February 21st, 2009
03:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Nation's governors convene in Washington

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is one of several governors in Washington.
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is one of several governors in Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - "This country is facing an economic recession probably the single most challenging in any our lifetimes." With that, Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Edward Rendell opened the annual meeting of the National Governors Association Saturday.

Most of the nation's governors are in Washington through Monday for a series of events that include at least two meetings with President Barack Obama.

During an introductory statement, Rendell, who chairs the NGA, touched on the importance of the $787 billion economic stimulus plan signed by President Obama to help states as they cope with the effects of the recession.

"The bill that was passed by both chambers and signed by the President isn't a perfect bill. But it's a bill that is of tremendous help to us," said Rendell.

Programming note: The following governors will appear on "State of the Union with John King" on Sunday: Haley Barbour, R-Mississippi, Deval Patrick, D-Massachusetts, Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-California, Brian Schweitzer, D-Montana.

Vermont Republican Gov. James Douglas, NGA vice chairman, added that each governor who accepts money has a responsibility to use it wisely. "I believe every governor should and will exercise due diligence to make sure that the acceptance of any federal resources is in the best interests of that state and its residents," Douglas said.

Investment in the country's infrastructure was the predominant theme during the opening remarks. Significant investment in health technology, alternative energy and broadband development were also mentioned as ways the United States can get back on steadier economic ground.

Rendell said a joint effort between Capitol Hill and the White House has resulted in a bill that will hopefully help turn around the economy while keeping an eye on tomorrow. "I think the President and Congress should be credited for doing things in this bill to look towards the future," Rendell said.

The nation's governors will have dinner with President Obama and Mrs. Obama Sunday evening at the White House. The governors are also scheduled to meet a final time with the President on Monday before departing for their respective states.


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  1. tm

    Can other state officials go over the governor and get money any how?

    February 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    The psychology is needed to get moving...From the top, we got a plan with a multi legged stool and it is more than anythging that was passed in the past that actually looked at the future and not just at some immediate fix that will not last! It is time for all leaders at all level to get behind the President for the good of the country.

    February 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Will Governor Caribou "I Know-It-All" Barbie from Alaska be there?!

    Never mind, it's a brain-storming session; she's not qualified!

    February 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Heidi

    Gov need to get on board for the stimlus bill especially the Republican Gov's. This country doesn't need back biting and BS!!!

    We need to get this country back on track, and we need to do what the Pres has said, we need to do what will work, if we can do it with Republicans good deal, if not so be it.

    February 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. Obambi

    4 Govs–all liberals–Vermont and Calif and Mass–stealing from the rest of us because they overspent. And Rendell just goes along with it. Good luck, America–be ready to continue to pay. The doom and gloom bunch.

    February 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. joe

    Did Palin bring Bristol, trig, track and the rest?

    Just wondering....

    February 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Judy from PA

    How exactly does a person get that tan in February in PA??

    February 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Chris P

    I hope the Republican Governors who were so proudly against the Recovery/Stimulus will be honest enough to NOT take any of the money for their states. Let their citizens decide their fate in the next election. Many of them, and Republican members of Congress who voted against the Bill, are now toughting its benefits to their constituents. What a bunch of hypocrits!

    February 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Susan

    Wouldn't you like to be "a fly on the wall" in that room? I'd love to see all the "posturing" that must be going on!

    February 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Nita

    Where is Sarah Palin???????

    February 21, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. Willy Brown

    Looks like all the democrat Gov's will be at the head of the soup line with 2 bowls in hand for some porkulas bill money.

    February 21, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. AMORY SOMMARIPA

    It seems as if the Governors have a lot more reasons to support the stimulus plans than do their Senators and Representatives who seem to be entirely influnced by partisan concerns.

    February 21, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. patrick Ernst

    It is unbelievable that neo-conservative Governor's will hold their constituents hostage by not using the stimulus funds. Louisiana, you now know to begin planning on voting for a new governor when the current term ends. Your gov would rather see you suffer and die rather than provide for those in need all for the sake of not making his base (conservatives) angry at him. It's all about keeping power......

    February 21, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Mary

    Those governors that say , "They wont take the money needs to stop lying to the people. When they take the money, will they say as Flip Wilson said. "The devil made me do it?" Lets me real, if they are so good about the deficit , why are there states in such a mess? America wake up.

    February 21, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  15. Independent_me

    For those Repug Governors who are not going to take the stimulus money – please send it to California – Gov. Arnold says he needs it!

