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. zionvier

    Either you guys did a bad job reporting on this, or the Republicans were avoiding specifics about why it's a "bad bill". I want to know a least a couple specific points as to why "there's no reason to vote for it", otherwise I think it's just more democrat vs republican muscle flexing since there's a new Chief in town. Now everyone is trying to muscle up and try to be the alpha male.

    So lets get the reporters back to Cantor and ask for a some specifics.

    January 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. lib4

    Yep the party responsible for getting this country into this mess with a mix of borrow and spend policies and un-regulated financial markets wants to have a say on how we get out of the mess they created....

    Yep shame knows no bounds with the "loyal opposition"

    January 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. Donald A. Doering

    As predicted, the Republicans are going to throw as much sand into the gears as possible. No alternatives to the bill given. No solid arguments against any provisions. No reasons: just anti-Democrat.

    January 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. Jeremiah in PHX

    so the GOP can have their waste of money stimulous which companies spent on reort getaways with n o penalties, but when Obama has a plan that has nbo fun for them they want to throw it away... typical republican

    January 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. LJ

    So, the President reaches out in a bipartisan fashion. Hours BEFORE the meeting, the Republican leadership says, "Vote no, en bloc." Meanwhile, the economy is shedding jobs at a rate of 10,000's a week. But, "Just say no" wins out over working for AMERICA's interest, because it seems to make "political sense" to these bozo's. I may not agree with everything in the stimulus, and i'm sure some parts of it are likely to be less than 100% successful. This isn't the time to whimper for months over every word or piece of hte puzzle. It's sort of like the old laws requiring fire departments to practice before they can leave on a fire call. Let's get some action, or impeach some obstructionist Republicans.

    January 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. xargaw

    The country is in freefall with thousands of jobs lost everyday and the GOP is once again all about themselves, all the time. Talk about not putting "Country First." Boehner and McConnell are not idealogues, they are self-serving Party men that would rather see the American people in soup lines than see progress if it comes from the opposition.

    January 27, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. James A.

    This sounds like school children cheering the possibility that they may not be given any homework.

    January 27, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. Jean2


    January 27, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  9. chelle

    Big surprise there...cuz giving a family a small tax cut is really going to make them run out and buy a new car, house, tv etc. when the family is wondering if there will be a paycheque next month. How on earth do the Repubs think that tax cuts cure everything. They might just want to look back in history to see that make work projects can help.

    January 27, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  10. Charles

    What am I missing here? Who would possibly want Republican ideas on how to mange and stimulate the economy. Last time I checked there has been more than a doubling of the national debt, budget deficits have gone from 0 to 12 trillion dollars and what do we as a nation have to show for it. 2 wars and what may well be a depression! If I am not mistaken there was an election recently and the outcome was dramatic.

    January 27, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Jeff

    Funny how these same Republicans had no problem trying to ram-rod a stimulus TARP bill with no restrictions and or guidlines to follow when the shrub was president. This is nothing more than a grandstanding maneuver by them and they will waste more taxpayer money. Disgusting and shameful.......

    January 27, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Andy B

    Obstructionists. Vote them OUT

    Just say no to the GOP the party of fear, hate, destruction and obstruction.

    January 27, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. REG in AZ

    Giving merit to anything a Russ Limbaugh says is completely ridiculous, it just isn’t worth addressing, and there is so much being said by so many that picking out things that merit real consideration is difficult. We keep hearing about bipartisan cooperation and honest conscientious efforts yet it is really difficult to find any. They all say they understand how drastic everything is but it is hard to see their actions as other than more of the same. First off, you would expect that the Republicans would understand that their last eight years in strong, stubborn and even arrogant support of Bush-Cheney, with all of the problems caused there, would now call for less politics, more humility and sincerity and some real cooperation. Second, you would think that after experiencing and criticizing all of the irresponsible spending and actions, favoring Special Interests and a select few, of the Bush-Cheney years, that the Democrats would now be more conscientious and honestly focused on getting it right. Are we to always be stuck with politics as usual? Is the only way for the two-party system to function is as irresponsible and aggressive, competitive and self-serving politics with only subterfuge for the people? Over the last several years and including now, once putting aside the continual and misleading rhetoric, we see our politicians have never been capable of getting over themselves, even now while we are on an express train going into the pits. Osama bin Laden has to be sitting back and laughing as what he tried to do to us, we are now doing to ourselves. Good luck America!

    January 27, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. Tek

    Maybe the stimulus package is bad the way it is but the house Republicans need to offer up an alternative if they have a better solution. Voting no while not having a plan of their own is risky and just plain negative. I personally don't think Republican tax cuts are going to do it . No matter how much money you give people, they won't spend and the only viable spending machine right now is the govt. The only thing is having govt. spend it correctly.

    January 27, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. Mari

    That's fine, really. The GOP is continuing to shoot -itself-in-the-foot.

    First the Republicans, do not GET why they LOST the elections! Their vitriolic campaigns and the hate, lies, fear and division they spew!

    Secondly, the GOP continues to deny the obvious.... that not only did we, the People, reject their vile politics.... but Obama won by a HUGE margin! A CLEAR MANDATE.

    And lastly, the Republicans continue to OBSTRUCT progress and help to the Nation!

    All this will get the rest of the Republicans tossed OUT of office in the next elections!

    Republicans= egos, obstruction & hate-mongering.

    January 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. jb

    Can't wait to dump more of the GOP in 2010.

    January 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. isaiah

    This is the dumdest thing that I have ever seen.

    January 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Matt

    "...you can explain why it's a bad bill."

    But they won't, because the only reasons for their opposition are that it was introduced and pushed by Obama and the Dems and because it contains money for family planning....even they know that it's hypocritical in the 21st century to claim "family values" don't include family planning....they just don't want bible thrown at them by their contituents next time they go to their home states.

    January 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Joe, Georgia

    This represents the same old obstructionist games that we can no longer tolerate in Washington. These people have been elected to serve the country in a time of extreme danger to our economy and therefore many individuals jobs, homes and lives. To pout like a bunch of kids on the playground not getting the toy they want is disgusting. Don't they understand that most of us can't afford the time they are wasting by playing their childish games. If they don't like what's on the table they need to step up and offer constructive alternatives and get the job done.

    January 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. FromTexas

    We need to get these guys out of office. Get a list of who is up for reelection in 2010 and start sending money to their opponent. Obama won. We elected his ideas, not the republican way of doing things. There is no political benefit for the republicans to support the stimulus. They are messing with our jobs and don't care.

    January 27, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. jdurand1970

    This whole "no on principle" ethic is stupid, no matter what side of the aisle it comes from.

    I hope Boehner goes along with the rest of his non-progressive Republican cronies.

    Oh, how I wish these guys would get a clue and retire the "us vs them" mentaility. We don't need that right now. They need to stop worrying about Party interests and in-fighting and start worrying about the American people's interests.

    January 27, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  22. Nick The Photographer

    Hey Republicans! We'll remember this the next election cycle.

    January 27, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Hammer

    Hope the GOP will find the balls to vote for the good of the American people and tell the Dems to take a hike!

    January 27, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Jean

    Why did you close the comment column on "President Obama working phones for stimulus"

    What is wrong you can't handle negitive comments about your Obama.

    January 27, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Jim

    This bill is not even good pork – it is about 50% fat. I say vote , "NO!"

    January 27, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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