February 10th, 2009
02:06 PM ET
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GOP group gets tough against Republicans who support stimulus

A conservative group is pledging to work against Republican senators who support the stimulus.
A conservative group is pledging to work against Republican senators who support the stimulus.

(CNN) – An influential conservative political action committee is pledging to support primary challengers to any Republican senator who supports President Obama's stimulus package - the latest public show of dissatisfaction from the right over the massive measure before Congress.

"The American people don’t want this trillion dollar political payoff that will just line the pockets of non-governmental organizations who supported [President] Obama in the election,” said Scott Wheeler, the executive director of The National Republican Trust PAC, an organization that calls for less government spending and lower taxes.

Related: For House and Senate, time to settle stimulus

“Republican senators are on notice," Wheeler said. "If they support the stimulus package, we will make sure every voter in their state knows how they tried to further bankrupt voters in an already bad economy.”

In a Senate vote Tuesday, only three Republicans backed the $838 billion measure - Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter.

All three senators were involved in cutting spending proposals from the plan, and have said they may not vote for the final version bill if more spending projects are added to it.

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Filed under: Arlen Specter • Olympia Snowe • Susan Collins
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  1. Bruce

    "GOP group gets tough against Republicans who support stimulus"

    Not as tough as their constituents will. I would not support my senators if they voted for it. Of course, I've already decided not to vote for them since they voted for the last one.

    I've decided to work to fire their butts.

    February 10, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. Chris from NY

    Don't these people live in America? Are they not feeling the heat of this moment? God help us.

    February 10, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Kathy

    The GOP had control of congress until January 2007. They ran up the national debt, allowed NO BID CONTRACTS to anyone who had their hands out, had HUGE EAR MARKS on every bill.

    When the Dems gained control in 2007, the GOP fillibustered a total 100 times (that is a total of 300 days that nothing can be done, 3 days for each). They made it a do nothing congress by their obstructionism.

    And NOW they know what is right for the USA????

    February 10, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. obama-mama

    Al Qaieda is upset. You three lowly republicans who voted better watch out......This is such a complete joke. The President need to put these republicans in their place. If they don't like it, hit the road jack.

    February 10, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. carlo

    It's any Senator's perogative to vote as they think is best. At least Collins, Spector, and Snowe sat down and tried to reach an agreement, instead of yelling no ad nauseum. The GOP is allowing the fringe right to take over their party.

    February 10, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. TexasIndependent

    Good. Any Republican that supports this bill is a disgrace to the party. As for Democrats, this kind of bill is exactly what I would expect from them.

    February 10, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. carlo

    Kathy wrote:

    February 10th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

    The GOP had control of congress until January 2007. They ran up the national debt, allowed NO BID CONTRACTS to anyone who had their hands out, had HUGE EAR MARKS on every bill.

    When the Dems gained control in 2007, the GOP fillibustered a total 100 times (that is a total of 300 days that nothing can be done, 3 days for each). They made it a do nothing congress by their obstructionism.

    And NOW they know what is right for the USA????
    ****************************************************************************No comment. Totally agree. I just thought is this deserves repeating.

    February 10, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. Precious Coker, NY

    Group of losers!!!!! Grand old party of lo...osers!!

    The three GOP senators are working for the American people who sent them to Washington. The other GOP members of both houses are miserable people, after fleecing the American people ( they contributed more than any group to this sorry state) they want this new administration to fail. God forbid!!!

    The fortunes of the GOP is tied to what happens to the Economy, they figure if the Economy tanks they have a chance of coming back to power. God forbid!!!

    Their latest stand will go down in history as the point where the GOP lost relevance in American politics( the GOP extinction).

    God bless America.

    February 10, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Will-South Dakota

    Why is the GOP crying fowl in their own ranks now? Look what the GOP did to America under Bush these last eight years....and now they cry because 2 GOP Senators voted in FAVOR OF AMERICA!

    February 10, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Hope for America

    OK, so adding debt to the federal budget is a big deal now ONLY after Obama is elected President and after eight years of reckless spending by the same party who created this mess.

    What do these guys stand for????

    February 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Frank, Las Vegas

    This is exactly the problem the GOP has. They claim they Know what America wants, obviously they didn't get the word that in Nov, the American people Rejected Overwhelmingly the policies of the GOP. They just don't get it and they'll be scratching their heads in 2010 when there is even less of them. The GOP has become irrelevant, which is a good thing for America.

    February 10, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Zac Lochner

    "trillion dollar political payoff that will just line the pockets of non-governmental organizations who supported [President] Obama in the election"

    That is pure propaganda. I've seen people throw around arguments that $4.5 billion will go to ACORN. Right. Go to thomas.loc.gov, find the exact paragraph where it says that, and I'll believe you. Until then, try to come up a legitimate argument against the stimulus plan, of which there are many , yet Republicans have not brought them to the public eye as of yet.

