February 4th, 2009
12:58 PM ET
14 years ago

Nation's mayors press Congress to act quickly on stimulus

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Mayors from across the country descended on the nation's capital Wednesday with a clear message to Washington that their cities were in urgent need of an immediate economic stimulus.

Miami, Florida, Mayor Manny Diaz, president of the nonpartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, led the delegation of mayors, whose first meeting of the day was with top White House senior advisers.

Later Wednesday, Diaz and other mayors are scheduled to attend meetings with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and other key congressional leaders.

The U.S. Senate is debating a nearly $900 billion economic stimulus package backed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. Senate Republican leaders are pushing for a bill with more tax cuts and less spending. They also have said they want more emphasis on helping homeowners.

Los Angeles, California, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat, told reporters that "it's time to stop the bickering and start the tough negotiating to get this bill out to ensure that the American people in our cities get the relief that they need right now."

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  1. Randy

    Manny Diaz is a typically sleazy politician. He has destroyed that city.

    February 4, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Bill

    If a mayor or mayors are represented by either a Republican or Democrat representative who votes against the stimulus bill but it still passeeswill they accept the stimulus money? Since their state elected senators and congressmen to represent their views, they should be honest and not accept this money (but somehow I don't think they will).

    February 4, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Matt

    GOPers misusing the word "pork" because they don't understand the definition...in 3...2...1...

    February 4, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Jo

    Maybe the mayors need to talk to the repulicandonothings and tell them that they are tearing the country apart. But wait, the do nothings are showing their muscles and letting everyone know that they could care less about the citiizens who elected them. I hope and pray that everyone of these obstructionists are voted out of office. Then they will know about unemployment, etc.

    February 4, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Native Texan

    Why is this so bad?

    • $142 billion for a middle-class tax cut
    • $47 billion to extend unemployment benefits
    • $16 billion to expand food stamps
    • $17 billion in one-time payments to low-income Americans
    • $26 billion to expand access to health care
    • $87 billion to help states pay for Medicaid
    • $24 billion to modernized health information technology
    • $46 billion to fix bridges and roads
    • $80 billion to improve public education
    • $19 billion for school construction
    • $14 billion to make college more affordable
    • $32 billion for clean energy

    Why did they all vote for an expensive war in Iraq?

    February 4, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Mari

    OUR NATION IS IN A CRISIS! Congress needs to act, to work out their issues and get going!

    What I want the Republicans & the Conservatives posting here is:

    WHERE WERE THE 'FISCAL-CONSERVATIVES' WHILE BUSH WAS SPENDING OUR NATION INTO BANKRUPTCY??????????

    WHERE WERE THE 'FISCAL-CONSERVATIVES' WHEN BUSH WAS ..........TRIPLING ....... OUR NATIONAL DEBT????????

    NOT ONE CONSERVATIVE POSTING HERE, NOR ANYWHERE SEEMS TO WANT TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS! THEY IGNORE THE BUSH DISASTER.

    February 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Ray Fisher

    For the states, there should be a separate stimulus of 0% 5 year loans to cover any shortfalls effective immediately to ease the strain of dimished tax revenues and such. The states should not be part of the overall stimulus. The local governments can work with their state for funding.

    February 4, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. tim

    Hurry, hurry, hurry, the walls are caving in.

    Folks, this is not leadership, it is fear mongoring.

    February 4, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. Outspoken

    AMERICA....LAND OF THE FREE-LOADERS.
    THE NEW NATIONAL SLOGAN: GIMMEE! GIMMEE! GIMMEE!

    February 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  10. TLM

    I AM AN AVID DEER AND ELK HUNTER HERE IN NEW MEXICO WE HAVE TO WALK MANY MILES A DAY IF WE WANT TO GET WHAT WE ARE HUNTING FOR WE HAVE OUR LAWS TOO IF SARAH PALIN WANTS TO BE HUNTER SHE SHOULD DO IT THE HUMANE WAY LIKE EVERYONE ELSE DOES

    February 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  11. Mickie

    Publicly the republicans say they want more emphasis on the housing market, but what they mean in back door politics is they want more money to go to banks and the rich in tax cuts. That didn't work when Bush did it and it's not going to stimulate the economy now. What bank is going to loan money or mortgage a home if a person doesn't have a job - WAKE UP REPUBLICANS!

