February 17th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP offers mixed reaction to stimulus bill

 Obama signed the stimulus bill in Colorado Tuesday.
Obama signed the stimulus bill in Colorado Tuesday.

(CNN) - As President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, Republicans offered mixed views on whether they believe it will ultimately be effective.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and House Republican Leader John Boehner both said the measure will fail to create jobs, while Florida Gov. Charlie Crist hailed the effects the bill will have on his state.

“At a time when Florida is facing historic economic challenges mirrored across the country, these federal stimulus dollars will help Florida meet critical needs in education, transportation and Medicaid," Crist said in a statement.

Other Republican governors have not been as supportive of the package, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"We’ll need to look at the federal funding on a case-by-case basis," Palin said in a statement.

And Boehner, who successfully led his party to universally oppose the measure in the House, called it a "raw deal for American families."

“Our nation is in recession, and responsible action is required to help our economy protect and create jobs. This isn’t it," he said.


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soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. Griff

    You must be talking about: "Donald the Poop"...

    February 17, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Krystyn

    Well, then let these GOP governors stand tall and refuse the money. Do what they think is right for their state. And we shall all see the outcomes.

    February 17, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Senator Bonehead, oops, I mean Boehner will regret voting against this bill. I don't understand why the republicans think that tax breaks are the solution to everything. Look at where it got us.

    February 17, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. julia

    Its really time for Republicans to stop doing what they think is politically expedient and start doing what is right.

    February 17, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Ryan

    Why is Palin mentioned again? Who cares what comes out of her mouth

    February 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  6. ANGIE-OH

    Well the senators who are so dead set against the stimulus package should turn the money down. Just don't take it.

    February 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Kimberly

    Notice that the GOP still can't come up with a plan themselves, but they can sure tell you whats wrong with everything. The Repubican Party has become laughable. They need to be voted out. They vote for the Party and NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    February 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    WHO CARES WHAT PALIN THINKS... OR EVEN IF SHE THINKS??? SHE'S YESTERDAY'S MASHED POTATOES AND ABOUT AS SMART.

    February 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. irishny

    Nearly a trillion more in debt.
    That money is coming out of YOUR pockets,and is coming from foreign loans.
    This is REAL money that will ahve to be paid back.
    This will do far more harm than god

    February 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Joe Six Pack

    Oh, pipe down already! Lets work together and get this country back on track...

    February 17, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. boered1

    so Mr. "this is not it" What is the solution? Cut taxes on the rich? Trickle down economics DOESN'T WROK!! EXXON POSTED RECORD PROFITS FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS AND CUT PEORSONEL!! BY YOUR THEORY THEY SHOULD AHVE HIRED BUT INSTEAD THEY FIRED!!!!EXPLAIN THAT!!

    I would rather pay taxes so the Government can build infrastructure, whether it be a high speed rail, road repairs, funding for start up companies or pay off a debt we, as a country owe, to those who helped us during WWII than to pay taxes so that the big three, big oil and Wall Street can get tax breaks.

    idiots

    February 17, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. I can see Canada from my house!

    Why the split between governors and the congressional delegation? Could it be that that Crist knows something that Boehner, Palin, et all, do not? I've never seen a group of people salivating for failure in my life with such glee. Its sad and depressing. Perhaps its because tax cuts alone have been found to be ineffective in creating jobs, encouraging investment, etc. You can't have everythign and expect not to pay for it. Typical conservative credit-card economics.

    February 17, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Ray Ray

    Rabid Palin-hating loons spewing hate in 3...2....1

    February 17, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. PaulMoATX

    All these pessimists do is complain and whine, but have nothing to offer except the same rhetoric that got us into this mess over the last 8 years; the lame trickle down affect with tax cuts only. Unfortunately, that is 20th century thinking and we need 21st century action in order to get out of this mess the previous administration left behind for us to inherit.

    Our deficit would be nowhere near what it is now if we didn't spend close to a trillion dollars on a war that should have never been waged. Republicans have zero credibility at this point in time and if they don't start supporting what is right for America, they will be out of a job in the next couple of years when the bill has taken full-effect and produced the necessary jobs as expected.

    February 17, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. change in America

    If it dont work with the stimulas bill aleast President Obama tried to help the economy which the republicans got us in this mess.
    We need to vote the republicans out of the office 2010

    February 17, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  16. Nikole

    Palin's statement sounds like she wants to say this is bad, but whatever her state gets is good.

    February 17, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  17. Doug in New Mexico

    It is the Republicans who got us into this mess in the first place. Now they are going to criticize how the Democrats attempt to fix the economy. It just boggles the mind. I think that the Republican solution is to start a war that would put people to work. Doesn't anyone see the idiocy of their stance?

    February 17, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. MAD

    Something tells me the GOP Govenors know something the members of Congress don't.

    February 17, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Snake eyes

    THOSE IN CONGRESS WHO KEEP SLAMMING THE PLAN CAN KINDLY TURN DOWN THE AID COMING TO THEIR STATE.

    IF YOU TALK THE TALK YOU BETTER WALK THE WALK.

    February 17, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Big Ed

    Hey Boehner, instead of always compaining- why don't you lead the charge to help all the Americans in dire straights! You seem to have all the answers, be a leader instead of a whiner!

    February 17, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. yuri

    Boener's proverbial truculent tone from sheer dander, reverberates in his message about the bill. We have never seen him smile ONCE. C'mon Boener! Life is short. So do not shout. It may fall on deaf ears.

    February 17, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. TOM

    When George W. was in the WhiteHouse the Repubicans didn't have to read a thing...they just rubber-stamped everything that came down the pike.....funny, how the tables have turned on them.

    February 17, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Matt B

    The Dems are turning out to be bigger disasters than the Repubs. This country is in some serious trouble.

    February 17, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  24. Chris from NY

    Who cares about what the Republicans think at this time. The measure has already been signed in to law. Those Governors who don't like it should not take it. It seems like the Republicans are still campaigning. The election has since been over on Nov 4 08. Obama is a black man. That's why the Republicans are rooting for him to fail. Michael Steel as the head of the Republicans do not negate the fact that the Republicans are haters, subconsciously.

    February 17, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  25. Patriot Guy

    Simply the most irresponsible, wreckless, and outright dumb thing I have ever seen my government do. I really think this is a watershed moment in American history.......and NOT a good one.

    February 17, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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