    February 21, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  16. Texas Teacher

    Screw those governors! They are showing us just which ones of them would be happy to take the money if it meant that they could line their pockets with the money! That is why they don't want it! They don't want the transparency! They don't want to admit that no one is going to give anyone anything for free! All those people will get is a second chance to pay their mortgages. They will get a smaller % on the loan, but that will mean nothing in the long run because they will be payinng their loan... it will just take them a whole lot longer! These ass holes know it! But they are working the fear thing because with Limbaugh's aid they can make the people believe it!

    I am so sick of these bozos who work on people's fear and lack of knowledge and the media watchs and says NOTHING!
    TRUST ME... LIMBAUGH AND HANNITY AND ALL OF THEIR ILK LOVE IT!

    February 21, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Texas Teacher

    Screw those governors! They are showing us just which ones of them would be happy to take the money if it meant that they could line their pockets with the money! That is why they don't want it! They don't want the transparency! They don't want to admit that no one is going to give anyone anything for free!

    February 21, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Texas Teacher

    All those people will get is a second chance to pay their mortgages. They will get a smaller % on the loan, but that will mean nothing in the long run because they will be payinng their loan... it will just take them a whole lot longer! These ass holes know it! But they are working the fear thing because with Limbaugh's aid they can make the people believe it!

    I am so sick of these bozos who work on people's fear and lack of knowledge and the media watchs and says NOTHING!
    TRUST ME... LIMBAUGH AND HANNITY AND ALL OF THEIR ILK LOVE IT!

    February 21, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Franky

    "Racist, unfunny, hilarious, confusing, lame."

    You can say that again, LOL!! You know, it is a big misconception, and as a matter of fact, is misrepresented wrong and I don't blame anyone in particular because in the end, whoever published is responsible for it, not external forces...

    You know, is funny because putting satire into a cartoon is pretty difficult. While I do admit that I'm not a good artist myself, I have friends who have been drawing for years and decades. These guys works make political cartoons or editorial cartoons look like nothing. You know, since some are in the good mood and we are just relaxing, I just wanna explain one the boys drew a couple weeks ago...

    It starts out as class and on the blackboard, it is called, "Pick your idea week." And while my boy is on the front of the class explaining to the kids(Dems and GOP), he has the Dems marked up and the GOP as well. Is funny because the Dems are just pushing and picking my boy all over the class, one example, he(my boy) has Nancy Pelosi on top of his head while she's speaking alot(LOL!!). And he has the GOP on a single line like if they are following instructions, you know, just like in class with their papers ready and so on. And with the assistant(Joe Biden) there to help out, he looks at the GOP and my boy wrote..."You know, there's a 30% chance your ideas are worth it." You know, referencing Joe considering how much he speaks. And last but not least, while the Dems are pushing, picking on my boy and the GOP just staying in line like if they care, on one of the tables a book is there and it says..."Bipartisanship: Overrated." LOL!!!

    Is cool, hopefully I can release some because they are clever. And we have subject ranging from anything, they like to draw...

    (Ohhh look!! If it isn't my best friend Gov Rendell...)

    February 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Texas Teacher

    All those people will get is a second chance to pay their mortgages. They will get a smaller % on the loan, but that will mean nothing in the long run because they will be payinng their loan... it will just take them a whole lot longer! These ass holes know it! But they are working the fear thing because with Limbaugh's aid they can make the people believe it!

    February 21, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Texas Teacher

    SCARED TO POST IT, RIGHT! IT PAINTS YOU EXACTLY THE COLOR YOU ARE... AND IT AIN'T BLACK OR WHITE...IT'S MORE LIKE GREEN!

    All those people will get is a second chance to pay their mortgages. They will get a smaller % on the loan, but that will mean nothing in the long run because they will be payinng their loan... it will just take them a whole lot longer! These SOBS know it! But they are working the fear thing because with Limbaugh's aid they can make the people believe it!

    I am so sick of these bozos who work on people's fear and lack of knowledge and the media watchs and says NOTHING!
    TRUST ME... LIMBAUGH AND HANNITY AND ALL OF THEIR ILK LOVE IT!

    February 21, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Rob

    Like foolish little slobbering children at the candy case ! What are you going to do in a few more years, when you're right back in the same financial position ?

    February 21, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. KathyC in MInnesota

    Will Bobby Jindal and Sarah Palin be saying......

    "Thanks, but no thanks to the billions of dollars that will keep people employed and help our states."

    I dare both Palin and Jindal to turn down the money. That would spell political disaster for them in their Presidential runs if they do.i

    February 21, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. annie - Palin 2012

    What a lousy group to be on the state of the union with john (I'm in love with obama)king. Would be nice for once to have both sides of the picture.

    February 21, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Typical White Person

    Any governors who disagree with the bill should refuse the money and get an exemption for their citizens from having to pay back the debt.

    February 21, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
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