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

GOP leaders urge colleagues to vote no on Stimulus

CNN

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. Lonny LeFever

    Am I correct or not ? Didn't the 53 millions voter speaking that we were not satisfied with your Job for the last 8 years ?

    Surprise: You messed it up and have, put not only our very principles our nation was founded on. We no longer want to shot then ask quetions and now believe every person in our nation have Rights and should express what we have seen as wrong and shameful.

    January 27, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  2. AbetterUSA

    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 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Maggie from Virginia

    If the GOP has better ideas, other than tax cuts, please share. It's going to take more than tax cuts to right this sinking ship.

    January 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Angie in Pa

    John Boner has to go right along with Pelosi both are too damened PARTISAN! Nothing will ever get done with these two fighting Bickering Partisan Children And Boner do remember your Party is a minority now! so who gives a sh–t what you think!

    January 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. insanity

    I really don't understand why the GOP is so against it.
    As it stands, there is no reason to believe that tax cuts will stimulate the economy. about 80% of the working people earn less than 100K. Their tax breaks would only be about 1000 to 2000 a year. That's less than $200 a month. That's a drop in the bucket.

    Only the wealthiest will get a significant amount of money. No one in their right mind would invest in this economy. So no jobs will be created.

    Clinton increased taxes, and people still made tonns of money.

    This is stupid republican partisan tactics. They say they love america, but all they love is themselves.

    January 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. Don

    Can the unpopularity of this party be any lower, i think so.

    January 27, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. David S.

    Why do the Democrats insist on putting pork in this thing? We dont need money for condoms and ACORN! Obama needs to get the red ink out and line those items out!

    January 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Matt

    Hellow boyz 'n girlz, welcome to the GOP Donkey Show!

    January 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. Ha

    Okay John Boneheaded!!!! CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE THE FIRST REPUGNANTAN TO FALL!!! KISS THE HOUSE SEAT GOODBYE!!!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Gallimimus

    It would work out much better if Boehner just fell off the face of the earth! This guy is going to be one of those representatives that is an obstacle, rather than a beneficial member of our government. The only thing he is going to do is get in the way of what the American people really need.

    January 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Bret

    Great going guys! First you cause this mess, then you try to stop a forward moving solution from being achieved.

    January 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. GopAreLoser

    where were this idoiots for the last eight years when this county was getting buried with debt and coruption. All they are trying to do it to stay relevent.

    January 27, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. witch

    How can tax cuts help when so many people have lost their jobs? If you are not working then you are not paying taxes any way. We need to save the jobs that are still out there and to create new ones. Why don't you get your head out of your whatever and live in the real world for once. WE THE PEOPLE NEED AND WANTED CHANGE SO LET US ALL WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A WAY TO SAVE AMERICA. The last 8 years have not worked. Just look at all the jobs that were lost on Mon. I don't think the repubs care what happens.

    January 27, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Kevin

    They just don't "get it", do they? If we wanted what the Republicans are selling we would have voted for them.

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Gallimimus

    It would work out much better if Boehner just fell off the face of the earth! This guy is going to be one of those representatives that is an obstacle, rather than a beneficial member of our government. The only thing he is going to do is get in the way of what the American people really need.

    January 27, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. Bob

    GOP......losers. Now the nah sayers once again. Gee, they drop our enormous deficit on the country, leave our finances in shambles and now want to block efforts to do something. What stupid men.

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. BeefyDaddy

    When you run out of ideas, you can always rely on obstructionist tactics. Well done GOP.

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. Rock Texas

    GOP or Grand Obstructionist Party in full action. After almost bankrupting the nation, they are back to finish the job.

    The GOP apparently did not listen to the people in 2006, 2008 and it is clear they don't care American's mandate for change and working together.

    When the economy is geeting from bad to worst to disaster to...what's next?... Republicans just don't care!

    It is either conservative agenda of tax cuts for riches and corporations and cut of social programs or nothing.

    The people has Obama's back on this one and the people will prevail.

    We need Obama's stimulus bill and we need it now!!! That was what we voted for!!

    If we wanted a GOP stimuls bill we would have voted for McCain/Palin

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. nick

    A typical Republican response. We are against it, we don't have an alternative, we just know it is not our plan and therefore it can't be a good plan.... We don't care what the people want, or what 68million voters have say.... SO, we are taking our ball and going home.......

    And, to think these people were voted in to help all the people of their districts and state... Shame, shame on all of them.

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Lu

    The GOP thrives on division....I just don't get it. Can't they see the only way to help this country is to be unified? Shame on them...

    January 27, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Sharon

    Well what did everyone expect! They helped President Bush to run the economy into the ground and now they expect that we will still give constant tax cuts to the rich and to big business. The only answer Republican leaders have for any problem is tax cuts. Who else in the world would cut taxes while promoting two wars?

    They are requesting that all Republicans vote no to the stimulus package and are unable to understand that you can't cut taxes for the unemployed. They do not understand that food stamps and extending unemployment benefits would help more than tax cut especially when people are out of work. It will be interesting to see how united they are to vote against the raise that they are supposed to get this year. Indeed. And why aren't they posting their salaries, benefits and pensions on the Internet to show transparency like President Obama? The answer is that they are hipocrites. Plain and simple!!!

    January 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Gene

    The Republican leaders are urging their people to vote "no" on the bill, but are they offering anything as a substitute... any solutions? Is their plan to basically keep doing nothing, then blame the democrats for not being able to accomplish anything?

    January 27, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  23. Matt

    Boehner's name cracks me up...it's so ironic because the GOP is basically a big fat political gelding at this point.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Debra

    Shame on Dana Bush – her bias is showing! She continuously refrains from referring to the President of the USA as "President" Barack Obama and chooses to ignore his title. She is noticeably disrespectful and it is painful to listen to her. CNN, get with the program and stop condoning this obvious and deliberate 'oversight' on the part of one of your so-called "Senior Correspondents".

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. David Ferdinand/New York

    These repubilcan better realize very quickly that this is not about negotiation; it's about compromise for the sake of the American people, who put them in office and can vote their, tanned, lazy, partisian, washington as usaual, butts out of office.

    I understand losing power hurts, and you guys are scared. However,
    CHANGE IS HERE... and IT AINT GOING NOWHERE!!!! at least for another 4-8 years.
    So, get to work, and forget about your country clubs for a while.

    January 27, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
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