February 8th, 2009
11:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Shelby: Republicans should start over on stimulus bill

CNN

Watch Sen. Shelby debate the merits of the stimulus bill with New York Sen. Charles Schumer on John King's State of the Union.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama still isn’t happy with the stimulus bill even after hours of negotiating by centrist members of his own party in the Senate.

Asked by CNN’s Chief National Correspondent John King whether the version of the bill currently under consideration in the Senate is better than the House version, Shelby said his preference would be to start from scratch.

“It’s close to the House bill,” Shelby said Sunday on State of the Union. “They tweaked it a little bit but the substance is the same.”

“It’s not anything I could support,” Shelby added. “And I would hope – and I’m afraid we won’t – the Republicans would stay together. We could shelf this bill and start again. That’s what we really need to do.”

Shelby, the Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, has also been critical of other efforts by the federal government to help the struggling economy including legislation that would have provided a bailout to the auto industry.

The Senate reached a tentative agreement Friday evening on a compromise version of the stimulus bill that was largely negotiated by a handful of centrist Republicans whose votes are needed to prevent a filibuster.

The Senate is expected to vote on the revised stimulus bill Tuesday.

soundoff (171 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Senator Shelby,

    Please just say nothing if you want to vote no find do it at your risk when you run for your next election. Please I am sick of these old tired and bad arguments by the Republicans.

    Senator McDonald is correct the Republicans are a regional party and their region is getting smaller by the hour.

    By By Republican Party and it will be good to see you go as the Wig Party did!

    February 8, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Linda

    GET RID OF ALL THE REPUBLICANS EXCEPT THOSE TRYING TO HELP THE ECONOMY.

    February 8, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  3. Ano

    Senate Republicans are hawks and hypocrates. They are obstructionists.

    February 8, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Independent

    I support the stimulus bill. No, I do not like some of the things Pelosi put in it..but overall, I think in the long run it can only help our economy. The American people do need to bear some of the responsibility and make cut backs in their own personal lives.

    After seeing the Republicans in the Senate arguing invalid points, picking apart and splitting hairs on a very small percentage of the bill, seeking only to obstruct and destroy at the expense of the American people, I doubt whether I would EVER vote Republican again.

    I think our Presidents efforts are sincere. He is intelligent, focused and will overcome all the NAY sayers.( Remember, they never thought the man would get elected) Let them spin this cycle all they want. They are going to spin themselves right out of the whitehouse.

    People are hurting and are watching with are careful eye. The American people know THIS TIME, when people are playing politics and when they are truly trying to help the economy. I applaud the efforts of the few Republicans that stayed to try to come to a compromise. I do not agree with 42% of the bill...(ie..tax cuts)..but I think it is important to work together to get the economy back on track.

    February 8, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. CA Indie for Obama

    Bill in Alb,
    As an Obama supporter, I too was deeply disappointed at the senate dems for caving on this issue. it was the repubs (reagan) that made it fashionable to cut education to balance budgets. after his admin, I realized what elitists the repubs were for denying education...easier to stay in power when the electorate is stupid.
    I would have preferred less tax cuts than cut education funding.

    February 8, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Sarty

    You can give them 365 days, still Stupid Repuetblicans don't get it.
    I wonder whether there is any thing in the constitution to take these bums out.

    February 8, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Sanity has returned

    The problem with the GOP is they seem to forget they lost in November. They have become the media darlings, coming out against a jobs recovery bill ever since. The bill up for additional debate and a vote was decided on by Dems and Republicans and almost 2 billion was eliminated. I think compromise is important and these whiner Congressman and Senators had better watch their step. The American people are watching and waiting and before you know it, 2010 will be here. How many spending bills did the GOP shove down our throats prior to Jan 07? How many of those bills did Frm Pres W Bush veto because the pork violated their principles? Enough of you GOP..Either help or get out of the way.

    February 8, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  8. Charlie in Maine

    Dear President Obama,

    I know that you like to model yourself after Lincoln. In most areas this serves you well honesty, boldness etc. But please oh please if Senator Shelby's and Gov Sanford's states ever do us the favor of demanding to leave the Union again let them go. They are just holding us back.

    February 8, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  9. DavidinCA

    Thank you Senator Shelby for your leadership in this discussion. Yes, we do need a fix to this situation, but we do not need or want a rammed-through spending bill that wastes valuable tax dollars and doesn't address the real economic issues!

    The American economy is too important to cram a lousy bill through just to say we got a bill. You are doing the job you were elected to do and by helping get an effective response out of our Federal government to address the situation it will show that our system of government works.

    February 8, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  10. Ricky

    What is wrong with Shelby, there is not time to work out another stimulus bill. People are losing jobs, homes every day at all time highs. The housing market is in the dumps, the banks are not loaning money, and on & on.
    First he was a democrat, then became a republican, and now decided to be stupid.
    Then again, maybe he's just saying what Rush tells him to say.........

    February 8, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. Joan , Ontario

    The Republican leaders are taking a very risky stand here. They sound just like John McCain did when he suspended his campaign and everyone knows how that turned out. Your country needs a confidence stimulus right now as well as a financial stimulus and they don't seem to be on board with that. It will be interesting to see the backlash against them when Pres. Obama's plan starts to show success. Or do they not want that?

