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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  1. Will-South Dakota

    Is the GOP leadership telling their states Governors to turn down and refuse to accept any money coming their way from the stimulus bill? McConnell and Boehner offer NO leadership to their party and certainly not to the American People.

    February 17, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Peggy - TX

    The republicans are hoping the US does badly. Obviously they placed tghier bets on stimulus failing. They continue to hammer for tax cuts to let their wealthy constituents know the are continuing to [promote their pet issues, but reducing capital gains is hardly the answer to every problem. Ron Paul can preach the flat tax and similarly others can talk idealistically about the virtues of pure capitalism, but their proposed solutions will never be implementing, so they do not need to make realistic proposals, just proposals that appeal to their particular constituents.

    Given the poor selections of viable options, Obama at least did something to mediate the current crisis, and in fact it will likely take a long while to turn the economy. Of course there is the risk that the economy will be slower to turn around then the people have patients, but he is standing behind his actions. His only fault is that he compromised at all. He is showing the makings of a great leader and the Republicans betting on failure will find themselves on the wrong side of history once again.

    February 17, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Workinwithu

    The democracy is voting! Republicans didn't win for a reason!

    February 17, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. Oliva - Colorado

    Notice the Republicans don't have any solutions, but they can sure condemn.

    February 17, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. fearful for my country

    This is for all the Governor's whining about needing money from the Government. STOP taking care of illegal aliens! Take care of your own people. You know, the ones paying taxes and are legal residents. The whole reason our states are broke is because of the illegals. It's time to contact your State represenatives and tell then NO MORE. Send the illegals home and lets get our country back on track!

    February 17, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. John

    GOP offers "mixed" reaction to stimulus bill?

    Sounds like the GOP is setting itself up to either claim credit or avoid blame, whichever hedge eventually proves to be more expedient.

    February 17, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. congress stinks

    Doug in New Mexico, get your facts straight, it was not the Republicans that got us into this mess. It was Congress. Year after year, whether its democrat controlled or republican controlled, they (Congress) will not work together and spend their time blaming the previous administration. Things Clinton did also contributed to this mess, investors, businesses all had a hand in this. Everyone wants to make this a political party blame game, seems like the real crooks are the ones that run many large companies. They made money at our expense and this has happened for the past 30 years. WalMart and other large retail giants, greedy auto unions have either encourage manufacturing jobs to go over seas or outpriced our cars in comparison to imports. Yet every year, Congress does nothing because both parties get their pockets lined by these same greedy people. Then, we as americans keep reelecting the same people to congress every year.

    February 17, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Doug in New Mexico February 17th, 2009 4:54 pm ET
    It is the Republicans who got us into this mess in the first place.
    -------------–
    And you are telling me the democrats had nothing to do with this? Clinton, a Dem forced banks to give bad loans. Frank and Dodd, both dems sat in leadership positions on house and senate commitees becuase Dems have been in control for the last 2 years! I would agree the repubs were anything but conseravtive during Bush BUT, your half truths are at best dishonest and at worst just ignorant! There is enough blame for both parties! To lay this at the feet of only repubs is proof you are a partisan hack!

    February 17, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Paul

    Nice of the GOP to deride a plan to fix the mess they got us in and couldn't solve. Typical cover your butt politicizing.

    February 17, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. John

    John 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.

    Where was your concern for all Americans when you let GWB send your economy into a tail spin with his trillion dollar spending spree.

    REPUBLICAN HYPOCRITS

    February 17, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. RadInCalifornia

    All those who oppose the stimulus bill, please refuse any and all money you may be eligible to receive for you and/or your constituents.

    February 17, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  12. mamosa

    Can the Republicans who opposed the Bill refuse the money for their districts? That would be the strongest statement against it.

    February 17, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  13. Yolanda

    Gov. Palin is against the Stimulus Bill........but you can bet your bottom dollar she'll take the $$$ for the state of Alaska! What a MORON!

    February 17, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. Ray Ray

    The reaction most telling – Wall Street: 300 point LOSS!!!

    The "money people" already know what a loser Obama is. When Obama was elected on Nov 5, 2008 – the Stock Market was over 9100 points.

    Today – 7550.

