February 2nd, 2009
12:33 PM ET
14 years ago

GOP governor: We need an economic stimulus now

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/02/art.getty.obama.jim.douglas.jpg caption="President Obama met with Gov. Douglas Monday to talk about the American recovery and reinvestment plan."](CNN) - President Barack Obama and a Republican governor pushed for stimulus legislation at the White House this morning, as the president continued his push to attract GOP support.

Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas, vice chairman of the National Governors Association, told reporters that governors are looking to the federal government for assistance to "stimulate the economy, create jobs, to help us balance our budgets and preserve essential programs for the American people - and avoid the need to raise taxes at the state level."

The nearly $900 billion dollar bill passed the House last week without a single Republican vote. It is now in the hands of the Senate, and has faced bipartisan criticism from fiscal conservatives who say there are too many spending programs and not enough tax cuts for small businesses.

"I know there are some differences on some of the elements, and if I were writing it, it might be a little different,” said Douglas Monday. “If you were writing it, it might be a little different. But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get our nation's economy moving."

Obama said governors, mayors and county officials — who have been more supportive of stimulus spending than federal lawmakers - “are seeing the devastating effects on the ground of this economy." Many states have been forced to borrow from the federal government as their unemployment insurance funds run dry.

"People are being laid off, and that means that governors like Jim are having to not only deal with declining revenue, but increased social services to provide support for people who are unemployed as they're seeking work," he said.

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soundoff (129 Responses)
  1. David

    Kelly in WI.

    I hate to say it but you are an idi0t!!

    Honey bee insurance would be a smart thing. if you have been paying attention. Honey bees are dying at an alarming rate!!!

    What does this mean to America? No bee's no pollination! No pollination, no flowers, fruit, vegetables... etc... NO AMERICA!!!!

    Dumb Dumb

    February 2, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. John

    The Republican Governors and Republican Congressmen keep playing that old song of give us a tax break and trickle down will occur. Well, that tune went out with the last election and they better get with the plan or risk becoming an obscure minor party. We have tried all that trickle down stuff, and it doesn't work!

    It's time the rich people pay their fair share and it's time to close the doors on job outsourcing to third world countries or the USA will turn into a third world power.

    February 2, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. Kevin

    So the great one needs to drag in a two-bit governor from a meaningless state to convince us to sign on to the Porkulus Plan.

    We've come a long way from the Greek columns in Denver, the multitudes in Berlin and the pagentry of innauguration. The great one is sinking fast and projecting to the world his lack of confidence and inability to lead.

    February 2, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. AndreinFL

    President Obama is reaching across the isle so much in these first couple of days at his new job. I already see the change and i love it. Now when someone ask you "What change?" say "This change!"

    February 2, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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