    February 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  12. fearful for my country

    If the states would stop spending so much on Illegal aliens then they wouldn't be in a bind. This country's taxpayers foot a bill of 338 BILLION dollars a year to provide illegal aliens, welfare, foodstamp, healthcare, etc. This country is going bankrupt because of the illegal aliens flooding across the borders and the states are the ones choosing to provide for these people. Look around you. Unemployed? Lost your job, can't pay your bills...going hungry? It's not because of Wall street and the war, it's because the bleeding heart liberals want to support every illegal alien who crosses the border. The cities and States have started this mess. Washington needs to stop it. The new stimulus has nillions built into it for illegal aliens because the states are begging for money. The illegals aren't even paying taxes som it's not like they will ever help pay this money back. Wake up and tell your politicians NO More!

    February 4, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Eleonore

    They are right. Let's vote for the stimulus before it is too late and we are sinking for good !

    February 4, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  14. bsmith171

    mayors want to be rewarded for doing a BAD job.

    they should be indicted for financial crimes.

    the are elected versions of bernie MADOFF!

    February 4, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. karen-Phoenix

    The mayors, the govenors the house all want this bill passed!!! GOP senate?? Where are you???!!!! NOW! Do it now!!! WE need jobs and NO JOB is PORK!!!! NOt even replacing grass on the Capital mall!!!

    February 4, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. naqib

    Quick... gimmie my money!

    By the way... what relief is it gonna bring... because their isn't much in there any Americans are gonna see.

    February 4, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Dont blame me

    All of the govenors and mayors that DID NOT DO THEIR JOBS with their respective governments want a HAND OUT. They want to be BAILED OUT. Maybe they should have thought about doing what was right for their communities and states.

    February 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  18. mw

    Go Mayors. Kick some butt in DC. Jar a brain-if you can find one one the repug side.

    February 4, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  19. umu ule

    Tell the repubs and Mccain the rebel soldier that this is not politics as usual to tier one another down. It is real economics problem. Tell rebel soldier Mcain to tear down the request he put up for signature against the stimulus package. The 8 year of suffering by American people under the the repubs is enough and more than enough. We cann't continue in the same old ways.

    February 4, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. NY republican

    What the Democrats are calling "bickering" is acutally tough negotiating. Tough negotiating takes time. It can't be both ways folks. You can't take the time to "negotiate" and still stuff an unfunded spending bill down someone's throat at the same time.

    February 4, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. Survivor

    The Republicans will not listen to anyone but themselves as they cover their ears & eyes and open their mouths and yell at the top of their lungs AAAAAAYYYYYAAAAAYYYYAAAAYYYNAAYAAA NAAAYAAA NAAAYYYAAAA!

    February 4, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Laverne

    It is funny how a lot of republican governors and mayors are backing the stimulus plan because they get it! They deal with real people everyday and not just flapping off at the mouth for politics sake. This is all about what your agenda is, nothing more, nothing less, but at the end of the day the American people want results.

    February 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Matthew Truth

    Oh Yes. Our girl Granholm in Michigan has run the state into a 6 year recession. She would love the free money as soon as possible.

    Please send all you can to Granholm. She is the very best.

    He buddy Kwame was booted as mayor of detroit, but please do not hold that against her. He was a righteous brutha.

    February 4, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. KC

    Well Manny if it doesn't pass quickly you have no one to blame but the Dems for shoveling so much pork into the bill. If they hadn't written in so much fluff then a vote on this bill would have been a piece of cake. Dems quit trying to pay back your buddies with this package and try to actually do what we the voters put you in that seat to do. Enough is enough.

    February 4, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. bill

    lets think on this, bush and party ruined this country, got us in an illegal war, can not find one good thing to say and i have been a republican for 70 years, my dad, my grandfather were republicans–and they know what we need in the stimulus bill?????? something is wrong here. maybe rush limp baughs will explain this.

    February 4, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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