January 27th, 2009
02:03 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama presses Republicans on stimulus plan

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Obama speaks with reporters about his meeting with house Republicans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In the first real test of bipartisanship for his new administration, President Barack Obama met with Republican representatives on Capitol Hill Tuesday to discuss his proposed $825 billion economic stimulus plan.

"We had a wonderful exchange of ideas, and I continue to be optimistic about our ability to get this recovery package done to put people back to work," Obama said after leaving a meeting with GOP House members.

"There are some legitimate philosophical differences" between Democrats and Republicans on how to stimulate the economy, Obama noted, "and I respect that."

"I don't expect 100 percent agreement," he added. "But I hope we can put politics aside."

Obama is meeting with Republican senators this afternoon.

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  1. DAVE IN CA

    wow, for bloody monday: i guess you will be first in line for that new govt. job from the obama administration.... it will only cost the american people $260K to do it but hey if by growing govt. helps you make your house payment on the backs of americans who actually grow jobs for people like yourself. maybe you shouldn't have bought that house if not stable in your workplace.... i heard Barney Frank is dishing out money to his bank that he hoaxed into putting 60% of its money into freddie and fannie before there collapse... give him a shout maybe he could hook you up and the rest of america who wants govt. created jobs

    January 27, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. Carol

    I am so sick of these Republicans wasting time with this thing just so they can hear the sound of their own voice. Gawd, GROW UP, you lost the election. The country is near collapse because of your stupid party, just try to think of someone besides yourselves for once.

    Have you ever noticed it is always the same ones making statements. They're always huddled in a tight little group so they can get their faces on camera. I think that they are just campaigning for the next election and they want to be recognizable. None of them give a crap about the country or the citizens. They are out for themselves.

    Get rid of ALL of them – they're useless.

    January 27, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Matt

    Stop pressing and start slapping!!!

    January 27, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Ken

    You liberals that support Obama and his stimulus package are crazy. The do-nothing democrat run congress has failed miserably over the last 2+ years so quit blaming Republicans and Bush. This $825 Billion package has too much crap in it and it will not get the economy going, it will instead hurt people and companies. I fo one do not blame the GOP for not supoorting it. The GOP cares about the people and want the right package so things can get moving again.

    January 27, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Crazy Cat Lady

    To Republicans: "Lead, follow or get out of the way."

    You've shown you can't lead to anything but disaster.

    Now follow the lead of the people who can do something about the mess you've created, or get the heck outta their way.

    January 27, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  6. cnnnewser

    Listen to the republican ideas and the democrats ideas – then choose the best of the ideas to put in the bill.

    January 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Jim

    This bill will only further the economic down turn. We need jobs back into this country, and this bill will not do it. We need manufacturing jobs, not road maintenance, and if the e-verify is taken out, we will only be adding more illegal immigrants to the worker role. Anyone going thru a construction zone can tell you that.

    Lets get real. To move this country back to it's roots, we will have to re-introduce the industrial side of this country. 350B has already been lost. No accountability. Another 350B is in the works and this will be lost as well. Then there is another 825B. When does it stop. My grandkids will be paying for this years to come.

    We need a plan in place to put money back into the economy immediately. Not in 3 or 4 years. To those of you who have recently been laid off. I was laid off in 03. At my age, finding a job has been impossible, so I ended up opening my own company. Worked well for 2 years, but now I am in the same shape you are.

    January 27, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Billie Amerson

    I am a republican, and I always will be. The nasty cracks from democrats only prove my point as to why I am republican. You, Obama, will never have my support because I can see through you, that you plan to dismantle this country and change us to the level of your Kenyan home.

    January 27, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. tlou

    What for? He doesn't need them in the House and only needs 2 in the Senate. This is simply postering so he can say "I'm reaching across the ailse". If the plan was so good, the Dems would push it through. They are looking to attached Reps so that when it fails they can blame them.

    January 27, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Ken

    Here's some food for thought as we all wait for more money to be spent foolishly. The government could have given every man, woman, and child in the US a million dollars each and it would have cost less and been far more effective than any previous or future baliout would and will have.

    January 27, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. Larry Houston TX

    @ Ken....Yes I will continue to "Blame" the Republicans & "the bush"
    The Bush had 6 years .....couldn't do it.....At LEAST Obama is WORKING with your so called "do nothing" people ! "The Bush"
    couldn't even WORK wih Anyone ! ( even with his Own people, for the 6 miserable years, that he put the american people through !!

    January 27, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. One Nation under God

    Ken who was in charge of congress for the 6 years before that? and give me one thing they got done?

    January 27, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Streamwood Bill

    The Republicans didn't get it in 1933 and they still don't get it in 2009.