    The sad reality... most obamabots don't have 401k's or anything of value aside from their cell phone. They could care less Obama and the Democrats are driving this country into Euro-socialistic programs and ripping the very fabric that made our country great!

    February 17, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Bankrupt in Tx

    to Matt B....Why do Repuglicans only want to try to sabatoge Obama's efforts to promote economic recovery, after what Bush did? Can't they try to be more productive than just trying to make Obama fail? Repuglicans benefited from the economic growth of the Clinton years, which is what Obama is trying to achieve, but we are in a big hole. What spending do Repugs propose to cut in the next budget to reduce the deficit? (...silence...). I guess Repugs will do anything Rush tells them to regardless of the harm to the economy caused by their obstructionism. Sending regular people like me into bankruptcy.

    February 17, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  16. Rich, Alexandria, Virginia.

    Our country needs something. Hopefully this it, and hopefully things will get better soon.

    February 17, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  17. Jeanne

    This spending bill is a joke. The only thing it's stimulating is higher taxes. What do you expect when you elect someone whose only accomplishment is reading a good tele-prompter speech. I don't know if we'll ever recover from his presidency.

    February 17, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. Bethie

    I'll NEVER vote for another Republican, not even for local dog-catcher.

    February 17, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Mike k

    I totally agree with snake eyes, any governor or other elected official who thinks the stimulus plan is a bad idea should not take any of the funds available. To do otherwise would be hypocritical, but then again, Republicans wrote the definition of hypocrisy. I really love those Republican reps from South Carolina and Alaska who voted against the bill but praised all that it will do for their states. I am sure Sarah Palin will take the money, after all, she took the money for the bridge to nowhere even after it was canceled.

    For Republicans to bash this bill after their policies got us into this mess plus created most of our current national debt is beyond belief. Well, then again, we are dealing with Republicans so what do you expect. Never forget 80% of our national debt occurred while Reagan and Bush's I & II were president .

    February 17, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. mk

    How many times did we hear the Repubs and others say this about the Iraq Bill
    "I didn't read it, my staffers read it and briefed me"
    Now suddenly, readin bills is a crucial thing for the Repubs?
    Give me a break!!

    February 17, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  21. LT in Texas

    Can"t wait to see how many conservatives line up to bash the plan without having read the details or giving it a chnce.

    Something needs to be done. The ways of the last administration and Congress got us into this mess. We need to work together to get out of it. All the arguments and bickering about what thwe plan doesn't do, in counterproductive.

    It is amazing that so many people who call themselves leaders, aren't stepping up and coming up with bi-partisan plans to actually create jobs and fix this mess.

    Country-First? I call foul!

    February 17, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. PaulMoATX

    Can you please post ticker man?

    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 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Stefan

    @Doug & Change –

    It is because of uneducated and mindless people like yourself that we're in this mess. You all voted for the Dems in 2006 and allowed them to control Congress and sit as Chairs on committees such as the Banking Committee and House & Ways...Frank, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Kennedy, et al, are the reason we are in this mess. Well, put Bush in there for rolling over and allowing the Dems to do whatever they wanted these last two years.

    So, wake up, actually read something for a change, and quit regurgitating what you hear from the left-wing liberal garbage talkers knit-wits like Keith Olbermann.

    You voted for Obama – you got him. He just made our country even worse than it was...thats the difference between Repubs and Dems though. Repubs believe that people are inheritantly good and can achieve the American dream if you live within your means. Dems believe that you should be entitled to everything and allowed to live beyond your means and then bailed out.

    February 17, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Barb

    The Republicans are looking like they are all dead weight....and they're doing a fine job of proving it. VOTE THE REPUBLICANS OUT!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  25. mike from Indiana

    Boehner comment of a "raw deal for American families", and exactly who was it that started this whole mess, oh yes the Republican leadership in both Houses of Congress from say oh. 6 or so years. With Complete Republican control by the numbers and influence on the system... and they who created this mess have the audacity to blast the Democrats for doing something as oppose to you ( House and Senate Republicans) who did nothing...an interesting chain of events wouldn’t you say.. Big problems created by the Republicans require big solutions to solve them and Band-Aid isn’t going to stop the bleeding of a flesh wound.

    February 17, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
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