January 27th, 2009
01:25 PM ET
9 years ago

GOP leaders urge colleagues to vote no on Stimulus


Watch Boehner's comments after meeting with Obama Tuesday.

(CNN) - House Republican Leader John Boehner and House Republican Whip Eric Cantor urged members to vote no on the House Democrats' stimulus bill Wednesday, unless there are some changes.

One Republican aide said, “Boehner thinks the only way we're going to get a better bill out of the Senate is by showing as much solidarity as possible in opposition to this.”

Another aide said Rep. Cantor told his fellow Republicans that based on the information in the House bill there is “no reason to vote for it, he’s voting against it, and we’ll be whipping against it.”

Rep. Cantor “made the case we want 100 percent against," the aide also said.

This aide added there were loud cheers in the room when the message was delivered, and said at this point you could probably count on your fingers the number of House Republicans who will vote for the bill tomorrow.

Cantor and his economic working group are meeting later Tuseady to figure out a Republican alternative, but it will likely be defeated easily on the floor.

The GOP leaders also told the rank and file members, “This is a bad bill, you can explain why it's a bad bill. We can do the most good by standing together against it unless there are changes.”

Asked if the GOP leaders decided on specific changes to present to President Obama today, a second GOP aide said, “We have no negotiating position until someone starts negotiating. If the president is coming to negotiate, maybe we’ll have something to discuss, but we'll see.”

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soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Don't just vote no, offer your own solutions. If you have no solutions, then get out of the way so the American people can stop suffering at the hands of your partisan stalling

    January 27, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. Jazz

    The Repubs are playing a sitting duck contest with the President. Democrats we are not going to get the jerks to work with us so hey let's do what we got to do and let them sit on the fence. Why should we give the business and banks more tax cuts when they are not lending or giving jobs. This is stupid and if the Repubs think that they are going to have their way then hey Repubs He?????????? Naw.

    January 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. lecia Burton

    I think people are wanting to much out of President Obama and I think he is trying to do to much to fast to please the people, But I think he is doing a great job.

    Keep up the good work

    January 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. SS

    Hmm I have an idea, stop laying people off and complaining about the stimulus. The stimulus wasn't a problem when the GOP was over the cash flow. Very hypocritical. GOP could care less about the majority of the American people. Come on Dems let's get our act together and quit being afraid of the GOP...

    January 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Ajay

    Republicans going to pay dearly for their obstructionist behaviour.

    January 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. Specifics

    "It's a bad bill".......really? How bout telling me WHY you think it's a bad bill? With due respect, quit yapping and be part of the solution.

    January 27, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. Matt

    The last nail in the GOP's coffin is now aligned and the hammer poised...please oh please vote 100% against it.

    January 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. J

    If you've already decided to vote no even before the meeting, then don't go to the meeting don't waste the president's time nor your own.
    Is it so hard to have a constructive debate in DC?

    The republicans in the house should realize that Obama does not NEED them. He can shove what ever he wants down their throats. The fact that he is reaching out means that he WANTS them in the discussion. This doesn't mean they should accept whatever but at least sincerely try to be productive.

    Unfortunately today the more you reach out the more the other side perceives you as weak. But this new POTUS will teach them otherwise.
    "Talk softly and carry a big stick" His big stick is the wave that carried him to the White house.

    January 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. mary dale

    I hope the media shows who is holding up the financial recovery package. I get so sick of Republicans saying we cant spend money, why not just give tax cuts. The answer is we have to spend money to get the economy moving, it is the only way. Tax cuts do nothing to stimulate the economy and if they are anything like the Bush ones, they will cost an addition 82 cents a person because they mail us letters telling us its coming. Beside the point that tax cuts only help those who are working, the that number is decreasing daily. The Republican ideas of economy have put is in the financial straits we are currently in, why dont they see that and change a little.

    January 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. JC

    Eco nomics is NOT a Republican or Democrat issue, and spending just for the sake of spending won't "stimulate" anything but national debt, inflation, higher taxes.
    Too bad the American people are so dumb.

