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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Congress • Democrats • Economy • Republicans
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  1. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    Pat December 30th, 2008 3:33 pm ET

    Gosh, I bet Barney Frank — The Banking Queen — isn't happy with this at all !!! Thanks, Barney, for the mess you created with Freddie and Fannie !!!!!

    December 30, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. JM

    Oh I see, wanting to see if something works before you spend money on it is only a good idea if your a dem? Please people.

    December 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Get over it

    To Jim
    so will this simple test about the stimulus creating jobs be anything like the simple test that should have happened to show that going to war with Iraq would have proven they had already created WMDs?



    It is time to stop beating a dead horse. Even your boy Bill Clinton and his administration stated that Iraq had WMD's

    If Clinton hadn't destroyed the intelligence agencies the way that he did, we might have had some real information on whether of not they existed.

    December 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. cat

    mcConnell needs to go....He is not a man of the people he is a man of corporations and irresponsible spending.
    Yes to the bail out and NO to the people. Banks and money are what works for their life styles... No credit to human beings who are being effected by the greed of these free markets...America needs to rebuild...But if the likes of people like McConnells have it there way we would sell off to the highest bidder the parts of America that are in jeporady...and we will become vagrants in our own land...A land that does not belong to us any more. People who do not believe in government should not be employed by government. for they are traditors, emenys working on the inside, to bring us down.

    December 30, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Brian From Fort Mill, SC

    richard December 30th, 2008 3:30 pm ET

    Congress creates the dept, Congress is controlled by democrats. Get your head out of the sand. Every policy created by democrats have failed.
    Social Security was created by democrats.
    The last budget surplus was created by democrats.
    The Civil Rights Act was created by democrats.
    - Oops, you probably wanted that last one to fail!

    December 30, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Mav in Midwest

    $700 billion bail out for banks with no strings attached? Sure!

    Another bail out for everyday Americans who are losing their jobs, homes and driving on unsafe bridges? WAIT! That's just wasting money!

    Go back to your hole Republicans!

    December 30, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. danielle

    the politicians have done nothing but waste and continue to waste..thats why we are in t his mess..but nobody would fess up to that

    December 30, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  8. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    No matter how badly this package is needed to turn the economy around, these "country first" Republicans are ready to obstruct it in any way they can in order to score political points. Great patriots these guys!

    December 30, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. AJ

    Mitch McConnell is a moron who helped guide this nation into the mess that it is currently in. McConnell and his Republican buddies squandered their opportunity, now they need to shut up and let the Democrats fix the mess that they made.

    December 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. richard

    Remember 59,934,814 people did not want Obama. So dems, using your own words "shut the hell up". It’s your Congress ruining this country and I will treat Obama exactly how you dems treat Bush. Every policy the democrats have ever come up with FAILED. –(Social Security, Medicare, Welfare) and your (Union) bail out won’t work ether.

    December 30, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. DebM, Allentown, PA

    Are you kidding?? Now they worry about who's wasting money?

    December 30, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. virginia for obama

    REPUBLICANS doesn't have a clue or substance to bring to the table to HELP the country BUT, complain about everything that Obama tries to do to stop the bleeding of the economy.

    Oh Yeah! @ Skip the so called black man. Just because you don't have a JOB or EDUCATION like me and my family and other blacks and whites do, don't blame us for Your failures in life.

    December 30, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Richard Rohde -– December 30th, 2008 3:14 pm ET

    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.


    Sorry.......Wrong Article

    YOU LOSE!!!!!

    December 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. REG in AZ

    I really don't disagree with the Republican call for caution and strong discernment to insure a workable and effective stimulus package, I only question their motivation and sincerity when noting their total lack of concern and conscience for the last eight years. If they would have demonstrated any real conscience and honest concern for the average American and simply checked much of what Bush-Cheney did, today we likely wouldn't have half the trouble we have. It is really past time to put the political posturing aside and get serious about non-partisan supported resolutions.

    December 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. Chuck

    Yes we will take your suggestion under advisement.

    December 30, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Boston Irish

    Am I mistaken or didn't DEMOCRAT Barney Frank state that Fannie Mae & Freddy Mac were "very sound investments and they were doing just fine". This was right before they went belly up. Unless he also came out of the closet as a Republican, I do believe him and the Democrats did quite a bit of damage too. They can't blame the Republicans for everything, they can try, but they won't succeed. This is coming from a life-long registered Democrat. Not proud of it either. I now have the dubious "pleasure" of living in the state of Uncle Teddy who will do his best to get "You Know" the job she just wants so, so, bad. And she even asked him "please", every so nicely.

    December 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. Greg Hodges

    Dear Lois: Do you have a clue how many billions have been wated under the G.O.P. over the last 8 years ? Barack Obama could cut a check For $100,000 for every American family to be used exclusively for health care needs within that family; and the amount would pale in comparison to the insanity of Wall Street over the last decade;which Bush was only too pleased to bail out. Yes there is a sucker born every minute; and they seem to vote Republican!!!

    December 30, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  18. ANGIE

    OH YES GREAT now the greedy do nothing pathetic GOP Want to have their filthy pathetic hands in the democrats stimilus package SAY HELL NO DEMOCRATS!!

    December 30, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  19. Toby in Illinois

    The Grand Obstructionist Party will block everything it can and then call the Democrats do-nothings. Unfortunately, I'm sure the American people will fall for it - again.

    December 30, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Danny in Chicago



    December 30, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  21. Salt

    lois December 30th, 2008 3:46 pm ET
    liberal say we can free healtcare…yes only for illegal alien but most people still buying liberal lier..sucker born every minute



    December 30, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  22. Eyckie

    Mind your own business McConnell. Republicans have NO power and you don't control anything. Isn't that what you told Dems while Republicans were destroying the global economy? I can't stand this guy. He's just and old washed up fossils that thinks he has some sort of control. He's delusional like most Republicans.

    December 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  23. Jan Illinois

    You should know Republicans, how many packages have you given out and did it work? No. Now you want to tell Democrats how to do it? Please, quietly step aside and let somebody else try to help the American people, Your party has drug us so far down , you'd think that the shame of that alone would keep you quiet.

    December 30, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Bea

    G.O.P destroyed the they want to delay the reconstruction of it? lol....never cease to amaze me

    December 30, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Greg Hodges

    CORRECTION PLEASE: Under my previous comment it should read a check for $1,000 a family; not $100,000.

    December 30, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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