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. Ray Ray

    LOL... Harry begging Nancy to please go along.

    Looks like the REAL person wearing pants in Washington is Pelosi. Harry and Obama might be next on Vogue's list of fall femmes.

    February 11, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. beevee

    The house majority leader Ms. Nancy Pelosi is beginning to annoy me. What is her problem in agreeing to the stimulus bill. Instead of being pigheaded like the GOP talk it over and come to an agreement to help people out quickly. She seems arrogant.

    February 11, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Rene in PA

    The mind boggles at Republicans who think money for education won't, first of all, create jobs; and secondly, help our failing education system overall. What happened to all the talk (and very real statistics) that say the United States education systems are failing compared to other industrialized nations?

    There really aren't words to discribe how outrageously asinine this type of thinking is, especially when compared to the fact these same people voted to give over billions to the banks with ZERO accountability on the first stimulus package.

    Outrageous! These people need to be slapped into reality. I suggest that the Senators that voted NO to education, go and work at their local school for one month - and take the appropriate paycut and try to pay their bills with what they earn.

    February 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. no corporate politics

    There's a deal means there is no deal.
    Bipartisan when it is essentially along party lines.
    Across the aisle means do it my way.
    Peace means send troops to war in Afghanistan.
    No lobbyists means hire lobbyists and take lobbyist money.
    I am not campaigning when there is campaigning.
    Say hope but preach fear.

    There is a theme here.
    Change means change the truth.
    Question Authority!

    February 11, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Griff

    How is it, CNN? You cannot see, what I can see... "We have to please everyone." I really only started 4yrs ago, trying to understand American Politics... You try so hard to confuse your Audiance..
    You are is a "Mess"...

    February 11, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Jon Davis

    Nancy Pelosi needs to go. She has single-handedly undermined the president at every turn. If Democrats don't wise up and throw her out, 2010 could see Republicans bounce back with a vengeance...in spite of the fact that every thing Republicans have done over the last eight years has been an unmitigated disaster.

    February 11, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Bob, Seattle

    Really? What is wrong with Pelosi? California is the hardest hit housing state in the country. Yet the wise ones eliminate the $15,000 tax credit for home buyers? This was the single most anticipated provision in the entire plan. California was hanging on this provisions. Would serve to jump start home buying, stabilize prices, kick the economy with housing's ripple effect in gear almost immediately. WOW!!!
    What an extreme VOID in leadership in the house. But Pelosi made sure that Del Monte (in which her husband owns $15mil in stock) got a sweetheart deal for the town in owns in the Dominican???
    And Pelosi owns a hotel in which all of the hired help is NON-union even though she courts the labor unions. WOW again.
    Very sad leadership. No wonder only 18% approval rating.

    February 11, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Tree

    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 in. If Repubs are so worried about our financial state, lets end our occupation of Iraq, lets stop giving tax breaks to the wealthy. We could recover the stimulus money in no time! Republicans are very LIBERAL spenders when it comes to our tax money. It just doesn't get spent to benefit the hardworking tax payers of this country. Unless of course you are filthy rich, or on Wallstreet.

    February 11, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    I have visions of a bald guy with dual earrings asking CNN "deal or no deal?" Which is it?

    February 11, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Latte Sipping Leftie

    Didn't I say earlier there would be something to hold this up. Well I hate to tell you this, but I told you so! Tack on the extra 10 billion and let's get the ball on the road.

    February 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Why does Pelosi always seem to be the sticking point when it comes to these issues? The Democratic majority needs to give her the boot and get another House Speaker.

    February 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. arithmetic is liberal

    Dotting 'i's and crossing 't's. Don't get too excited obstruction-enablers.

    February 11, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. DavidinCA

    Certainly the disagreement didn't have anything to do with how many jobs one version would create over another. That's really not what this bill is about at all.

    But mess with the spending portion of this and you've got one angry Nancy Pelosi to deal with!

    February 11, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Me

    Nancy, quit being a brat

    February 11, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. PATC

    10 Billion dollars. That is only about 30 years of 1 million a day.

    February 11, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Jason

    Pelosi needs to go!

    February 11, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Cindy

    People, 10 billion on a 780 billon dollar plan, get over it and spend the money

    February 11, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. S Callahan

    I don't know...is common sense out of the door....as long as the education monies get through who cares if it's stimuls or Title 1...just get it through....

    Nancy, stop postering....we are exhausted from all this with all the politicans!

    February 11, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. no way

    It's good to see one party is working to help us survive the devestation that was the Bush/Cheney/Republicant years. And thank God they are the ones in the majority.
    Yea for Pelosi and Reid!

    February 11, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. Mike

    Oh the speaker is crying in her office you mean?

    February 11, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. publish how the money was used

    full disclosure

    its my money, I want to know where it went

    February 11, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. fearful for my country

    it's always Nancy Pelosi casuing drama or a delay. Can we get rid of this witch next election?

    February 11, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Joe Citizen

    This hold up is just the kind of crap that shows me that some in Congress are still focused on the WRONG things. Do we really need to be holding this up because we don't trust our governors to know how best to spend school construction money? $10B out of $900B? Surely this could have and should have been addressed LONG before conference committee activities. Get on with it already!

    February 11, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Fan of Common Sense

    It's NOT a stimulus bill. It's a SOCIALIST POWER GRAB! WAKE UP, AMERICA!

    February 11, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Rick

    This country is in big, big trouble when idiots like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are making major decisions for us.

    February 11, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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