July 6th, 2009
05:21 AM ET
5 years ago

Stimulus money needs to be spent faster, Dems say

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Sunday that the president's $787 billion dollar stimulus plan was taking too long to create jobs in the struggling economy.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Sunday that the president's $787 billion dollar stimulus plan was taking too long to create jobs in the struggling economy.

(CNN) - A leading congressional Democrat and Republican both expressed disappointment Sunday with the pace of the government's economic stimulus program, but offered differing views on whether it was a good idea.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said allocating the $787 billion in the stimulus package pushed by President Barack Obama to create jobs was taking too long.

"We're disappointed," Hoyer, D-Maryland, told "FOX News Sunday." "We're looking at ways to get the money out more quickly."

Hoyer's Republican counterpart, Rep. John Boehner, said on the same program that the stimulus bill passed by Congress in February was flawed.

"You can't spend $800 billion of taxpayer money and not create jobs, when you say that's what the bill was for," Boehner, of Ohio, complained. Boehner said the bill only funds more government, rather than creating private sector jobs.

Democrats, led by Vice President Joe Biden, contend the stimulus money will begin launching more construction projects and other job-creating programs now that necessary mechanisms have been established and contracts signed.

"This was set up to spend out over 18 months," Biden said in an interview with ABC's "This Week" program. "There are going to be major programs that are going to take effect in September - $7.5 billion for broadband, new money for high-speed rail, the implementation of ... the new electric grid. And so this is just starting."

Neither Biden nor Hoyer would comment on whether an additional economic stimulus package is necessary to help pull the U.S. economy out of recession. The latest unemployment figures issued last week showed a 9.5 percent jobless rate, the highest in more than two decades.

Boehner, however, warned against more government spending to heal the economic problems.

"I don't believe it will create jobs," he said, calling instead for reduced taxes to let small business and consumers spend their money as they choose.

Boehner called the scope and speed of Obama's domestic agenda - which so far includes the stimulus package, a health care overhaul now working its way through Congress and an energy bill to combat global warming passed by the House - "nothing short of breathtaking."

The end result, he said, would be "bigger government, higher taxes, less freedom for the American people."


Filed under: economic stimulus • Joe Biden • John Boehner • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. KirksNoseHair

    Any chance that our republican friends will give this bill a chance to work and stop the knee-jerk opposition to it for a few months?

    Why don't we take a wait and see approach here, folks? IT took a LONG 8 years of gross mismanagement and unchecked spending by YOU (I'm looking at you, conservatives, who have had control of everything for 7 of the last 10 years) to get us here, do you really think one bill and a few months is going to erase all of the damage you've done?

    July 6, 2009 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  2. Sherrie

    Democrat or not, I guess they don't quite know how to spend money when they think someone is finally watching and there is some oversight attached to such funding, eh?!

    July 6, 2009 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  3. D. Tree

    oh put a sock in it Hoyer, the Stimulus plan calls for spending the money *wisely* over the next TWO YEARS, not in some insane electioneering rush.

    Stand by the President and his plans for economic recovery – that's what America voted him in for!

    July 6, 2009 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  4. Don

    Thank you Democrats for realizing this was a goat roping from the get go. The best stimulus go be to cut welfare and government spending and focus on the real issues of prosperity, world peace and keeping America the country that believes in freedom and the right to work.

    July 6, 2009 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  5. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Know what I'm disappointed in Dem politicians?

    The fact that you never brought, let alone tried, articles of impeachment against Bush/Cheney!!!

    July 6, 2009 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Enjoy your 2 years in power, Democrats.

    July 6, 2009 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  7. OFL

    787 billion dollars too late...

    July 6, 2009 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. John

    Boehner has become a predictable caricature of himself. Now that they don’t get votes from scaring people about Gay marriage, everything is “Bigger government”. They really need to stop campaigning and offer solutions.

    July 6, 2009 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  9. I hand out crying towels for republicans daily

    Hey Steny and Boehner,did you forget who ran the Titanic into the iceberg in the first place?It was "full speed ahead"Bush and Cheney,as much as the right would like to pass it off to President Obama,it wont happen.It was a major collision and will take time to fix,if it can be fixed at all.P.S,the cowboys couldnt catch Bin Laden either,or they just didnt want to,take your pick on that one.