    January 27, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  11. Jay

    Its a new world, the GOP is nearing its last years, in the next decade they will just simply decease to exist.

    January 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Sue

    John Boehner is lying about "contraceptives" being in HR.1. There is no such mention... he is trying to rally ultra right wing conservative pro-lifers to vote against the bill. The rubric is covered under "family planning", but mentions nothing about "contraceptives." He is using this gimmick as a means to say that this one example, which he is lying about, is a reason for "wasteful spending."

    January 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. obama-mama

    I hope Obama rips them a new one. GOP petty and childish. Boehner should have done that nonsense when Bush was in office.

    January 27, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Mo

    Ten bucks says – watch them flip like pancake in Vermont after they meet with the President.

    January 27, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. SS

    We all have to make sacrifices ourselves (not buying that jet) and not sacrifice of other people (laying people off) the GOP needs to think smarter not make things harder...WOW!

    January 27, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Craig

    Unfortunately, whether true or not, this smacks of good old partisan politics. Rather than simply say "it's bad" why aren't they offering options and ideas to make it better?

    The result of this sort of thing is simple: The Republicans will find themselves more and more marginalized, with nothing to offer and no place at the table. If President Obama is asking for their help, they should offer it. If they don't, they can fold the tent and go home.

    Whether the result of the bill is successful or not, at least the administration is trying something. The days of pure obstructionism are over, and if that's the route the Republicans take, so are they.

    January 27, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. SAI

    Clearly, the GOP house members have all mastered handling our economy (look at their performance through the past eight years). Now they are showing off their mastery of the arts and crafts of 'winning over the hearts and minds of the voters' – displayed by them in their stellar performance in 2006 and 2008.

    Old 'bonehead' and 'can't-do' still have work to do, it seems, to ensure the GOP becomes a totally irrelevant entity. When will they wake up?

    January 27, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. patriot

    GOPers, you made this mess. Now either pitch in to help fix it or step aside and let the others do what needs to be done.

    January 27, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Chipster

    Removing the the family planning provisions is unfortunate. The last thing people need in this economic environment is another mouth to feed. Will Republicans ever recognize that family planning prevents unwanted pregnancy and abortions? Is that so difficult to understand?

    These same Republicans supported Bush when he expanded government, increased the deficit by trillions, and spent more on corporate welfare than needy families could ever imagine. If any of these whiners think they have a better plan, let's here it. But continuing the same reckless policies and expecting better results is insanity and unacceptable. Republicans had their chance and for 8 years they blindly approved every destructive policy. Now they have to own it.. I'm so tired of hearing them talk about accountability and refusing to accept it.

    The people spoke loud and clear. Continue this incompetence and stubborn allegiance to greed at your own political peril.

    January 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  20. Joe

    The Republicans haven't totally ruined America yet – but this shows they are commited to keep trying. Thanks alot , guys

    January 27, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Simmy

    GOP: Gross "Old" Party a visual aid in how to be losers. Keep moving in the direction you're headed, Mr. President. They are proving that they don't plan to change. Move on without them. You've stuck out the olive branch too many times. Leave them alone. Let them catch up with you.

    January 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. BB

    Obstructionists need to be voted out in 2012 or as soon as they are up for re-election.

    "The Boner" will have plenty of time then to lay in his tanning bed.

    January 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Matt

    Translation: $200M for family planning has the GOP completely and utterly beside itself because it would anger the bible-thumper base. Too bad for them BO isn't going to back down or be manipulated...their political games are just widening the hole in their ship.

    January 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Trust

    Mr Stupid just say now. These clowns are the real enemy of the USA. Say no just for the hell of it. Another republican clown. Get the big red shoes out. Provide a viable solution on hide in a corner.

    January 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Dude

    At this point, it doesn't appear the Republicans are willing to make a good faith effort to solve the country's economic problems.

    Instead, they seem to want to be obstructionist for obstruction's sake. It looks bad.

    They need their own plan if they want to be taken seriously, and it can't be more of the same Bush policies that created this mess in the first place.

    January 27, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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