    February 8, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Jesse

    You want to clean up this mess:

    Vote in a brand new Congress. We are in this mess because of our ultra low unpopular congress, their numbers are worse then President Bush's number. Throw out every incumbant who has made a career out of "serving" us. They do nothing more than serve themselves and represent their majority/ minority leaders; Reid, Palosi, Banoir etc. What ever happened to serving us, the people who voted them in, the people they are supposed to REPRESENT. When we hear the campaign speeches every 2 years for the House and every 6 for the senate, their intentions are good but when they get there the old career politicians change them and suck them in to the good all boys system of doing business. You want to change how we do business in the U.S. then change Congress. Put term limitis on how long they serve. I say 1 term for the Senate (6 years) and 3 terms for the House (6 years). Lets get common sense running this country. The benefits that Congress gets should be the same thing we get. We pay for it. They want a raise, we vote on it. I am tired of hearing it is the Presidents fault. Congress proposes laws and the President opposes if he needs to. We are in this mess because of our Congress not because of our President!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!! IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE HOW THE UNITED STATES DOES BUSINESS THEN DO IT WHEN YOU CAST YOUR NEXT VOTE. LETS START A MOVEMENT THAT SAYS "LETS START OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    February 8, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Chipster

    It's just amazing how certain Republicans are that they have all the answers since the Democrats have inherited the results of 8 years of failed economic policies. Shelby supported the supply-side economics and deregulation that brought our country to the brink of depression. My advice to Shelby: you didn't lead, so if you can't follow, then just get out of the way!

    February 8, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. Jim

    At last some sense. Too bad it will go to waste. When are you people going to wake up. This is not a stimulus bill. It is a partisian bill designed to spend more of our money for things that will not help you, me or this economy in any manner.

    Not only that, the only people that will really benefit are the illegal immigrants in this country. Which, by the way, if you have not asked your congressman about the AMNESTY bill, you should do so.

    February 8, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  15. Jim

    One other thing. This to Ryan: You are so far off it is pathetic. Maybe you should just read instead of commenting.

    February 8, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Hope

    All the states which have Senators and Congress Reps voting against this bill should be denied the stimulus money, how about that amendment.

    February 8, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Larry

    The American people want instant gratification and entitlements,the Democrats with dictator power now,are taking total advantage of us by knowing that.They know If there plan doesn't go threw before we understand what's in it,and we learn that it isn't going to do anything but make the situation worse even now,they won't get their agenda of more power for the government.That is why they are pushing and forcing this trillion dollar pork barrel bill.

    LET'S STOP,APPLY SOME COMMON SINCE,THEN MOVE FORWARD.

    February 8, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Jen, Philadelphia

    They want to spend 1 trillion of our tax dollars! I, for one, want them to take as much time as necessary to debate, change and really work on this package. The stimulus package will not fix everything overnight, so let's take our time and try to get as close to right (nothing will be perfect) as we can.

    February 8, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  19. Jon Davis

    Mr. Shelby,

    The funds to fight the war in Iraq (most of which were stolen by US contractors as a deliberate part of Bush's and the Republican-led Congress' design) were all spent off the books, i.e., more than trillion dollars of deficit was printed at the mint and the money transferred to Halliburton and Blackwater...while US soldiers literally died for lack of vehicle and body armor...thanks to YOU.

    Today our entire economy, including the stock market, the jobs markets and the housing market, are on the brink of collapse thanks to Richard Shelby's support for Bushonomics.

    But heck, in Alabama people even appropriate taxpayer dollars to run the jails...and then let the sheriff steal most of the money to run the jail...legally...just like the Wall Street tycoons that Richard Shelby let steal $350 billion dollars with NO accountability.

    February 8, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  20. Beau

    Sep 2008 – Present: you've had more than enough time to come up with your own bill, Senator Shelby. 'Get on the train ....... or off the tracks. The train's leaving the station.'

    February 8, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Humored In Texas

    The article should also have stated that Schumer schooled Shelby – big time!!!

    This is the same Shelby that couldn't help U.S. automakers because he has foreign auto plants in his state with no union workers!!!

    Personal to Louie:

    Go back to your trailer and put on your tin foil hat!!!

    February 8, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. The Truth

    Somebody needs to start this thing over and show the community organizer how to do it.

    As for all you democrats constantly chirping about the Iraq war...if you weren't such simpletons you would understand the enormous strategic value of having troops/allies in those two countries. Do democrats ever think things through beyond tomorrow?

    February 8, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Independant Vet

    EACH AN EVERYDAY , THERE IS MORE WASTE IN THIS BILL .

    SURE IT IS GOOD FOR 300,000 JOBS , FOR THE ILLEGAL ALIENS.

    THEN WE RECALL , OUR PRESIDENT STRESTED THAT POLITICS HAS CHANGED, WELL IT LOOKS LIKE IT IS ONE SIDED, FOR WHEN IT COMES TO TAXES . IF YOU ARE DEMOCRAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY. THEN WHEN YOU GET CAUGHT , THEY RUN FOR COVER. NOW YOU HAVE THE MEDIA COVERING AL FRANKLIN OF MN. THAT IS TRYING EVERYTHING IN THE BOOK OF CROOKS TO BE SEATED. AN YES , HE OWE'S TAXES OF OVER $50,000 PLUS.
    RIGHT HE IS A DEMOCRAT , AN HE HAS ACORN WORKING FULL TIME TO DIG UP MORE DEAD VOTES.

    THE BIG CHANGE. BECOME MEDIA'S DAR,ING , AN YOU CAN GET BYE WITH ALMOST EVERYTHING. NEVER DISCLOSE THE TRUTH. VERY SAD DAY FOR THE USA.

    GO BACK AND READ WHAT TOCHIA HAD TO SAY. VERY WELL WRITTEN. APLAUSE, APLAUSE.
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    February 8, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. shelby anne

    i think they should make a new one, cause there is so much stuff in this one that is going to make stupid dog parks and other usless crap, if they would stick to the nessary iteams that they need to fix will this simulus package, i think they would have every thing back up and working in less than 6 months. evry one is just putting way too much thinking into this!!

    February 8, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Bacchus

    Geez

    February 8, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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