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. RJ

    Wow, you Dems really have no clue how things work in DC do you?
    The Republicans have ideas and solutions. Obama needs to be open to listening to them. It sounds like he is willing to do that, unlike that witch Pelosi who has tried to stuff so much pork in this bill it isn't funny.

    "Sue", Boehner is lying about anything. Pelosi stuffed the contraceptive piece into the bill after it was written. They can do that ya know. 😉 It's called PORK.

    And to "J", Obama does NEED the Republicans. He is POTUS, not a king. He does not have absolute power.
    The Dems also do not have a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, so he does NEED the Republicans.

    January 27, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. I was right!

    Sue January 27th, 2009 1:17 pm ET

    John Boehner is lying about "contraceptives" being in HR.1. There is no such mention… he is trying to rally ultra right wing conservative pro-lifers to vote against the bill. The rubric is covered under "family planning", but mentions nothing about "contraceptives." He is using this gimmick as a means to say that this one example, which he is lying about, is a reason for "wasteful spending."

    _______________________________________________________

    There is a clause for "family planning" which can translate to abortion and contraceptives ala Planned Parenthood. Weren't you the same person that couldn't spell "illiterate" the other day? Give it a rest.

    January 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  3. gg

    throw in another war and they all vote yes

    January 27, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Grant

    I am so glad to no longer belong to the GOP. President Obama is not even acting like the typical Democrat. He is acting as an American. We all need to help. The GOP needs to get out of the way or offer at least an alternative solution. My guess is they are so far out of touch with mainstream America they haven't a clue as to what is going on or how to fix it. The GOP resorts to their typical bashing and fear mongering.

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Other media sources explain why....4.2 billion allocated to ACCORN is one reason, CNN just omitts this

    January 27, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Sharon Kitchen

    So Boehner and Cantor are the 2 Rep running "their "party?
    Only "they "can state what "their" fellow Rep can do?
    Wow.
    For the rest of America.......I guess these are the "2 "to remember to always call on,write,email,,fax for anything and everything ,no matter where you live /work ,or not/if you have any questions reguarding anything in your life. They are the important ones.........(they think).
    Let's be real here................they are NOT the important ones.
    The American people are hurting RIGHT NOW. How dare them to think they are so much so..............they are not.
    Alot of people are all working together to find solutions,instead of being road blocks.......keep on keeping on.But do remember their names.
    When this crisis is past.........and they want someone to vote on something they may bring to the table.......consider it VERY carefully.

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Adriana

    If the Republicans think this is a bad bill, what do they want? Bush nationalized the banks and cut ALL taxes for most corporations. Nothing has worked so far.
    I am an American citizen and tax payer (unlike Exxon, for example) and I want new infrastructure and new energy...not new tax cuts that only help a few.

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Brandon

    If I were Democrats I would submit a bill that had NO tax cuts and 300 billion more dollars in spending. If the Republicans don't like the bill now they should see what kind of bill progressives really can submit.

    January 27, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. Woman voter in MN

    Typical Republican all criticism, no new solutions. "It's bad" - gee that's real analytical. We can tell he put tons of thought into that one. It is so obvious that he cares only about his party/political career. If he cared one iota about what is good for our country he would at least try to present a detailed criticism and/or his own ideas. This is exactly why after many years as an Independent I am happy to say that I am now firmly a Democrat. The Republicans need a big change in leadership that is more moderate and willing to be bipartisan.

    January 27, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. Jim D, IL

    There are the Republicans....the party of "No, No, No". Not that they have any other ideas, they just take whatever the Dems want to do, good or bad, and say vote "No."

    January 27, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Linda K.

    The Republicans are the main reason we're in this mess. Don't they owe us a decent effort to fix it? Every voter needs to remember this the next time we have an election. They won't listen until every one of them is voted out of there.

    January 27, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Same Old Party

    It figures that the Republicans are going to keep acting the same old way. Prez Obama has already extended the olive branch more than once. Prez Obama has already said that he is going to work for all Americans. The Republicans need to submit new ideas and give constructive criticism, but they are instead just playing the same old games.

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

    Republicans only care about themselves. They are unwilling to compromise, give and take....they are not even in the majority, you'd think considering the mess we're in they'd be willing to work together.

    Stubborn, stubborn, stubborn.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. AJ

    Big surprise, huh? This is why we Democrats need to stop whining about bipartisanship and push through our agenda regardless of the opinions of Republicans. Obama ineeds to stop looking for political cover in case some of his policies fail.

    January 27, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  15. bill

    Why do republicans look evil?

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

    The 168 billion dollar stimulus package in the spring was a bust, business tax cuts make sense only for small businesses as corporations have so many loopholes now that they do not pay what the Republicans claim they do, and Bush's tax breaks for the wealthy did not "trickle down."

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

    All the Republicans keeping saying is tax cuts. If that is all that comes out of their mouth, we don’t need them. President Obama has extended his hands and they are refusing to come of the hole that former President Bush drove us into. It's time to move on.

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

    I'm glad to see the Republicans vote against the stimulus package. It will help to condemn them to eternal irrelevance and, hopefull, the Republican Party will go the way of the dodo bird - extinction. We need a new loyal opposition of people who can think.

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

    Not suprised. They are the same people. The only thing that has changed is the President. Those old goats will never change. Just say no but have no ideas of their own. Then they can say President Obama failed.

    Too bad President Obama did not anticipate that the GOP does not want change and if it comes they will not allow him to take credit for it. Underlying hatred. What are they bringing to the table. Same ole politics in Washington.

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

    Have these suits learned nothing? They will never realize they are a dying breed.

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

    The only idea the Republicans have had since Reagan is "Tax cuts fix everything." – over and over again. They're oblivious to reality and changing circumstances Even Laffer himself put no numbers on his curve and declined to say where we were on it.

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

    You Dems just don't get it. You can't spend money you don't have. Do any of you really understand what's going on? Doing something just to do something accomplishes nothing.

    January 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Peace.....

    All the Republicans keeping saying is tax cuts. If that is all that comes out of their mouth, we don’t need them. President Obama has extended his hands; and they are refusing to come of the hole that former President Bush drove us into. It's time to move on.

    January 27, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  24. Chumley

    The GOP still doesn't get it: Americans voted for CHANGE! We want action NOW! Get behind the President or get out of the way!

    January 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. Victor from Denver

    Wish there was a way we can get rid of these bozos – Boner, Pelosi, Reid, etc. Neither one of these clowns is interested in the country or the people. After giving $700 billion to their loser friends in the banking sector, they are disinclined to do anything for the country but would gladly give another trillion dollars without any accountability.

    Maybe it's time for an amendment to the constitution to sweep out all the intransigent rascals in office when the public votes for change.

    What a shame !!!

    January 27, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
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