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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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Congress • Democrats • Economy • Republicans
soundoff (291 Responses)
  1. John

    Dems to GOP – Stuff It, you guys got us into this mess and you can now keep your opinions to your collective selves.

    The American voters selected a new political reality and you guys can come along or get kicked off the train!

    December 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  2. larry

    All of this sniping and cat fighting is counter-productive. Wehave serious problem folks...if you can't put your back into wheel to get us out PATRIOTS

    December 30, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  3. John

    The republicans have converted America into a welfare state for the "rich" and we need to change the game so they should listen to the voters and stop the greed –

    The Greedy Old Party needs a new direction.

    December 30, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Willie Anderson

    I wonder what bill did Bush veto during the six year period the rep was in charge of congress.

    December 30, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  5. tee


    December 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. mike

    Gop Go on pooping....see you in 2016

    December 30, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  7. mARGE

    Guess the republicans are starting to show the democrats that they will continue to be the obstructionalist they have been since the dems won the majority in 2006. BUT if the MSM does it job they will show that the republicans think more of stopping bills instead of helping the American people.

    December 30, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |

    Way should the GOP rubber stamp things thats way we get in trouble !!! We should look at everything not just somethings.

    December 30, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  9. Pat

    Senator Mitch McConnell was re-elected in a squeaker of by stressing that he could get federal money for projects in KY. Some might even call it pork.

    It was the Republican President (yes W is still President) who called for the bail out with threats of a falling sky, and a Republican Treasury Secretary administering it with no accountability or controls.

    Now they're calling the Democrats irresponsible?? Does the hypocrisy ever end??

    December 30, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  10. larry

    The members of the US Congress are grossly overpaid.
    No they are NOT (in either party) if the were in the private sector, they would all be making 500k...ANNUALLY, AT THE VERY LEAST.

    December 30, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Meka

    You haven't slowed down the 10 Billion going to Iraq every month!

    December 30, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Lori

    After letting the Republican Messiah George Bush run our country down for 8 years, now the Republicans are trying to give the Democrats advice? No thanks. Your chance is gone.

    December 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. TomD

    The real facts speak for themselves. Under Clinton, the national debt actually went down a bit. He left GW with a SURPLUS!!! On the day GW took office the national debt was $5.7 TRILLION! The final numbers are not in yet but it looks like we'll be north of $11 TRILLION on the day he leaves office. What did we get for the $5 Trillion?

    December 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. terry styer

    last time Ichecked your stimulis aint gonna pay my mortgage or taxes guess I gotta be on welfare for that to help.

    December 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  15. lovable liberal

    Mitch McConnell would be happy to have a depression that he can claim is Obama's fault. That's how venal and craven he is.

    The stimulus should be very large and very soon, and the hell with what the GOP thinks.

    December 30, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    So suddenly NOW, after their eight years of deficit spending and deep tax cuts for the wealthy, the Republicans suddenly care about fiscal restraint? Oh of course....the pockets of their cronies have been adequately lined at this point.

    December 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. Harry Katz

    I trust Obama and his aides on the development of a stimulus package. Everyone would agree that if something right is done very early our economy will benefit greatly. I'd prefer not to see this bogged down in congressional debate. This is a new era, a new administration. Let them come out of the block running. If it succeeds, America wins. If it falls short, the administration will have lost whatever trust they garnered so early. My money's on Obama.

    December 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. larry

    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!
    The GOP is in deep fecal matter with ref. to the senate. The domocrats are only two or three seats away from a veto proof majority ( which I hope they don't get because comprise is the blood of legislation). Although I'm a moderate democrat, I wouldn't want either party to have a veto proof majority.. Why not (?) because if you think there is corruption now, what do you think they would do if there was no way to stop them. I'll tell what they do... would line the pockets of those that keep them in either party.

    December 30, 2008 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. mitchell

    Well now – the table has turned and the GOP wants to slow down the stimulus package that Pres.elect Obama wants to put through for the country – now – who is patriotic – and – who put country first? HUH! Why Mr. Mitch Mcconnell didn't think about slowing down the spending when Pres. Bush was asking them for a blank checks during the past 7 years? The Republican Congress was in power during Pres. Clinton years until 2006. The Republican leaders made there mark- We the people – LEFT, RIGHT, CENTER, LIBERAL, CONSERVATIVE AND DISBELIEFTare feeling the pain of what the GOP has caused.

    Therefore, you should be delighted that you will have an opportunity serve your country in the RIGHT way. Remember, the GOP decisions are also hurting the Republican voters too.


    December 30, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. Sheryl

    I glanced throiugh a couple of comments and they were as expected. Yes, the GOP does not have the best recent history for fiscal responsibility. However, I am willing to give them the benefit of a douibt. I like the fact that they are participating based on what used to be their core principles.

    I am looking for a new way of interaction between the GOP and the Democrats

    December 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  21. Failed Politics and A WINK!!!

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wants Congress to hold hearings on the stimulus package.McConnell where in the Hell
    were you when Bush invaded Iraq an unjust war which cost billlions of Dollars, thousands of lives and the poor handling of Katrina Oh yea Wall Street and the bald headed guy Paulson .....Shut the Hell up !!!!****Thanks Laverne December 30th, 2008 3:16 pm ET
    Oh please McConnell like you have a better idea. Republicans create problems, Democrats solve problems!*****

    December 30, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. terry styer

    ill gladly take a hamburger today and pay for it over the next ten years thats the Obama way.

    December 30, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Angie

    I know the gop is NOT trying to tell the DEMS to slow down on spending. they wrecked the economy. What the he!! do they know. Shut the HE!! up. the last 8 yrs under the gop has been a disaster. they should shut up and take some notes. President Clinton has to clean up after old man bush and now President elect Obama has to clean up after dumb,dumb bush jr. which is twice a bad. so why does the gop think ANYONE will listen to ANYTHING that bunch of elistist, lying, cheating war mongers. they still want to spend 10 billion dollars a month on a war we should not be in or started.

    December 30, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |

    Why should we rubber stamp everything that why we get in trouble in the frist place !!! And people talk about Pres. Bush and money going to Iraq but people forget about Sept. 11. It's not the same world !!!!

    December 30, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  25. Ernie in LA

    To Texas Teacher. You need to go take your meds and shut up. Thank God you were not my teacher.

    December 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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