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. mb-texas

    Is this a surprise.The republicans are against any program
    unless it is for the upper income people.Obama has reach
    out to the republicans but they do not want to give anything
    except their brainwashed thinking.Where were they at the last
    8 years.

    January 27, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. Matt in Oregon

    Wow. Now THAT'S what I call public service! C'mon team, who cares about the economy anyway?

    January 27, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  3. Nick

    100%? They won't get that, ever. Their party is too fractured.

    January 27, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    So childish....................

    January 27, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. DSJ

    Why is it so hard to get a good bill? It's got to be about the give and take. If the Dems get this, then the Reps get something in return. If the Reps demand something, they should give the Dems something. It shouldn't be all or nothing from either party. Gah. THIS is why Washington doesn't work.

    January 27, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Alaskim

    Oh yeah....good idea...."whipping against it". "Loud cheers" from the Republicans...you betcha..you guys have had a solid 8 years of great economic policies. How pathetic. Don't you get it....the country does not respect your ideas or your plans. Go ahead and be a complete opposition party, this country is done with your ideals, they have not worked. Most of us simply don't care what Boehner and his gang of naysayers think.

    January 27, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. HKK

    What a bunch of losers..What's their idea? More tax cuts that have proven to do nothing for the country.

    January 27, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Greed is not good

    As if they have any better idea? Either outline your own solution or shut-up. I'm sure they would prefer more of the same Bush policies that got us into this mess in the first place i.e. more deregulation...

    January 27, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. v

    I tell you what, let's just do nothing, that is what the Republicans want. Therefore, we can let the Republicans have their way and we can go tank up like the Icelanders did. Won't that be great, everyone out of work, all the jobs gone to overseas and then fighting can break out here in the US and see where that gets us.

    I am so tired of the Republicans thinking they only they have the answers, alot of Democrats have good ideas, and we should try some of them. Republicans, quit trying to get your own way like a two year old and help

    January 27, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |


    January 27, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Ryan-TX

    Now we'll see who flinches first.

    January 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. tigerakabj

    And I hope they do to their own peril. Obama knew good and well they wouldn't support his plan, now he is just showing America that "they don't care about you."

    2010 is that far away GOP. You tried to stop Barack with your socialist, marxist, liberal, communist palling-around-with-terrorist crap during the election and he steamrolled you and left McCain broke. Keep at it.

    January 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. RGB in MN

    This is what happens when you have renegade Democratic House, with Mrs, birth control in charge.
    The Republicans are closer to PEBO than his own party.

    Note to Democrats in the WH & Congress: Did you not have time to better plan for the 1st week?

    What a debacle!

    January 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. Cathy Brandes

    John Boehner needs to vote on what is best for the country and not what is best for the GOP – but then he never has voted on what's best for the country!

    January 27, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. cnnnewser

    This Boner guy is coniving and sneaky.
    His party nearly destroyed the country, and he and his cronies want to finish the job.
    I support President Obama.

    January 27, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Brady

    Good. I'm not very convinced on this bailout. The government didn't do well with the last $700 million, so why should we give them another $825 million?

    January 27, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Ray Ray


    Obama, Pelosi, Reid & Co. call it "Job Stimulus"...but it's nothing but PORK for their causes: $30 Billion to subsidize health insurance, $15 Billion in new Pell Grants, and more tax breaks for people WHO DON'T PAY TAXES.

    NONE of that creates 1 new job!

    This isn't the Socialist States of America.... but Obama & friends are working hard to get us there! God Help America!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. bsmith171

    they don't want to get caught with obama and his "TAX CHEATING" treasury puppet.

    January 27, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Uncle S.A.M.

    All I hear from the GOP are complaints and no solutions. All they want to do is drag their feet. I doubt if they will get 100% opposition to the bill. But if these right wingers want to negotiate, offer solutions and stop bickering. Obviously the President wants this to be a bipartisan bill.

    January 27, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. american citizen

    Typical obstructionism once again. We are so sick and tired of it. Any fool can simply say no; it takes some intelligence to actually generate some positive ideas for the bill. You would have thought the Republicans would have learned that by now. Americans are not interested in political gridlock for the sake of power or who is to be in charge. Work together to make progress or you will be completely voted out of government at the next elections. We the people are watching all the politicians....count on it.

    January 27, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. AC

    As far as I know, we voted for a DEMORCRATIC president along with a democratic house and senate majority because we believe that their ideas will better for the economy. The republicans are lucky that Obama is willing to listen to their ideas, especially since their votes aren't needed anyways. Instead of whining to reporters, get to work!

    January 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    So the GOP is basically saying that they don't support the stimulus bill on the basis of "It's our perrogative", yet when asked why or what needs to be changed they have nothing better to add. Grandstanding is going to hurt more than you republicans would have imagined. Also, I understand looking at other options and that it is very important for the republican opposition to play a key role in finding a balance solution–but when you have nothing better to add you are basically blocking aide to America. I don't care if you are republicans or democrats–no one party holds the bag of best ideas of the other so stop claiming you do. If the republicans want to do more harm to their parties reputation then keep up the sorry attitudes and bad leadership skills.

    January 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Dave G

    The main Republican message here is that tax cuts will work better than government spending. I disagree with this message.

    During normal economic times, even mild recessions, tax cuts work because most people will spend the money they save on taxes, which stimulates the economy. But right now, most people are so scared that they will just hang on to that money in case things get worse. This is reflected in stats – consumer debt is down for the first time in years, and consumer savings is up. But even with consumers reducing debt and increasing savings, and with interest rates near zero, banks are still too scared to lend money.

    So tax cuts will increase consumer savings and decrease consumer debt, but will not increase consumer spending or bank loans. That's not a way to stimulate our economy. This time around, we'll need direct government spending.

    January 27, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. RealityKing

    Sometimes the best spending is no spending at all.., every good businessman knows that.

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. TyWebb

    Hey, Boner, is it another "crap sandwich"?

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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