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. Phoenix

    The very people who are on here screaming welfare and socialism are the very people who NEED this stimulus package. Look, I am a Republican who believes in small government. The purpose of the government is to help the people because WE own it. In order to stimulate the economy, the American people need capital. We need to invest in ourselves. That's why the party lost because people do not understand what small government means. Don't give me that argument about handouts because corporate sure hasn't apologized for any of their handouts. Why should the average hard working American apologize because their government is working for them.

    December 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. SilverBell

    The Repubs had it for long years and now they are crying foul sorry we got someone in OFFICE that cares unlike you REPUBS didn't care a lick except getting RICH RICH RICH AND RICHER and the rest of us drowned in your wake and you blamed us for living high on the hog what a joke or people are get a real life and learn to live like us!!!! I know you can't and wouldn't know how..

    December 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. Ken

    OK all you neo-nugget true-believers out there, just relax...don't go getting your dirty little panties in a bunch. You'll get your say in this [D]-controlled gov't, even though your minority is no bigger than the boyle festering on your lazy rear-ends. Didn't Obama say we'd talk to our adversaries with no pre-conditions?........that even includes you intellectual low-life [R]epublicans!

    December 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Rufus Johnson

    Note to GOP
    You all have been siting on your duffs for far too long and dragging your feet. You don't need to go any slower. You need to get your duffs in gear and get moving! The country has waited long enough for those of your in office to actually do something positive for this country! Yes, do the right thing but get the lead out as my father used to say!

    December 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. maurice

    i have to wonder how many of you democrats have bumped your heads. it seems you all want a free hand out, free freedoms, freedom to go and do what ever you wish. all for free. guess what folks. freedom is not free it never has been never will be. and the last 750 billion dollar stimulus package that the democrats were all to happy to rush through and not take a second glance at, are yet ready agaain to take billions of tax payers money and hand it out to who ever wants it. w/o any regulation or guidelines. and texas teacher your about a dimwit.

    December 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Ms. G

    Mike, Syracuse NY

    Where have you been? In la la land? The Rep are the ones that want to spend, spend, spend. Have you been asleep for the last eight (8) years? Wake up man!!!!

    December 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. LM75

    I am fed up with the Republicans. I have had it.

    December 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  8. DIZIZI31

    My God what if it works!!! They people will love him, adore him, contribute billions (in $5.00 increments) to his rebid election in 2012. The GOP will be out again.

    In the interest of the American public, We the GOP reject this stimulus plan until we the GOP can find a leader for our political party

    December 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  9. Bill

    This is the same GOP that is sending out CD's of a racially charged song. Who cares what the GOP thinks? They are no longer relevant.

    December 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Chris in Va.

    @ Mike, Syracuse NY......true the Dems were hoodwinked into approving the 700 billion YOUR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT!!!!!!

    December 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Sherman in Atlanta

    Mitch go get your foreign carmaker payday.Lets finish the job this time around.The South is goin down again.

    December 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Ed fl

    I notice that the big mouth MINORITY LEADER kept his big mouth shut when paulson and Bush gave away 700 billion to their BANKING AND WALL ST> BUDDIES, Thatwas okay but to give some to the working and poor folks is wrong. No wonder they have blown away the White House the senate and the house. That shows the type of knowledge and leadership that Mcconnel is familiar with.

    December 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  13. cgsailor

    Hey Angie, stop laughing long enough to look up some which branch of the federal government has responsibility for managing federal funds. The Executive Branch proposes a budget, but it's the Legislative Branch that controls how it gets executed. Clinton wasn't responsible for the surplus, Bush isn't responsible for the deficit.

    December 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Greg, NH

    I think nobody is entitled to waste tax-payers' money. Democrats are very good at that and then we have radical leftists like PROUD AMERICAN talking nonsense and then there is TEXAS TEACHER who may lose her job if Barack goes ahead with home-schooling. Barack Obama drama has just begun and he wants to use our money for it. Our children and grandchildren will suffer more and more.

    December 30, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  15. Bill A

    Mitch and the rest of his merry men should just take a brake. Since 1994 you have been in control of the house and senate and look what you did to the country...

    December 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    How come W gets to spend 5 trillion dollars and DA BOMB cant spend a trillion?

    December 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    To MIke
    Most Republicans wERENT against OVERSIGHT!! SAme slimes that got us in trouble...

    December 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  18. FreeNLovIt

    This is what happens when there's no true leadership. For eight years, we always REACT to problems. Katrina sums up just about anything we've done for the least eight years. Heads in the clouds...

    December 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. FreeNLovIt

    God help us all. We need to pray!!

    December 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  20. Bob from Virginia

    Dear Mr. McConnell,

    Your GOP leaders have already proven their mettle and destroyed the economy and the country. Now please shut up and go along with the program.

    The American People

    December 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  21. Chris in Va.

    The Repugs need to wrap themselves in the flag, sit in the corner, suck their thumbs and shut the hell up.......YOU ARE IRRELEVANT!!!!!!!

    The sooner they go the way of the Whigs, Federalists, and Bull Moose the better off the country will be, can't happen soon enough!

    P.S. ....and PLEASE take Caribou Barbie with you!!!!!!

    December 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  22. Bob from Virginia

    To Richard Rohde,

    If you promise to secede and take all your wingnuts with you, we will gladly stop paying your bills and let you go under by yourselves. We'll even trade you all those intellgent Dems in your states for the GOP morons in ours.

    December 30, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  23. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I think when the Republicans wanted to bail out their buddy's, it was give us the money right now, no questions ask. They don't even know who got the money, or how much. Riduculous! Now that more serious head want to prevail, they want to put a stop to it. Just more typical Republican game playing. I can't wait to see them and their notorious leader GONE!

    December 30, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  24. Roland in St George, UT

    The Republicans have said nothing but Yes Yes Yes to all of Bush's unchecked deficit spending and gone along with his sheer lunacy and lies for the past 8 years...we now have the biggest deficit ever with the worst economic problems in almost a all of a sudden the Repubs want to stand up start cautioning and warning Barack Obama??? The Retardicans need to pull their heads out of their butts, wake up and smell the coffee. The Repubs have nearly destroyed the country and (just like with FDR after the Great Depression) only the Democrats can offer any practical solutions!

    Roland (former Republican)
    St. George, UT

    December 30, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  25. catmom

    Uh, Richard, are your parents alive? Aunts, Uncles, sisters, brothers... Those programs that you feel are failures have saved millions of hard working people over the years. I sure hope you never reach a point in your life that you might ever have to use Medicare. If so, I hope you gladly turn it and any other benefits down since you are so perfect and can take care of yourself and your family.

    December 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
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