February 11th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
14 years ago

Holdup in stimulus talks means no deal just yet

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/11/art.pelosi3.gi.jpg caption="Pelosi and Reid are discussing the stimulus compromise."]WASHINGTON (CNN) -Despite talk of a deal, the stimulus saga isn't over - a deal has not been reached. CNN can confirm that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office at this hour, trying to persuade her to agree.

Senate Democratic leadership aides say the holdup concerns the addition of $10 billion for school construction/modernization. In the Senate version, $10 billion was added to the $44 billion allocated toward 'state stabilization' to help school infrastructure.

But aides say House members would rather this $10 billion in funding go through Title I, which would assign the funds based on need, as opposed to giving the money to governors through the state stabilization vehicle.

Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says that a meeting is currently underway in the Speaker's office with House Democratic leadership, Senate representatives and White House representatives.

"We're moving very rapidly to making an announcement on a deal," said Elshami.

Filed under: Congress • stimulus plan
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Betty

    Democrats fighting against Democrats? Isn't that a new change in congress?

    February 11, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Once you vote Black

    PUMA, is that you?

    February 11, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. Sad Texan

    Tree, 1.2 billion x 12 months =14.4 billion per year

    We've been in Iraq for 6 years. So the war = 86.4 Billion.

    This Obama Pork Bill is 800 Billion dollars!

    Did you see the stock market yesterday? Obama announced his plan and the stock market dropped 380 points. (Up only 50 today)

    How is that a good sign?

    February 11, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. a

    Pelosi must go !!!

    February 11, 2009 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. sherry

    Probably the republicans....They want the United States to fail......Anything so Obama wont look better then Bush.....Shame on them

    February 11, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. jumbo

    acorn is flooding the phone lines to d c to make sure they get there pay for voter fraud

    February 11, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Mary

    Title 1 instead of governor discretion. Let me think about that. The pros for title 1 are: Democrats, specifically Pelosi and Co., get to decide who in the state that has supported them will get the money, regardless of average tax payer need.
    The cons for title 1: Democrats get to decide who in the state that has supported them will get the money regardless of tax payer need.

    Okay, I know my answer now: give it to the governors...they know who in the state needs it and they know they have to meet that need or get voted out of office.

    February 11, 2009 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. don

    Have they removed the department of "violation of privacy into everyone's medical records" AKA Obama's new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology.

    How do you all like the idea of the government having all your medical records at their fingertips? How about them intervening when you want your grandmother to have care – but they decide it's too costly? Stimulating isn't it.

    and to add to the hilarity – we are not getting out of Iraq – we're in for years – Obama said so! Furthermore he is still doing all the renditions Bush did.

    We were all played – this is a big money grab to pay off union bosses and other cronies, violate civil rights, and make us poor and powerless. Hope & change. ah, the irony.

    February 11, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Jorge in Wisconsin

    Good Job Senate & House, Now lets work on a LONG term plan. Maybe fixing Cheap Import Prices so Americans can Spend the 800 billion here in the US and not towards China. ~ Please Tax High on imports to make the import price difficult to purchase and cheaper for Americans to purchase our own American Products.

    February 11, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. Go Pelosi

    Nancy Pelosi is a true American hero! Nancy stopped the democrats talk on impeaching Bush over 2 years ago. This is not going to be a perfect stimulus package, lucky for you republicans. But conservative, right wingers, extremists, neo-con philosophy does not work.
    The economy went the same way under the Bush Administration. Bush was so convinced that nothing was wrong, that it did nothing to monitor it . The advice from conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, Phil Graham, Karl Rove had more of Bush's ear than Laura Bush.
    Republicans lost track of true American interests. the use of only tax cuts for American people does not work.
    Democrats must try something different in trying times because so many people are hoping for something instead of doing nothing like the Republicans and Rush Limbaugh want. People in America elected representatives and Senators to run the U.S. Congress not Rush Limbaugh to run this country.

    February 11, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  11. Dan

    Nancy Pelosi should be removed as speaker and Harry Reid too as Majority leader. They are destroying America.

    February 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  12. Dumas McGee

    $800 billion

    YOUR investment is about $4000 each dear poster

    Mr. Obama wants this to create/save 4 million jobs

    $800 billion divided by 4 million = $200,000.

    Do you think he's going to create 4 million $200,000 jobs?

    How do YOU feel about YOUR investment now?

    February 11, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  13. Richard


    February 11, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  14. Lush Limprick, the real head of the RNC

    "We spend 1.2 billion a month in Iraq. But that's okay for Republicans. I guess the tax paying citizens of America are not important enough to invest a stimulus "

    Tree, war is the repukes way of thinning the herd so there are fewer folks which means the repuke share of the money is bigger, therefore, making them richer!

    February 11, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
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