    "Buy America", "Go Union" exec order: why are these things not being hotly debated?!

    February 10, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Jim

    Since the Republican Party knows so much, why are we in the economic straits that we are in? And John McCain calling this "Generational Theft" is like the pot calling the kettle black. Wasn't he involved in something called the "Savings and Loan Scandal"? That was generational theft.

    I don't pretend to know if this bailout is going to work. But at least tax and spend makes a lot more sense than don't tax, but spend anyway...

    February 10, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. AP in Illinois

    Looks like the Big Tent ain't so big. There is a reason the conservatives aren't in power anymore. They are uncompromising. When they don't get their way they act like little kids. My way or the highway is not going to cut it anymore. We tried that and it doesn't work. If President Obama has taught us anything, it is that compromise is a necessary element to govern the nation.

    Perhaps those three senators might consider swithing parties? Come on over to the Dem adult party. You are no longer welcome at the Republican kids party.

    It's fun to watch the Republican party cannibalize their own.

    GOP = Grand Obstructionist Party.

    February 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. Maurice from Ontario

    I, for one, admire and respect Senators Collins, snowe, and Specter. They considered the big picture and used their conscience to enlighten their actions (which, by the way, included hammering out sections in the original draft in order to make it more palatable). If only more legislators could use both their minds and hearts,instead of just lurching ahead (or backwards) by voting according to party lines.

    February 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Linda

    Why do republicans still question why people are voting them out? The answer is in this article. It's seems the perfect time for both Dems and Repubs to grow up a little and start working towards real solutions and put their egos on the back burner for awhile.

    February 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  17. Larry from RI

    "The American people don’t want this trillion dollar political payoff that will just line the pockets of non-governmental organizations who supported [President] Obama in the election,” said Scott Wheeler, the executive director of The National Republican Trust PAC, an organization that calls for less government spending and lower taxes.

    Um – Yes we do!
    You don't speak for me nor do you speak for the majority of Americans,
    perhaps you have forgotten the GOP has LOST the W.H. and both houses of congress.

    February 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  18. Ric in NY

    Liberals are out of control and thier messiah, the living god Obama is about to spend us into oblivion. any republican who voted for the " spendulus " bill should have thier party affiliation stripped and be deported to France.

    February 10, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. slickingdom in N.J.

    The GOP is working to finish putting the U.S. in a economic catastrophe
    and shun their constituents in the process. The 3 that support the bill
    have guts and care that something gets done. The repubs totally ruined
    the economy of the U.S. and then think that they're plan is what can
    solve the problems that they created in the first place. Sorry, but the
    republicans credibility is shot on this one.

    February 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  20. Mike in Ca

    The right wing idiots will not rest till they destroy this country.

    February 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  21. George Watson

    "GOP group gets tough against Republicans who support stimulus"

    Not as tough as their constituents will. I would not support my senators if they voted for it. Of course, I've already decided not to vote for them since they voted for the last one.

    I've decided to work to fire their butts.
    – Bruce

    You know, the same do-nothing Republicans as want the heads of these moderates are the ones who got us into this with their tunnel-vision ideology. The time now is not for partisan politics, but to do something that helps the nation. We're going to go down if things are not turned around and fast. You're like the people who want to have a tea party in a burning building. Dope.

    February 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Frost

    And we will remember who the three are and make sure they are moved forward to the future not left behind with the out of date people of washington.

    Tennessee

    So let them bully ... it shows their true colors

    February 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Joy, Vancouver, WA

    I am so sad that I do not live in one of the states of the targeted Republican senators that supported the stimulus bill so that I could vote FOR them. I hope that these conservatives start to wake up and think about why they lost the last election before they lose the next one. And they didn't lose because they were not conservative enough but because those particular conservative values they espouse today are the ones that supported getting us where we are today. Broke and getting broker by the minute.

    February 10, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. Independent in Arizona

    Congrats to three GOP Senators willing to go against party leadership in order to do what's best for the country. As usual, the Dems reached out with an open hand and were met with a closed fist from the Republicans hoping to see the new president–and hence, the country–fail.

    Most republicans won't speak it, but Limbaugh has openly articulated this party-line negativity for them.

    February 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Steve wrote:

    "I love how the Republicans purge the people who don't toe the party line. They'd make really good Communists.""

    You are so right...!!! if you too far to the left, you end up in the far right

    If you go to the right you end up on the far left..

    Great observation...

    February 10, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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