December 30th, 2008
06:57 PM ET
13 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. Richard Rohde

    Don't forget VPE Hairplug is saying there will be no earmarks while Reid is telling the Nevada papers that Nevada will get billions. Most of it will go to pay their union puppeteers.

    December 30, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  2. William

    Mitch McConnell is so offensive that I can scarcely believe he was re-elected. On the other hand, he is the perfect representative of the GOP - two faced and disingenuous.

    There SHOULD be a conservative party - but the GOP should be dismantled: what they have done to this country is almost beyond enumeration.

    In this, it is important to realize that the disasters are not just Bush's - the rank and file of the conservative idiots who have almost dismantled our government - from FERC to the FCC, the FAA, the NIH, the FDA, the EPA, DOJ, DOI, the appellate courts, FEMA, USDA, US-AID, DOD, DOT, DOS, GAO, NOAA, the SEC - what HAVEN'T they screwed up?

    All part of trying to get rid of government by making it fundamentally disfunctional.

    Doing this is way beyond the powers of someone like George Bush - it represents a nazi-like philosophy animating the far right - and NOW the GOP laments that they made the mistake of opening themselves up to representatives who were too MODERATE - [e.g., the John McCains, Arlen Specters, Chuck Hagels, Richard Lugars, John Warners] -

    the GOP has become a frank, outright danger to the well being of the country.

    December 30, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. CF

    Take a little advice from a Kentucky resident - don't listen to McConnell. He will either overestimate or underestimate... depending upon his needs at the time.

    December 30, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. Richard Rohde

    Oh look at Mary and the T, somehow they sicko liberals have turned this in to a Bush fault. OMG>

    December 30, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Meh

    Oh please. You know he's just doing this to be difficult and because it doesn't benefit him, unlike the bank bailout.
    As if he REALLY cares where the American people's money goes. Uh huh.

    December 30, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Rick in WA

    I am so tired of hearing about how "the conservative agenda" over the past 8 years got us into this mess. Bush is the most liberal "Republican" in history. There is not a conservative bone in his body except for some of the Christian-based social issues. Two simple rules for government: Stay out of my bedroom; stay out of my pockets. Spending billions more just because we've squandered billions over the past 8 years makes no sense at all.

    December 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Mesa

    Dems...what a hateful bunch.

    December 30, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Texas Teacher

    Good advice... I wish someone would have made that suggestion to G. W. Bush when he pushed through his Bail Out for Wall Street with Shock Doctrine Tactics... then snuck in a bunch of NO regulations so that there is absolutely NO following what these Rich Cat Bozos do with our Tax Dollars! How easy it is to criticize now that the damage is done!

    December 30, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. RIP GOP

    The Republicans want us in a depression so they can have a chance to takeover in 2012. I think they hate America!

    December 30, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Hey Republican bashers! I know it's hard to remember way, way back a few months ago when the Democratic Congress rushed through the $750 billion bank bailout. Most now agree that the money didn't get to those that needed it, and in fact the banks are even refusing to say where a lot of it went. Since Congress did this without ANY OVERSIGHT or protections in place, that money is gone, and we don't even know where. Do you really want another trillion to follow? By the way, most Republicans voted against the bank bailout.

    December 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. Humored in Texas

    I have a great idea for the GOP. Let the Democrats clean up the country and the GOP should clean up its own backyard, starting with Chip Saltsman and his song writing "skills."

    Then they sould move on to Sarah "Family Values" Palin and her family!!!

    Then deal with the Neocon section of the party.

    Then deal with the trials of the endless stream of war criminals in the Bush Cabal!!!

    December 30, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Ken

    Mitch and the Republicans get it. They want to keep America under the "country club" rule like it has been for many years. A bunch of people afraid of the future and talking with "fork tongue". No one is on the plantation any longer, Mitch and they aren't coming back. Do you understand what is coming out of America's mouth? As usual, still out of touch.

    December 30, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  13. Pat

    Let's just create one, great, big welfare state. Everyone gets the same little plot land, the same handfull of seed, the same shirt and pants, the same 4×6 room, and everybody has to be a Democrat. THEN will you be happy?

    December 30, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. Ron

    No wonder the RNC is considering having a special meeting to try to determine which "direction(s)" they should go. Here's a few suggestions for their agenda: Get rid of reprobates like McConnell, try to at least act like when you are elected you represent your constituencies instead of special interest crooks who dump loads of money into your reelection coffers, act, at least, like you have the average American's best interests in mind once in a while, and, finally, shut the hell up with your sanctimonious BS!!

    December 30, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. Rick in WA

    Tolerant Libs wrote:

    Two words for the GOP: shut up!
    Republicans create problems
    They don't care about the American people
    Republicans have wrecked this great country
    Republicans can't help but be obstructionist
    Go back to your hole Republicans
    do nothing pathetic GOP
    The Republicans will be our doom
    G.O.P destroyed the country

    Career politicians are to blame. Exacting "payback" is not productive.

    We don't need career politicians' help. We help ourselves when they stay out of our lives and out of our way.

    December 30, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. abc

    where were McConnell & Boehner in the last 8 years when the current administration wasted hundreds of millions of dollars?
    the stimulus package should be review with bi-partisan prospective but not mere bi-partisan slogan which hinder money to the main street people... don't disagree just to disagree because over majority of the people do approve an efficient and worthy stimulus package.
    and no earmarks, from both parties please!

    December 30, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. bill

    message for mconell.either get on the bus or get the hell out of the way.didnt hear one peep out of this misserable senator.when bush throwed 700 billion at banks.WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT WITH REPUBS LIKE MCCONELL. GO TO HELL too bad kentucky put this idiot back in

    December 30, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  18. California Gold

    An old politician whose career has involved blowing wads of taxpayer money is suddenly crying beware and slow down. Hmmm. Is he up for re-election in 2009?

    December 30, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  19. Jeff

    So for the people who want Mitch to shut up.... Will the stimulus work???

    You seem to be pretty steadfast that he doesn't know what he's talking about. Do you???

    I think the Republican party should just keep quiet and let the Dems run this country. More than half the people on this board seem to think that's the way to go.

    December 30, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Mesa Mick

    These plantation repugs are obstructionists, racists and Union busters!

    Why is it that anything that doesn't directly benefit Wall Streeters or the top 5% in wealth is always couched as "wasting money"?

    Hey you repug moron dudes, where's my $300 billion plus that you "wasted" on Wall Street and the banks so far? Answer that before try to muck up the fix to our country that you creeps caused in the first place!

    December 30, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. jd

    The GOP need to shut up sit down because your reign of power is over and I hope your bigot party is done for forever,you will never get my vote again indepent all the way

    December 30, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Proud American

    Richard Rohde if you secede who going to pay for your special ed? Dear God please think this through. lolol

    December 30, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Jaime H.

    Hey GOPers, it is OUR money and we want it back! So you need to shut the hell up!

    December 30, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. MikeH

    Hey there Mitch, you ignorant flattus, how old do you think the earth is? six thousand years? Ten thousand? .

    I hope your closet full of skeletons falls on your head.

    December 30, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. js007

    Wow, this is rich coming from guys who ran $400B deficits each year during GOOD times. Now at exactly the wrong time to restrict spending they are trying to do just that. Apparently spending money on a useless war is ok, but fixing the crumbling infrastructure is not. I wonder if the GOP would support this if the contracts are given to Halliburton?

    December 30, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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