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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  1. sherry

    Were these the same people that voted for invading Iraq and the billion's that the republican party has spent there.

    If I had a say so....I would want my tax dollar's spent on building my country back up then the money being spent in Iraq

    February 13, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. John

    The actions of the republicans in congress suggest that there are no moderate republicans, only loyal party members.

    The republicans got us into this economic mess with their eyes wide open and I for one don't think they want to change anything.

    February 13, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. J

    A real "News" outlet would have known and reported that Judd Gregg let a little too much information slip out when he said that Obama never could get GOP support n Stimulus.

    So while Huffington Post is asking questions about investigations for war crimes, places like CNN and the washington post are asking questions about how the president thought about A-Rod taking steriods.

    We need a serious change in media in this country.

    Search for:
    Gregg: Obama Never Could Get GOP Support On Stimulus

    February 13, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. republicans only love children before they're born

    It's so clear what's going on.

    Republicans are taking a gamble and turning their backs on this in the hopes that it fails – yes, they're hoping it fails and we go into a deeper recession. Then they will be able to say "I opposed the stimulus plan" in the 2010 elections and Americans will vote for them.

    That's a Republican for you – do what's needed to get elected, even if that means wishing ill on your own country.

    February 13, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. elaine

    they did not even read it all the way –1400 pages will it be made public???

    February 13, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. southerncousin

    Just had my pay cut 5% and Obama and the leftists heap another $25K on my tax bill and the pot smoking, non working contributors to these pages call me an obstructionist and racist. It's crazy. But at least it is showing the world we were right when we said this was what would happen if people were insane enough to elect Hussein.

    February 13, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. carlo

    GOP had decided to obstruct from day one. This comes as no suprise to those of us who have discovered that they care nothing about his country.

    February 13, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Grog in Ohio

    Which leaves one to wonder why anyone bothered to address Republican concerns in the first place if they STILL won't vote for it.

    February 13, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. wasabe kid

    Multiple choice quiz:
    And what do Republicans propose in its place?
    A. Nothing?
    B. Let the "free market" magic solve all our problems?
    C. A tax cut for the rich?
    D. Corporate deregulation?

    February 13, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. Cal

    Enough kow towing to the do nothing Congressional Republicans. They only want one thing...a failed Obama administration and they will do anything they can to try and make that happen. They are only interested in rallying their base , and if that means throwing the country over a cliff for a few more Limbaugh crowd votes they will be more than happy to oblige.

    February 13, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. NEL E BELL


    February 13, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    Haven't the Republican learned by now that their stunts do not pay off.
    Palin's rallying the base didn't, McCain's campaign suspension didn't, revising Bush's history didn't, yet they keep trying bless their hearts. So many advanced degrees, so little common sense!

    February 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    If you have job, paying all your on time. have health care, food on your table, making your house payment and money in the bank you don"t need a stimulus package. But if you're unemployed, no money in bank, can't pay your bill, forclosure on your home you mite some help. Tax Cut Tax Cut the Republican say.stop the spending. After all spending they did for eight years. So what is a tax cut if you don't have a job

    February 13, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Griff

    GOP! "Gamble on Preservation.".. Not Total destruction...

    February 13, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Eyckie

    It's time to steam roll over Republicans Mr. Obama and leave them behind. It's time to wipe the Republican spit off of your face and move on. They have unanimously kicked you in the jewels and they can't be saved. However, the American people can so get on with the nation's business and forget about them like everyone else will in 2010, 2012, 2016, 2020 etc. etc.

    February 13, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Jane (Minnesota)

    Are they really moderate or just talking a good game?

    February 13, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Jonathan

    As a republican, I will say that I neither hope the stimulus will fail, nor do I think it will be a failure in the immediate future. I just think that tax cuts that are as permanent as they can be (I understand that tax cuts are required to have a sunset) will be more successful especially for long term sustained growth then spending. I am not talking about one time tax rebates that Bush gave. Those do nothing. I am talking about tax cuts across the board for a extended period of time. I also understand that I am currently in the minority in that school of thought, but that is what makes democracy so great.

    February 13, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Jerry D.

    Republicans stop pushing again the American People for Change. We will seek change no matter what it cost.

    February 13, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. white female

    Republicans will reap what they sow, very soon, so just hold on to your hat because help is on the way every thing is going to be all right.
    God Bless America, and President Obama.
    Republicans are acting just like Children because they didn't win, this is so Childish grown men acting like this. The Horse is out the barn people get over it, this man has won, clean fair, and square he beat you FOOLS at your own so all game of polly, shut up sit down, and play ball our way, or leave the game. We will keep moving on and you'll will see how the game is to be played by this Admin. of President Obama Team. And don't think for a minute that you are not being watch closely with your nasty attitudes you want get back in the House ever with that s#$ty attitude.
    May God Bless President Obama and his lovely Family, and his Admin.

    February 13, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. Rachel

    The Republicans care more about their party then they do about the American people. They know that things are not going to get better gith away no matter what – so this gives them the opportunity to attack Obama for 4 years. Shame on them. They truly believe most Americans are dumb and we have to show them we are not dumb and see through what they are doing. Those of you supporting them-please try to open up your minds, do not just believe what you hear on Fox or from Limbaugh. These people have other motives-ratings and their own pocketbooks.

    February 13, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Bridgette

    I wish all of these politician can forget their party affiliations and think about the citizens first for a change. Put us first and not your party. I find it hard to believe that not one Republican in the house does not like this bill. They come different parts of the country and they don't all think alike. They have been told not to vote for this bill.

    February 13, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Viv, Utah

    Perhaps you should consider that the right doesn't want to sign on because they don't actually think it will work. Have you ever considered that possibility. Of course it is only the left that wants the best for their country. I see that clearly now lol.

    February 13, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. yuri

    The GOP is a really a GOP in the rear (Group Of Pains). Their true color is also a GOP, Great and Ostentatious Paint. Bravo! Keep it up!
    Let's all celebrate with a champagne.

    February 13, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    @ republicans only love...

    No. The GOP woul dbe committing political suicide to block it entirely. They're trying to eviscerate its effectiveness and have ONLY the 3 most moderate of their group vote for it because those constituencies would be least upset about it. For example, they can't really nail Specter because that would hand his seat to a Dem...look at the Red/Blue county maps and figure it out. Philly is bleeding Republicans into the more suburban and rural areas as it is.

    February 13, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  25. Bluest skys are in Seattle

    Are you for the good of all people and your Country or is your party top priority?
    Words I have never forgotten hearing.
    "Republicans are for the rich and Democrats are for the poor."
    "That it isn 't what you know its who you know."

    February 13, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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