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. Jim in Bisbee

    I think the Republicans should sit this one out and let some real work get done. Maybe they can try to reinvent themselves again, and become the party of fiscal conservatism and real tax reform, not what they've become in the past 8 plus years.

    And stop sending silly CDs to each other – people are talking.

    December 30, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. Denise

    ROTFL!!! These are the same people that gave Bush everything he requested. No questions were asked. Now, with a Dem in the WH, they want to fillerbuster everything. The GOP have not learned a thing from this election. Same ole same ole. Keep it out, and be frozen out of power for the next 20 years. They deserve it.

    December 30, 2008 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  3. Well...

    of course. Is anyone surprised? If there was any chance I thought this was being done as an act in the best interest of the people of the United States, I would be in support. But given the Palin fiasco, the Saltsman fiasco, the war in Iraq, the recession, the Obama hating, the Bush/Republican legacy...well I find it nothing but an attempted power move by the Republicans. Can't you just hear them behind closed doors? Plotting and planning how to "show them who is boss?" I SO wish it weren't true.

    The Obama team has been working on this plan for a much scrutiny and review will it take to ensure it is in the best interest of the people?

    December 30, 2008 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  4. Eugene

    Sit down, you're rockin' the boat!

    December 30, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  5. Fred

    Mitch McConnell has staked out his new role. Obstructionist in chief!

    Does this man REALLY want cause a tipping point with his childish, churlish foolishness?

    America deserves better.

    December 30, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Linda

    Before some of you get too excited, I don't think that we as tax payers are going to get a "check" as part of this stimulus package. It is all going to try and create jobs. So don't think that Obama is "spreading the wealth just yet".

    December 30, 2008 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  7. he needs to quit huffing

    does he look high on paint fumes or perm. markers

    December 30, 2008 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  8. Herman In LA

    Four words for the GOP: shut the hell up!

    December 30, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  9. Bill_ MA

    You're right. He does make you throw up in your mouth.

    December 30, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  10. Sherman in Atlanta

    This Hillbilly would be the first person in a life raft on the Titanic,telling the woman and children to go to beep.Well we may be on the Titanic and were going to make sure this guy goes first alright,but not in a life raft.

    December 30, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Joe

    Republicans are afraid the money may not go to their friends. They were eager enough for the $700B no-strings-attached bailout.

    December 30, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. ME IN FL

    Mitch, where were you these past 8 yrs??? Now you are telling Dems
    not to rush???? Why didn't you open your big mouth when Bush was giving away millions for the Irak war instead of giving it to New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina happened?? Where were you when millions of $$ were given to Mexico to fight the drug problems they have instead of putting those millions to work on closing the borders so that we do not have illegal aliens taking away our jobs????

    For God sakes, just SHUT UP!!!!

    December 30, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Any Republican giving advice on the economy is a joke. It's tantamount to getting a facial from a leper!!!

    December 30, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  14. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Richard Rohde:

    List everything you know about Roland Burris. Not what Limbaugh says, what you know.

    It won't take long, because you don't know much about anything!

    December 30, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Kristen

    That's right, Paula! It's time to solve the economy for Real People not fat cat CEOs and bankers with huge paychecks, juicy annual bonuses and private jets. Those crooks ran us into the ground with their greed. They are the reason we sitting in this mess.

    The more we drag out our response to the crisis, the greater the crisis will become. How bad to things have to be before everyone sees this???

    December 31, 2008 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. Marty, FL


    After reading many of your posts, I find it quite humorous that you claim to be "independent." Oh sure, I hear Sean Hannity is independent now, too. LOL

    These Republicans seem to have very little credibility, especially after the last eight years of rubber-stamping President Bush's record debt with virtually no veto on their irresponsible spending. Enough already. Our nation's problems are too important for their obstructionist nonsense now when the focus is at home this time.

    December 31, 2008 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
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