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. Streamwood Bill

    It is so easy to say no, but what do Republicans like Boehner and McConnell offer as an alternative? The same ole, same ole ... attacks on the Democrats.

    So much for bipartisanship.

    The GOP would rather see the country spiral down even further and more Americans loose their jobs than cooperate with the Democrats.

    These Republicans don't love America, they love power and control.

    January 27, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |

    you're going down repugs!

    January 27, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    GOP voting against the stimulous bill, but say they will later try to figure out an alternative. THE GOP ARE NOTHING BUT OBSTRUCTIONIST AND NEED TO BE THROWN OUT OF WASHINGTON UNTIL THEY SHOW THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO VOTE.

    January 27, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Shane

    This message is to Rebulicans and Democrats alike. Stop the foolish games and start talking about solutions that will make this bill more effective! The last quote in this article just sent me boiling. "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."
    This statement might as well have come a highschooler because it lacks any serious insight or plan of attack. It just sounds sounds like sour grapes to me. Where is the drive to improve our country in these people. While I don't agree with all the fluff that's in this bill, at least Democrats are hard at work trying to do SOMETHING! Come on GOP and Dems, start working together for the sake of our country!

    January 27, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. Independent-Fred

    Carefull GOP..

    You can't just be against something without offering legitimate ideas. So far all America has heard is we won't vote yes..

    Offer real alternatives that benefit working americans or risk wholesale changes in 2012. Oh & that goes for the Barney franks of Pelosi's & Reids as well.

    January 27, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Great. Someone remind them that they were all for putting a war on credit card. Tax cuts will solve the world problems.

    viva la partisanship!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Jon

    Typical Republican stance on the issues. Throw stones and complain, but come up with nothing that even resembles a solution or an alternative.

    January 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Tony

    Question to GOP Leaders: where is your proposal?

    January 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. Happy Camper

    Boehner looks drunk again. He may end up crying on the house floor. We want Ron Paul to speak for Republicans.

    January 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Ryan

    One of the GOP's main problems, both foreign and domestic, is its inability to commence negotiations. That last quote in the story further illustrates their "we're going to fight you every step of the way" attitude that Americans are sick of.

    January 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. pam

    Well lets see, Obama has been in office for 7 days and already the honeymoon is over. In fact, some of the wacko talk show idiots are calling for his impreachment.

    When we will ever learn to work together???? I fear never, what a shame. It is so much easier to destroy than it is to build – seems lots of folks have more experience in the negative mode.

    Great, just great!

    January 27, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Gloria

    While this country is sufering, the republicans are still trying hold things up...

    Don't you get it? That is why you are so far in the minority in Congress!!!

    You idiots!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. cherrystrawberry

    this is going to backfire on the GOP soooo badly! they just dont get it.

    January 27, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. Josh

    I like the fack that all of a sudden the Repubs want to curb spending.
    Where were they when Bush spent all the money he spent in 8 years? They were all yes men. Now they want to be distructive. They must be towing Pill Popper Lindrug's line. The American people will see them for who they really are – "******heads* Come 2010, we will get a 63 seat majority for Obama in the Senate, then they can all crawl back to their cubby holes and "cry".

    January 27, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Elaine Bergstrom

    Every year my taxes seem to get lower and lower and the economy gets worse and worse. The sad thing about lowering taxes is that it is so hard to raise them again. America is a consuming society and for years the GOP has taken money and given it to the rich corporations that move their manufacturing jobs to third world countries to cut cost. So, with so many having to take pay cuts to keep afloat, how can they continue to consume. Obama has an answer – not the best one which would be to mandate that any stimulus funds go only to companies that employ American workers – but far better than another tax cut for the rich. Obama wants to negotiate, Boerner wants to stonewall. We'll see who comes out on two when the next election is held. I have a feeling it won't be the Grumpy Old (rich) People party.

    January 27, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. J

    Yes that is right... no need to read and formulate your own opinion on the bill.. Republican "They Party of the Follower"

    January 27, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  17. Sherry

    Vote against it, and we will remember it come your time for re-election! Just because you have a house or two, or three, a job, health insurance, food on the table, money in the bank - gives you no right to block help to those who are truly hurting. You should be ashamed of yourselves!

    January 27, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. neal

    this is yet another of endless examples for all to see, of the incredible intellect and insight of the modern day Republican Party in general, and it's enlightened leadership in particular!!

    January 27, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. Larry from RI

    And that "better bill" would be exactly what and when?
    Just more of the same nay saying from the right with no suggestions other than to lower the taxes on corporations and their wealthy friends. This sounds like more of the same failed ideology that got us into this mess in the first place.

    The party of "NO" with NO cooperation, NO ideas, NO sense of right and wrong, NO scruples and NO solutions other than to offer more obstructionism – time for the DEM "nuclear option" perhaps?

    Thank you for helping to ensure the GOP's demise!

    January 27, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  20. show it up

    Way to go guys...Please don't let this country go to waste with all these stupid DEMOCRATS running it...Our lives where better off with GW Bush and a Republican Congress..now we have a mess with a bunch of killers on board..Stand strong on our beliefs and keep America safe

    January 27, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. karen-Phoenix

    It's people like Boener, Romney, Kyle that got us into the mess we are in!!! I WAS a republican for over 40 years but this year it was President Obama all the way!!! I voted for and donated to President Obama. I'm still a register republican who, when younger worked for the republican party. NO MORE!!!! These men and men like them have destroyed my country!!!! NOW they will not even work with someone who trying to bend over backwards to work with them. DIsgusting republicans!!! And Rush should be fired!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. President Obama

    And....what are their ideas?

    January 27, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. rjsr.spilger@mchsi.com

    the bail outs are something that are needed to keep us afloat, but for the sake of all in this country, make them accountable. make sure that what they are doing with our money is the right thing. Meaning that if you want to give them billions, don't allow them to go to china to build new factory's. As far as the banks, what are they doing buying up all the other bqnks if they can't even keep the ones they have out of the red? I don't understand the stupidity as to how this money is being used.

    January 27, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  24. Canuck

    what does he need the rebubs for!! if the plan is so great he has the votes to make it work. if the plan is so great the dems should forget the repubs.

    the reason is the plan stinks, and is a pay-off to keep the dems in power. it will fail and the dems want to find someone to blame.

    January 27, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |

    kbr got enough so did haliburton now its time for the american workers ,you say no ok start looking for a new job

    January 27, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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