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. Anonymous

    I have been listening to both parties and it makes me wonder if the GOP had such a good idea, why didn't they present it when Bush was president. Also they are talking about giving more money out with tax credits but what good is a tax credit for people out of a job and unemployment going through the roof the both of you had better come to some type of understanding because after all the money you bailed out the banks was taxpayer money and now the President want to give back to the people some of their money through extending unemployment nad health care the GOP want to close the door. I can tell you one thing if you don't do something that when your time is up you mayas well retire because noone will vote republican again after the supposely raise you all voted in for yourself.

    January 27, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. shelley:florida

    Well what else can you expect. The behavior of the republican leaders remind me of my 5 year daughter. If you cannot get your way, throw a fit and refuse to listen to reason. After 8 years of Bush policies resulting in a failing economy, its time for a new approach and ideas.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Go for it and you will be the next republican voted out of office.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. John

    Republcans – Obstructing American success for 8 years.

    They agree to meet to discuss the proposals but before the meeting decide to be against whatever the proposals are. How is this any different than Sadam and the weapons inspectors? WHo is the real enemy to American Progress?

    These are the same people that caused these problems, now they want to block anything that is not the same polcies that created the problems? Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is simply crazy!

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Matt

    Keep doing this, GOP leaders, and the country will urge your districts to vote no on you.

    January 27, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Joy

    Michael, I agree with you. I live in Michigan, which has the highest unemployment rate and every day more get added to the unemployment roles. Unemployment barely covers basics. Tax cuts for people on unemployment are not really helpful. I am tired of the Republicans supposedly standing up for what's right or correct over helping people. If they don't want the stimulus, then what are their ideas?

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. eddy

    Excuse me sir but you are one of the people responsible for the mess you have put the american people in so don't be so ignorant and give obama a change to fix the f-up that the little hitler and the rest of your party did.

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. CATHY

    IT'S ashame the way law makers take such loose attitudes about our lives, a lot of people in general have very UGLY attitudes towards really
    helping anyone, it's not just about President Barrack Obama, it should
    be about US AS A PEOPLE and doing what is necessary to make this
    country work as a whole for everyone. When will WASHINGTON AND
    WE THE PEOPLE REALLY WORK TOGETHER people are suffering,
    they are hungry, cold, can't keep the roof over their heads, can't do for
    their spouses or children or themselves we are destroying ourselves
    and a lot of it has to do with GREED AND HATRED

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. Corey W

    In 2010 please vote out these hypocrite repubs, they don't have the American people intrests at heart only the top 5%.....

    January 27, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  10. Ex-Republican

    GOP: Good Only at Procrastinating

    If it's progress, republicans are against it. If it helps america, republicans oppose it. If it doesn't kill our young women and men over seas, republicans hate it. If it doesn't give to their rich buddies and steal from the tax payer, republicans won't stand for it. If it is not their idea, but it's a great idea, they will refuse it.

    Republicans, the problem to all of our solutions!

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  11. Tomas E

    So in other words, while millions of americans are hurting and struggling, we've got the GOP playing games. I guess the past 8 years wasn't enough for them? Come on GOP, all of us out here in every day life expect much more of you than this.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. garin


    I read with utmost interest Rep.Cantor's comment " we want 100% against" regarding the stimulus bill. Even though I have not read the GOP's whole argument, it reeks of "our-party-first-rest-is- BS" type rancidity.

    Certainly, I can not resist the temptation of the thought of their "getting even " attitude with the triumphant Dems, regarding this bill. Hey GOPs! For once, put aside your partisan feelings and try to sound more amicable than what you are now. I think that will be a step in the right direction of service to the nation.

    Arrogance will not pay in the long run and you know it already.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. Arlene Illinois

    Well it looks like the Republican House has gotten their
    message from their leader, Rush Limbaugh!

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. KenM

    Of course, here comes the bi-partisan GOP. I want to see how many of these remnant [R] congressmem are dumb enough to follow their moronic leadership into political oblivion. They learned a lesson alright from the last election - the WRONG lesson. If it weren't for the abject stupidity of some areas of this country the [D]s would be shooting for having 80 senators after the 2010 elections. When the [R] senators and congressmen start mis-behaving this time, I say Mr. Obama and the [D] leadership should show no mercy. Slash and burn, baby!.... with my full support.

    January 27, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Chuck

    What's even more ridiculous is this is a man from a state who is in one of the worst financial crisis in the country, and he is denying help to those who really need it. Go Ohio. You keep voting these republicans in who are doing absolutely nothing to help the regular people of OHIO. Sad..

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Rosa, b'ham al

    I hope they vote no. It will make them look like obstructionist and that they don't really care about the rest of us struggling in this economy. The fact that they have no goo alternatives makes them look even stupider. Tax cuts alone is not going to fix this mess. Did we just have 8 years of the big Bush tax cuts. Did that do anything? NO

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. boered1

    Typical Radical religious rightwing thinking "We have no negotiating position until someone starts negotiating" Translated it means "Unless they atre wsilling to give us everything we want and drop everything we want dropped we willnot talk with them" Same "reasoning" bush used when discussing meetings with our "enemies". Until they give into our demands we willnot negotiate with them. The radical right STILL does not understand that they ahve a chance, NOW and open only for a short time, to show that they are willing to work for ALL AMERICA and not just the radical rightwingers who voted them into office, that they are willing to work to get GOvernment doing the all the peoples' business and not just play partisian politics. They ahve a man in office, willing to listen and compromise, FOR NOW, they can easily lose that by their all or nothing approach but they should beware if they lose that than it will be ALL or NOTHING and with the Democratic majority in both houses, and the overall support this president has they will end up with NOTHING.


    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. california grandma

    so the republicans have not learned anything.

    if you want to vote against something, fine, but come up with a better idea.

    if you can't come up with a better idea, keep your trap shut.

    did you not see the results of the election in November?

    do you not realize we do not want this type of political game playing, especially when the economy is in crisis?

    do you want to be re-electied, or part of the team that allowed our country to fail?

    i believe the republicans, in general, are willing to let the country go down the tubes, as long as THEIR constituancy is taken care of.

    January 27, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. NY republican

    Sue- if he's lieing about the contraceptives being in the bill, then why is there an article here saying that Obama is ready to take that portion out of the bill?

    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  20. Democrat AGAINST Corruption

    This Democrat is also urging you to vote NO.!


    January 27, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  21. kima

    More spending on infrastructure projects and less tax cuts for corporations. We won. Quit bowing to the Republicans. Now.

    January 27, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. Dylan from MN

    Okay, I was all for bipartisanship, and still am, but if the Republicans are just going to be a bunch of cry babies screw 'em, we need ACTION and we NEED IT NOW!!!!

    January 27, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. 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 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    So much for putting partisanship aside in the best interest of America...Republicans can't seem to help but keep digging their own grave. And the sooner they bury themselves in the history books as a once respected and effective party that went off the deep end crazy. Boehner, Cantor.... they all make me sick.

    January 27, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. R in Maine

    What is going on here? Is that fat boy on the radio now the leader of the Republican party. If you try to vote no, you just accepting the blame for blocking someone who would at least try to make things better. Just vote no and you will be unemployed after 2010. Just threaten to hold your breath and turn blue. That approach will go well with your investment in Bank of America.

    January 27, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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