    July 6, 2009 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  10. Richard

    "bigger government, higher taxes, less freedom for the American people" – This is exactly what Libs want for everyone else but themselves.

    July 6, 2009 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  11. Ken

    "The end result, he said, would be "bigger government, higher taxes, less freedom for the American people."
    AKA
    The Socialist States of America
    or as many of us call it...the OBAMA-nation!

    July 6, 2009 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  12. Dean in Florida

    Idiots! Didn't they realize that this was Obama'a plan all along? Most intelligent people did...

    July 6, 2009 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  13. Mike

    This was obamas plan, grow the government and make more people dependent on government. The chickens have come home to roose. How is change working for you so far. Not good I would bet.

    July 6, 2009 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  14. Obama is a Disaster

    Spend it faster, and get this fiasco over sooner. The sooner sound Republican governance is restored, the better.

    July 6, 2009 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  15. TCM

    wow..the first comments are gone? How much more can we say about the incompetent Obama administration? He, along with his tax cheats and liberal cronies in congress are dismantling the American way....

    July 6, 2009 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  16. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    Republicans don't mind if you spend billions on rebuilding another country (iraq) or on the military or on a war based on lies but the minute you spend money in this country on the middle class they call it wasteful spending (boehner) or socialism. Please explain that republicans...............

    July 6, 2009 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  17. Harvey for Obama

    Bush drove us into the ground for 8 years. Give the man a chance. Geeessssss.

    July 6, 2009 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  18. European-American

    Put aside the entitlements you receive from government for a moment and ask: Is this really how I want my government to operate?
    Put aside the prork that makes us all feel warm and fuzzy inside when we receive it for our states and ask: Is the government doing this, so I won't complain about the money they are spending like drunken sailors?
    I'm not attacking the president or either party, I'm asking, what if every American ran their households the way that government runs the country? I do not know about you, but I can't survive spending more than I take in and I cannot spend more, then expect my employer to give me more when I do not have enough.
    Why do we allow this America? Why do we allow these politicians to spend and take and spend and take. Everyone of us has to live within our means. Everyone of us has to stay within our budget, and we do not get to change the budget on a whim.
    America we have to be fiscally responsible, shouldn't we expect the same out of Washington?

    July 6, 2009 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. Bubba

    Didn't Mark "the shark" Sanford want to spend stimulus money for "anything but jobs?" Are the Republicans losing their minds, or just grimly determined to bring on a new depression? And can Sarah Palin get a new job with stimulus money, perhaps as a dog trainer or lipstick tester?

    July 6, 2009 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  20. Richard

    Do you pronounce this GOP guys name Boner? That would be appropriate. Why do they continue to spout the same "cut taxes" mantra. They still haven't figured out that is not really a fix. It too, creates more deficits and add to the nation's debt, and the way they always set it up, only makes the rich, richer.

    July 6, 2009 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  21. phoenix86

    $800 billion in porkulus to lose 2 million jobs.
    North Korea testing missles.
    Iran's violent repression of pro-democracy movements while the US remains silent.
    $900 million to Hamas.
    $750 billion to bail out European banks through the IMF.
    Turning GM and Chrysler over to the UAW.
    Passing the largest tax increase in history through Cap & Trade.

    That's Obama's First 100 Day legacy. Every president from here on in has a very low bar to beat Obama.

    July 6, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  22. JB

    Why was Obama running around claiming the bill had to be past immediately, "it's a crisis", and then nothing. WE could have reviewed the 1100 page document in more than 24 hrs. I don't ccare if you are a D or R, this is poor management.

    July 6, 2009 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  23. Tim

    When the going gets tough, Sarah Palin Quits!!! It's not about honor or country, it's about the money. She will go done in history as the worst VP pick ever and a quitter!!!

    July 6, 2009 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. southerncousin

    Better yet, lets return the stimulus money to the taxpayers and let them decide how to spend it. The libs don't understand it is our money.

    July 6, 2009 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  25. Vigla

    Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts... What Mr Boehner fails to say is that tax cuts are simply not targeted. People will use that money to pay off debt. It will not get invested and will wind up in someones bank account collecting dust. The money has to be SPENT for it to be effective. Tax cuts will not guarantee that.

    There is a time and place for tax cuts, like in the 80's. We've cut taxes to the bone. It's time to let the stimulus work, but it takes time.

    July 6, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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