February 13th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Most moderate GOP reps unswayed on stimulus

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite direct lobbying by members of President Obama's administration in the last couple of weeks, many moderate House Republicans are still firmly opposed to the measure.

Before the House vote last month, 11 House Republicans attended a meeting at the White House with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to discuss their possible support. None of those members voted for the bill then, and CNN has learned that most do not intend to support the latest version either.

Pennsylvania Republican Jim Gerlach said he got calls from two Cabinet secretaries on Thursday –- HUD Secretary Sean Donovan and Transportation Secretary Secretary Ray LaHood – – but said the bill didn’t include the “fundamental change I think is needed.”

Rep Vern Ehlers, R- Mich, met with Obama’s White House legislative staff this week, but said the measure didn’t include enough items he thought would be effective stimulus to the economy.

Another Michigan Republican, Candice Miller, said she believes the compromise between the House and the Senate is worse than the original House bill. “I really wanted to get to yes because Lord knows we need the help in Michigan.” Miller said she asked for more direct help for the ailing auto industry and was disappointed the tax credit for auto buyers was scaled back. “I personally asked both the President and Rahm for something for the auto companies,” Miller said.

Spokespeople for Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, R-WV; Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio; and Rep. Leonard Lance, R-NJ, said these members will oppose the measure this afternoon.

A spokesperson for Rep Thomas Petri (WI) indicated that he will "not likely" vote for the bill.

And even though President Obama personally called on Rep Aaron Schock (IL) to support the measure while visiting the Caterpillar Plant in his district on Thursday, the Congressman's spokesman said he will be voting against it.

But Republican Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao, R-La, said he is now “leaning yes" on the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, after voting with all other Republicans against the House version last month. Cao said he’s still reading the bill, but thought some aspects of the legislation could help rebuilding efforts in his New Orleans district.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. FreeNLovIt

    I think Obie needs to be a bit more bold and include more fundings on certain areas. I think someone mentioned that X amount for infrastructure was just a SCRATCH. I'm all for taking out tax cuts for anyone. Clinton fueled the economy WITHOUT excessive tax cuts. Shame on all of us for asking for it!!

    February 13, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. ken

    Enough and we move on!

    February 13, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  3. Yveline

    What is the FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE HE THINKS THIS BILL NEED? Did he state it? Did he propose it?LOL

    February 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. go away mongers -Ventura CA


    February 13, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. Andy

    I will expect hell to freeze over before a repub votes yea on a stimulus package that would preserve jobs in their own districts.

    February 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Republicans Hate America

    They are about themselves and their money. They hate the children so they fight against educating them, well American children not the children of Iraq. They hate the sick, well the American sick not the sick in other countries because they run to help them. Tsunami–Katrina. They don't want Obama to do well and how do I know, well they say that they want him too.
    Hey Republicans this is American Love It Or Leave It as I have heard all of my life from you haters. You are a sick bunch and I hate you too. I wish I could run you all into the sea like the pigs in the bible that you claim to live by.
    No more money for Iraq. Stop reaching out to those dogs Mr. President.

    February 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Typical White Person

    The MSM is completely ignoring the health care council being set up by this "stimulus" bill.

    From Bloomberg dot com:

    The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

    In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

    If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill p@sses the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

    The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

    WAKE UP! Stop blindly following and do your homework. If the media won't do their job, you have to do it for yourself…and for you parents!

    Look at this legislation before you spout off the Democrat talking points about how the Bush administration was terrible for 8 years. If you can only defend your plan by criticizing the past you must not have much of a plan. And all I'm hearing from the Democrats and the Koolaide drinkers is criticism of Bush, not justification for this huge, invasive, bloated, debt-ridden legislation they are trying to sell us.

    February 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    You can always count on Republicans to let you down when the chips are down. Moderate, conservative, or libertarian, they don't care in the least about the struggles of the average working or poor American. All they really care about is big business and big money. This is NOT the type of party Lincoln or its early founders had in mind!

    February 13, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. c love

    Repugs do not want to compromise. It's all of what they want or nothing. They leave a bad smell in the air..

    February 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Diana NJ

    I hope these Moderate GOP REP hold true to their beliefs and DO NOT ALLOW ANY OF THE MONEY TO GO TO THEIR VOTERS OR FAMILIES WHO MIGHT BE HAVING TROUBLE.. THEY SHOULD LET THE MARKET TAKE CARE OF THEM. Mean while the reasonable Representatives who care about America, they should receive help.

    We do not want to compromise anyone.

    February 13, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. Mike

    I wish Mr. Obama all the best!

    February 13, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Patriot Guy

    Good. Sounds like the Republicans are getting their spines back. The ghost of Ronald Reagan is whispering to them. If they hang tough and do everything they can to obstruck and oppose B.O. and his socialist totalitarian agenda, In 2010 I predict they will take back both houses of Congress.

    February 13, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |

    Well what do you expect from republican's. they lost and will not get over it. they will never go along with a democratic administration. they are self centered. and will stay that way. if it is not a republican plan, no matter how wrong it is they will still be blockers of Obama's policy.

    February 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Kim

    Cripes. The GOP will water this thing down until it accomplishes their goal: "We told you it wouldn't work." Just watch. Don't fall for it, Mr. President.

    February 13, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. SG IN SD

    "Most mderate GOP reps unswayed on stimulus"

    mderate? Spell Check?

    February 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. Preston

    "moderate House Republican" – now there's an oxymoron.

    February 13, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Miller said she asked for more direct help for the ailing auto industry and was disappointed the tax credit for auto buyers was scaled back."

    Thank you own party.

    February 13, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Jim

    I would hope that they would not vote for something they don't agree with.

    February 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Wesman

    Of course not. The Repubs don't even flinch over a $2 trillion war, or Bush's other wasteful spending, but this stimulus package to get America rolling again–it's evidently the height of irresponsibility.
    Kudos to Sens. Snow, Collins, and Specter for having having common sense and backbone, despite a prevailing GOP backlash, to make this happen–one hopes!

    February 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. pierre joachim

    sometimes you have to make sacrifices to get to the next point. We need help noooow. why they don't let us know wht it would take them to vote YES?

    February 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  21. Regular People

    This isn't a surprise. The GOP message has been becoming less & less inclusive for years now. They have appealed to fewer people, and have consequently become a much smaller, more regional party. They've moved farther to the right, and have refused to compromise with their own countrymen on anything. The only thing they have compromised is their status as a national party.

    The ones that remain have shown no initiative on engaging their own neighbors in any real effort to get along on any subject, even when doing so could jeopardize the people of this country into catastrophe.

    Why would they change now?

    February 13, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Father Pfleger

    The devil is the details.
    Anyone know a good exorcist?

    February 13, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. nora California

    The problem here is that the Republicans are on a mission right now. That is to cause as many problems for the president as they can. The moderates are under pressure because the right wing nuts now run their party. The have to go along. The three who voted for the package did so only because they faced more problems in their states if they did not vote for it. All of this is getting the republicans what they crave and need, AIR TIME. The media need to stop trying to frame this as a problem with the president and call it what it is.

    February 13, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. J.P..

    When your doctor prescribes cyanide pills for you and the next five generations of your descendents, all because you have a cold today, you might begin to think the cure is worse than the sickness.

    No thanks... I'll take the painful 18-24 months of recession over the 100 years of economic slavery this bill contains.

    February 13, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |



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