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. Susie

    Boehner doesn't even want the Ohio money, so of course that will not create jobs. Come on people. Give it a chance...we let Bush sink us (and were called traitors if we questioned ANYTHING) for 8 long miserable years, but now we can't even give the President a year to get things going again? Please. This is so politically motivated it's sick.

    July 6, 2009 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  2. Wha...?

    The Administration really is darned if it does and darned if it deosn't with the stimulus. If they get it out the door fast and some ends up being wasted as a result, they rushed it out without examining how the money is spent. If they put it out slowly, they're sitting on it while jobs are being lost. At this point though, they need to STOP worrying about what will be said by irrelevant idiots like Boehner and start spending the cash on the people and creating jobs. The stimulus was flawed from the beginning due to their attempts to appease a GOP that can never be appeased unless they are the sole dictators in charge, now at least get the money working!

    July 6, 2009 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Incompetence. Can't wait till Nov 2010.

    July 6, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. Dante

    the spend spend spend campaign is unravelling......the obama mantra is taking us to loserville......and the dems just want to spend it faster...............i see, lets just dig the hole deeper and quicker.........and biden admits they underestimated the economy's weakness ( he forgot to blame bush).........so lets spend more.......check out CALIFORNIA you liberal democratic MORONS......thats where were headed except now the dems want to get us there faster..........BRILLIANT..........spending money you don't have, strengthening the unions to hold onto their votes,
    creating government "jobs" at the expense of private sector jobs, and threatening, albeit guaranteeing, tax increases on the remaining job producers forcing them to rein in their own spending and expansion is the exact OPPOSITE of what needs to be done........and we're quickly approaching the point of no return.......

    July 6, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The last thing we need is more government spending. Only reduced spending and a balanced budget will create the type of tax reducutions needed to heal our ecomomy. Instead of spending another trillion or two dollars how about reducing spending by the same amount?
    But neither of the two major parties have demostrated any willingness in reducing Government spending.

    July 6, 2009 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. ken

    Obama is using a shot gun to shoot mosquitoes with a crowd of people around him!

    July 6, 2009 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Enough

    How about we quit throwing tax payer money away. Spending billions of dollars is not going to create jobs. Why don't we just not spend that money and then not have to tax the taxpayers for it?? Seems to make more sense to me, too bad the Democrats have NO common sense at all.

    July 6, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  8. TomJay

    What do you expect Obama to do in just 6 months in office? As Joe Biden said, the Obama administration grossly underestimated the loss of jobs, and as Mr. Hoyer now says, the Obama administration needs to front end stimulus spending rather than waiting for just before the next election.

    July 6, 2009 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Average American

    Congress can do whatever it wants with the "stimulus" money because they are not held accountable. The vast majority of Americans were against this and let their elected officials know that, and yet it still passed. The latest bill the so called "Energy Bill" is going to pass the cost of clean energy to the average american in higher costs for energy at a time when most of us are trying to figure out how to pay the bills and buy food at the same time. Congress is out of control, spending is out of control on Capitol Hill and since Congress is charge of the money in this country it all falls on them. This country needs Statesman not politicans....unfortunately we have politicians that are more concerned with getting re-elected than doing the right thing. We need term limits for Congress so that we don't end up with career politicans......

    July 6, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    People need to stop being impatient and give the stimulus bill the chance to work. It's going into it's second phase and hopefully by the end of this phase we'll see some jobs created.

    July 6, 2009 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Joe in NJ

    Faster! Faster! Spend! Spend! Spend! This way they can push through another useless stimulus bill bankrupting the country even further.

    July 6, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  12. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Why not put everything on hold until 2010 ? Obama doesn't know what he is doing, and the Democrats are all over the place on spending. Let's let the Republicans restore order.

    July 6, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Pat F

    I know! Let's just get a helicopter and dump cash on Hoyer's district. Would that shut him up?

    To all you good, honest, and hard-working Americans: Remember this when you get your next check with all those taxes taken out. Hoyer thinks Washington should be spending even more of your money with both hands.

    July 6, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  14. simp

    I saw this show and it really is sad how bohener is so negative with what ever the President is doing. boehner is always on the television shooting off his big orange face mouth but he nor his counterparts ever have any solutions. I'm glad the President hasn't given them a second look, heck all they want to do is complain so the President let's them but in the meantime the President is doing his thing and I for one love it

    July 6, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. CL OT

    I think we are all disappointed by our new President.

    July 6, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  16. sarahinfla

    Why can't these people stop playing political games, long enough to actually help the american working class. While they posture we take the beatings.

    The republicans had there shot, a republican president and the majority. So this idea that giving corporate tax breaks is hog wash. These same companies have and continue to show no loyalty to this country. They continue to sell us out in the name of shareholders profits. Raise prices on consumers at will ,cut jobs because they may have a projected profit loss what about your fellow Americans?

    When is it corporate america's turn to give back something to the consumers and workers who allow them to make money. These people are punishing the country for some of our support of president Obama simply put. Hope is alive and will win out.

    So if these companies get stimulus money will they just stockpile it for there own personal uses?.... Such corruption / greed.

    July 6, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. J of K

    Did anyone out there REALLY expect the stimulus package to do anything more than pad the pockets of political supporters – and I don't mean the voters !? We need smaller government who get less of our tax dollars. They said they want to spread the wealth, why don't they start with their own before spreading and spending ours. It has been calculated that we could trim 8 BILLION off the deficit in one year, by reducing our number of elected officials and their high expenses. If they all were bound to the rules they make for the rest of us, we would have better government !!!

    July 6, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. RIDOSWORLD

    Well, perhaps Steny Hoyer and the other Democrats who crammed this Bill down our throats should have read the 1000+ pages before rushing to a vote. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube, moron!

    July 6, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Sam Sixpack

    Better hurry up and spend the money before its all gone. What's the rush? Are you afraid folks will realize they've been robbed before you finish the job?

    July 6, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. elliott

    Blowing all this money we don't have is going to prove to be TRAGIC.....WE NEED NEW LEADERSHIP........

    July 6, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Rick in OP

    Perhaps they should rescind that scam that was pawned off on us as a "stimulus bill" and pass a bill that actually has incentives for people and businesses to invest.
    The really bad news is that the Chinese have basically told us they are not interested in financing our borrowing binge. It is pretty sad when a communist country is lecturing your government on fiscal matters.

    July 6, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. Sam Sixpack

    Have you noticed? The faster they spend the higher unemployment goes.

    Anyway, how does giving billions and billions of dollars to rich people create jobs?

    The trickle-down effect: if you give enough money to the already-rich, they will eventually hire somebody to mow their yard.

    What a bunch of liars! (Or is it we are a bunch of idiots?)

    You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you only need to fool enough of the people enough of the time.

    July 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  23. Karen

    How about this?? Spend the first stimulus package and see if it REALLY works and quit talking about a second! I am disappointed in the plan too!

    July 6, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Wake-me-when-it's-over

    When we as conservatives say 'I told you so', we appear to be invested in the failure of the current administration. And that is somewhat true. The current administration, will crumble, and there is not enough liberal glue out there to hold it together. All we can do now is count the broken pieces while we wait (very impatiently). We will get a chance for
    sweeping reform, but will find no joy in emptying the dust pan.

    July 6, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Carlos

    It's taking so long because they read and studied the bill so long before they signed it, wait a minute what do you mean they didn't even read it.

    July 6, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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