax cuts in the economic stimulus package, and I feel this is a very important thing to consider: If you focus mainly on putting money in people's pockets right now (via tax cuts), as Senator McCain insists on, without the other necessary aspects of the package, people will stash away as much money as possible and pay only their essential bills, because everyone is scared and being made more so by the media (no offense). In that scenario, no one will be out spending, and stimulus will not occur. Tax cuts are not the answer; the multi-dimensional plan President Obama wants is. I wish Senator McCain and others in that line of thought would stop holding up the great plan of our new President and his co-workers.

    February 6, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Hammer

    Obama is spreading fear about job losses if something is not done now. All the while there are 30 million illegal immigrants and more coming every day taking jobs from these every people that he says are hurting and he is fighting for and yet he has said not one word about stopping the flow of illegal or visa workers that are taking citizens jobs.
    Makes him sound like he really has no concern for the American workers.

    February 6, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Jody Monroe

    They need to scrap the whole thing and start from scratch. Tax cuts will not be the answer. More debt is definitely NOT the answer. Each part of the solution needs to show how it can generate profit and income and jobs to repay back the debt we're incurring.

    Remind me again, who are the economists here??? I don't have any confidence in them. They need to go to top universities and hire grad students who are Economics majors. They would probably do a better job.

    February 6, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Simmy

    I guess all of his constituents are employed and wealthy. Poor example of a congressman.

    February 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. J. S.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Pleeez take the time to study this plan carefully....our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren will be paying for it.

    February 6, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. Jody Monroe

    Obama said that our reps need to consider their constituents. I don't see any of that happening. Where is the input from the American citizens? Certainly we don't think like politicians. This is NOT a plan I would craft. No one I know would design a plan like this.

    What would I do? I would hire a few key people with experience in profitable businesses. People who are financially smart and do not believe in creating more debt for our children. Where are those people?

    February 6, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. Patriot

    Are some Americans masochists?

    1. The Republicons have been known to shut down the Federal Government.

    2. The Republicons are known for their recent destruction of the US Government under Bush The Wild & Incompetent.

    So why vote people to Congress who will shut down government or destroy American government, if they can't get their way?

    Clinton left a surplus and the Republicons wipe it out, to again create a debtor nation.

    The Democrats are again seeking to keep the ship of state afloat; but he Republicons are again weighing down the US Government. Why? Because they lack the ability to build anything of value for America?

    February 6, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The real heroes are the Senators who will vote NO to this bailout.

    February 6, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. No Incumbents 2010

    Please save our nation from anti-capitalist and socialism. Please cut out all of the programs that will not stimulate the economy. Thank goodness we do not have a filibuster proof Senate. America needs help but not at the risk of tearing down this great country. We are still paying for the "New Deal" and the "Great Society". Our government has bankrupt social security and now they want to bankrupt our children and grandchildren. Please for the love of what is right and not what is expedient take the time to give the American people something that will work, something that will create jobs now and something that will make America the manufacturing giant it once was. Let us keep more of our hard earned dollars and we will spend them and we the people will improve our economy.

    February 6, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  21. JB

    I'm with you ms collins – after seeing what you cut, I'm not as happy with it either.

    February 6, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. J.P.

    I don't think Congressional and Senate republicans REALLY grasp the level of disapproval and revusion of this economic slavery bill.

    Republicans who vote for it should realize a yes vote will mean the end of their political careers. When you cast your vote for this bill, go ahead and clean out your office and fly back to your home district, because we're keeping track of names and YOU WON'T BE REELECTED.

    February 6, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  23. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    WAH! If you're not going to play the way i want to play, then I'm taking my ball and going home! WAH!

    February 6, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  24. Marty

    Good bye republicans. The sooner you leave, the faster the bill gets done and the Americans get some relief.

    February 6, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  25. Deb

    These stupid repubs will forever play politics even with the country in such bad condition. Americans know that you repubs look to go after Reid seat, we are not as stupid as you think. By the way, no one cares about how you feel

    February 6, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
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