December 30th, 2008
06:57 PM ET
14 years ago

GOP to Dems: Slow down on stimulus bill

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Congress to holds hearings on the stimulus package."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Top congressional Republicans cautioned Democrats not to rush through a massive stimulus package that lawmakers hope to send to President-elect Barack Obama shortly after he takes office next month.

A House Democratic leadership aide told CNN on Tuesday that Congress will likely take up a stimulus bill the second week of January.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said the Congress must prove to taxpayers that the stimulus bill, which some economists suggest could amount to $1 trillion, "is not wasting their money."

"We should have a simple test: will the yet-unwritten, reportedly trillion-dollar spending bill really create jobs and grow the economy - or will it simply create more government spending, more bureaucrats and deeper deficits?" McConnell said in a statement Monday.

McConnell's $1 trillion figure for the stimulus bill may be an overestimate, however.

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soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. The T

    Rep shout the hell up! You guy stood by and let Pre Bush do whatever he wished and how you want to control spending....READ MY LIPS , GO TOO HELL!

    December 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. Mari

    The GOP has not a leg to stand on when you consider that their president, Bush....... left our Nation facing the BIGGEST financial disaster since the Great Depression.

    Two words for the GOP: shut up!

    December 30, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Richard Rohde

    The fact that Burris accepted and appeared with Blago to do so, as well as being the former attorney general, says a lot about Illinois politics.

    December 30, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Oh please McConnell like you have a better idea. Republicans create problems, Democrats solve problems!

    December 30, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Juan Grain

    We knew that the GOp was going to do everything they can to make Obama fail. They don't care about the American people. Slow down the bill they say. We say slow down the reccesion. They will loose and continue to destroy the party.

    December 30, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Oh Sure, You would drag this on until the whole country falls into the sea. Go home you dinasaur. hmmp

    December 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Paula

    oh, and the $750 billion bailout of banks (who aren't lending, but still have plenty of dollars for "corporate sponsorship", insurance companies, wall street firms and automakers (who also aren't lending) wasn't already a waste? Had to rush those dollars right through....

    how come corporate america gets a stimulus package rushed through but for the american public, 'no, we have to wait and evaluate". All politicians in DC should either be fired or step down – haven't proven that you can do much to solve problems

    December 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. AEK

    Mitch and the boys down south probably have to check with Toyota and Honda before they move forward with the plan to help create jobs and heal the economy in America. Put the saki down, Mitch, and step away from the sushi bar!

    December 30, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. I'm Not Missing The Old Mule & Winky Half-baked Alaska

    Excuse me, Mr. McConnell!!! I think the Republicans, at minimum, need to prove their competence after these last eight looooooooooong years of multiple disasters before they demand anything of others. You really are arrogant, ignorant tone deaf and just don't get it! It's no wonder you had to fight so hard to keep your seat in the Senate.

    December 30, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. Polar Bears Against Palen

    The GOP needs to shut the *ell up and allow Obama to clean up the mess they made.

    December 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Molly

    I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually agree with them. The Dems need to relax and stop blowing my unborn childrens, childrens money. It's going to be painful but the economy will right itself.

    December 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Frank

    Yeah, what's the rush? Let's let our economy spiral down further before trying to do anything about it!

    Shame of it is, the right-wing obstructionists still have the power to pursue their scorched earth policy for at least two more years.

    Let's try this. If the Republicans threaten to filibuster the recovery package, are there enough Democrats with spines to block all military funding?

    The former is every bit as essential to our national interests as the latter.

    December 30, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. Mary from Sarasota FL

    Republicans have a nerve complaining about Democrats "wasting money" what a joke that one is. Re: Iraq War. They literally flew a 747 filled with cash money over there during the "chaos" and just threw it around everywhere. Give me a break. Ironic that McConnell should call for a "brake" ha!.

    December 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Vicki5

    I'm sure they would like to slow it down. Anything to cause more harm to the American people. There's tons of proof out there, so I suggest they gather it now and not wait and try to hold this thing up. GOP: QUIT HARMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    December 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. foxglove

    It is time for people like MConnell to take a back seat. He and his fellow Republicans have wrecked this great country. Mr. Connell you and your cronies had a full 6 years to do something but you an John Bohner were to busy sucking up to Bush. By the way your wife has had a good ride on the Federal Payroll.

    December 30, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Lexington Green

    Mitch McConnell voted yes on the use of force against Iraq in 2002, a War that, in cost, is approaching 1 Trillion dollars. When has Mr. Mconnell discussed with the public the costs of the Iraq War and whether it was "not wasting money"?

    In the last 8 years, the national debt has grown by about 4 Trillion dollars. Mr. McConnell has a lot to answer for, and doesn't have much credibility, when speaking about how to contain government spending.

    That said, of course their should be hearings. But I hope they are not just intended to be a soapbox where we get to listen to repetitive speeches about the personal ideology of Mr. McConnell and fellow members of the minority.

    December 30, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Floridaidian

    Why are Republicans so reluctant to spend money in America? They willingly baled out the banks, they happily send money over to Iraq and Afghanistan which has contributed to the budget deficit,yet when it comes to spending money in the USA to create jobs, suddenly P.E Obama must 'slow down' and not increase the deficit. For 8 years the Republicans have NOT slowed down spending – now that the Democrats are in power, now its time to SLOW DOWN – what a joke!! Instead of trying to put obstacles in Obama's way its time for them to put their petty politics aside and allow Obama and his team to do what is needed to bring us out of this recession!

    December 30, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. hozo1

    Why didn't McConnell ask that same question when he rushed through the bailout ... er handout to the banks ... oh yes, he gets lobbyist money!!!

    We need to strip Congress of all their benefits now, so they have to live like regular Americans ... the people need money or we are going into a depression ... please read this tonight in your mansion when you are sipping a fine wine!! Clueless in Congress.

    December 30, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. jim hall

    i am in 1000 % agreement with your statement here on this blog

    December 30, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Ron in Asheville, NC

    You know what? It could be either a useful economic stimulus or the creation of a lot of short-circuits in the economy designed principally to take advantage of the fund. It all depends on how the package is designed, what its focuses are, how oversight works, etc. In any case, the GOP is right to ask the question . . . but it could be asking it in a more productive way.

    December 30, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX, USA

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell BARELY re-elected is now calling SOUR grapes!!! Por Republicans can't help but be obstructionist after all. The nations economy is in deep trouble. Help or get out of the way!!!

    December 30, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Jake


    what are you talking about? The Bush administration has blown more of your children's children's money over the past 8 years than any stimulus package would. Why don't you try researching FACTS instead of posting on cnn about what you have heard on rush?

    December 30, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    Oh NOW...they worry about wasting money!!!!

    Give me a break. Over the past 8 yrs of GOP rule–congress not only wasted 20 fortunes–but completely diregarded their jobs of oversight and regulation–right along with George.

    Whatever it takes–is now the rule!!!
    I do hope these folks understand the mandate from a popular and electoral majority that Obama has coming into office. One message to the GOP: join up–get off the road–or get out of the way because change is really coming and the paradigm change and priority change just might be too much for them!!!

    December 30, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Gallimimus

    This is Hilarious! Have they considered how fiscally irresponsible the Irag war hs been? Spending has been out of control for the last 8 yrs, now they want to slow down. What a joke. Have they come up with a song for it yet?

    December 30, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. NEL E BELL


    December 30, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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