    The country is hurting and needs help. It needs bold action, not the platitudes and obstructionist tactics of the past.

    If GOP lawmakers keep up their partisan ways; the electorate will make the 2008 election seem like the "good ole days" for Republican candidates in 2010.

    January 27, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Soccer Nana

    @Billie Amerson, does your psychiatrist know you have stopped taking your meds and that you have access to the Internet?

    @Ken, if you are so "smart", why don't you run for office and go to the Hill and fix things.

    January 27, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Tim

    I read where people are blaming the Democrat controlled Congress for the past 2 years mess . It is the President who has the last word by signing bills into law . People need to go back and study how our Government is set up . It's called Separation of Power .. U.S. Government 101 ..

    January 27, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Ryan Seattle

    Republicans have no credibility on any issue anymore. I love how they blame the Democrats for the two years, when the economic situation is the result of their FLAWED economic philosophy. republicans can't think anything besides tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts. They haven't had a new idea in 30 years. They are so pathetic and the comments on here just reinforce it. Look at how many still try to claim PRESIDENT Obama is not a citizen.

    January 27, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. j jackson

    i think we need to moved away from the backward thinking sell off america and ship it to kenya? please we are not closed minded people that's is why the world have us in isolation

    January 27, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Kathleen Kelly

    How does 4 BILLION for ACORN which is in this "stimulous package" jump start the economy.Please explain .

    January 27, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Independent_me

    The Republicans, instead of using the second chance that Obama is giving them to redeem themselves, is abusing his generousity. He is trying to include them but they want everything THEIR way. They think that they have him between a rock and a hard place because if he doesn't give them everything that they want, they can say that he is talking inclusiveness, not not doing what THEY want in order to be inclusive.

    They are evil. That is why they will lose even more votes in the next two years. They did nothing under Bush, except blame Clinton. Now they just want everybody to forget sabout the Bush years and do what THEY want Obama to do. They STILL want to give everything to big business, whie pretending to care about small businesses. We are not fooled! They are obstructionists!

    What the government needs to do is to give each head of household with incomes under $150,000 $25,000 each. THAT will pump up the economy with demand for goods and services!

    January 27, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Don in Albuquerque

    I think it is time to start keeping a list of those who wish only to obstruct the President at the expense of the American people. These jokers, whichever side of the aisle they are on, need to go.

    January 27, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. Billie Hater

    to billie: what do you mean by this? that you are a shameful, close-minded idiot that suggests anyone who lives in Kenya is less than us here in America?

    I can see through you, that you plan to dismantle this country and change us to the level of your Kenyan home.

    January 27, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. DAVE IN CA

    the six years prior to the democrats and Frank, Dodd, and Waters didn't destroy the housing market..... it only took these crooks less than 2 years to wipe it out...... what is your argument now?

    January 27, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Tom in PA

    I am an independent who has analyzed the effect of tax policy on the economy over the last 30 years and truthfully there is none. Tax cuts have always increased the deficit and the Clinton tax increase generated 2 years of surpluses. I am disheartened by the fact that Republicans are no longer fiscal conservatives. I would love to ask John Boehmer these 3 questions.
    1.) If a tax cut meant an extra $1,000 for you, how would it effect your lifestyle?
    2.)Would the tax cut change your decision to purchase anything?
    3.) How would it stimulate the economy?

    January 27, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. JOE KILOZ

    WHY,,,,,,,,,,WASTE,,,,,,,,,THE,,,,,,,,,WALK,,,,,,,,,,AND,,,,,,,,,TALK,,,,,,,,,,,,

    WITHOUT,,,,,,,,BIGGER,,,,,,,,,TAX,,,,,,,,,,CUTS,,,,,,,,,,,,LET,,,,,,,,,,,,,THE,,,,,,,,,

    DEMOCRATS,,,,,,,,,,,SINK,,,,,,,,,,IN,,,,,,,,,,,,THEIR,,,,,,,,OWN,,,,,,SEWER,,,,,,,,

    WITH,,,,,,,,,,THIS,,,,,,,,,,PACKAGE

    January 27, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. thanks, but no thanks

    Just think for a second. Both sides working together. Killing babies, liberal agenda are just smoke screens to prevent from helping blue collar workers. Everyone is working harder and getting paid less and less. Work is not appreciated anymore. Bank and wall street executives who bet on money get rewarded. l totally feel for the person who got laid off on Monday, yet it seems that Republicans in Congress are immune to it. Maybe they would like to be super minority in 2010. It has a cool sound to it. Keep on drinking your cool aid Repugs. Soon you will be looking for a job...

    January 27, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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