February 17th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
5 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. LT in Texas

    So Louisiana and Alaska will turn down any Federal money stemming from the stimulus package? Let's wait and see…

    They need bridges still to see their neighbors!

    February 17, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  2. Trent

    The Republicans don't have a mind of their own...they vote strictly along Party lines. DEAD WEIGHT.

    February 17, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. tiff of Lithia Springs

    Jindal needs to just be quiet, last time I check New Orleans was still floatin' in disaster and many people would love to come home but they don't have enough money for teachers and policeman. This would be for safety and so that people can go to work folks.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS BIPARTISAN THINKING!!!!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Yolanda of NJ

    if they are against it....don't take any money. More for NJ!

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

    O.K. Mr. Boehner, if you are so smart and know so much about economics what is your solution? I believe that you are just another
    sour grape republican. How can you be so unfeeling for the American
    people to not even give a little support to Pres. Obama. You failed during the last 8 years so move over and give the New Pres. a chance.

    February 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  6. Louis

    I voted for Obama and am very disappointed by this stimulus bill. It is filled with wasteful spending and will expand an already bloated government. Hope and change are not in this legislation.

    February 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. ran

    It just angers me that the republicans,even after the bill is now law, continue to be obstructionist and nah Sayers. The bill has just been signed into law and they want even give it a chance as if they want it to fail. How sad.

    February 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. DG

    Since when did Boehner ever care about the American people? He never has and neither have any of the other Republican lawmakers. They had no intention of helping Obama and are hoping he fails. They would sit on their big fat behinds and watch all the states collapse one by one. They won't care either. And they have the nerve to say that smart aleck Eric Cantor is the next Newt Gingrich. Well, we have all been there, done that and wore that tee shirt. We want no part of another Newt Gingrich. If we did, we would have kept him when he was in Washington. He needs to crawl back into the woodwork and stay there. The Dems are finally back in power so let's keep it that way and take back America!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. Matt in MN

    David in CA "So Louisiana and Alaska will turn down any Federal money stemming from the stimulus package? Let's wait and see…"

    Are Louisiana and Alaska going to have to PAY for the stimulus package if they refuse the federal money? Because If that's the case I pray that Minnesota rejects the federal money (and that would totally screw with the MN House Democrats plan to just send up committees to help spread the federal money around, as a way to balance MN's budget)

    February 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. J.P.

    I have to give the liberals credit, they KNOW P.R. and they wield it like a lightsaber.

    Liberals are amazing at mind control and keeping America spouting the liberal mantra... giving food-stamp mortgages to deadbeats who were guaranteed to defaut is what created the mortgage mess, which caused the banking mess, the credit freeze and the current down downturn.

    Yet somehow, the notion of conservatives wanting people to keep more of their own paychecks (lower taxes) is what "caused this mess."

    This is literally like the bank robber saying the bank caused the robbery. I thought liberals didn't believe in blaming the victim.

    February 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. MysteriousTraveller

    GOP = irrelevant.

    February 17, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. USA LOVER

    Janet, Ohio...

    They had three weeks to read it. (but watch this....)

    AND IF THEY DIDN'T READ IT, HOW DO THEY KNOW IT WON'T WORK?

    February 17, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. HENRY

    IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND THE REPUBLICANS GAME PLAN.
    THEY OBVIOUSLY BELIEVE NOTHING IS BETTER THAN SOMETHING. ALSO THERE HAS TO BE A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CONGRESS AND THE STATE OFFICIALS – IF NOT NOW – WHEN THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS WILL BE IN THE LINE WITH EVERYONE ELSE. ALSO THERE HAS BEEN NO MEANINGFUL ATTEMPT BY THE LEADERSHIP TO EITHER EXPLAIN OR APOLOGIZE FOR THE MESS THAT THERE ADMINISTRATION BROUGHT ABOUT. ADDED TO ALL THIS IS THE PERCEPTION IS THAT THEY IGNORED OBAMA'S OVERTURES.

    ONE WONDERS WHAT THEIR NEXT MOVE MIGHT BE? OPPOSE THE TROOP INCREASE IN AFGHANISTAN?

    February 17, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  14. Hammer

    If you will check the jobs created are for illegal immigrants.
    The 94% employed Americans are left to pay for Obamas gamble, with only the prospect of being forced to pay higher taxes.

    February 17, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. liberal fools

    Good grief you people are stupid!! YOUR boy just signed into law a bill that takes on more debt than we have ever had before in the history of this nation. Do you not understand the seriousness of that? I hope this works (which I don't think it will considering it is nothing more than a 20 year democratic wish list) and when it doesn't, we are screwed and all you can say is "at least he tried" while blaming Bush for this? Wake up idiots

    February 17, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

    I GUESS IF I HAD A COMFORTABLE $100K+ JOB AND I'M CURRENT ON MY MORTGAGE AND ALL OTHER BILLS THEN I WOULD TAKE THE "DO NOTHING-ALWAYS CRITCIZE" STANCE. THE SAD PART ABOUT THIS IS THAT THE SAME PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN SCREWED BY 8 YEARS OF THE REPUBLICANS' POLICIES (POOR, RURAL, NO COLLEGE DEGREE) "STILL" SUPPORT THIS INSANE BEHAVIOR BY THEIR CURRENT REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME EXPECTING A DIFERENT OUTCOME!

    February 17, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Lucieann

    Was it responsible to do nothing?

    February 17, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Clover

    The country is trying to pull ahead. Trouble is, we're pulling dead weight Republicans that vote strictly along their party lines.

    February 17, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. will

    fyi, the State bailouts are mostly to blue states....the more things change the more they stay the same!

    February 17, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Stefan

    @kimberly – just shows your ignorance and unwillingness to look past the kool-aid. Repubs did offer up an alternate plan that would have close 1/2 as much and created 2x the jobs. And, this was based on numbers ran by the CBO – congressional budget office which is Obama's own people now. So, step back, and think an honest thought before spewing your kool-aid regurgitated comments.

    February 17, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Accountability

    I hope those Republican Governors who think this was a bad idea don't take the money...then face their voters....yeah...thought so....

    February 17, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    I didn't know he could write. He probably printed out his name.

    February 17, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. Gene

    There's no way that this package won't create jobs.. it may not hit its "4 million jobs" goal.. but it will create at least that.. which in itself will stimulate the economy.

    The fact is that the republicans don't just want the plan to fail... they're banking on it to fail... they're putting their careers on the line and cheering for it to fail.

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

    The nerve of these moron Republicans. They were in power for 8 years, as a result of that is this whole mess we are in now!!!!!!!!!!

    Republicans didn't have a plan, don't have a plan, will never have a plan to solve these problems for the American people, THEY ALLOWED WALL STREET AND THE MORON BUSH TO GET US HERE, which means...............they should keep their mouths SHOT! They should be walking with their tail between their legs and their big mouth closed.

    February 17, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Judy

    Let's see if Palin and Jindal take any of the money for their states. They are both hypocrits! Boehner can say this bill won't work till the cows come home, but where is his plan??? It's very easy to criticize and do nothing. It's much harder to stand for something and get it done. I applaud our President for his courage.

    February 17, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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