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. Rick Roberts

    Come on Nancy. Get with the program. You are starting to sound like the Republicans. Your way or "NO WAY". Obama's biggest mistake was to let you be in charge of this to begin with.
    You can't have everything you want. Let's get this deal done

    February 11, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Shari, NY

    This is not a stimulus saga – it is a stimulus DRAMA.

    February 11, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Mike, Syracuse NY

    OK, so House Democrats are arguing with Senate Democrats. So who are the obstructionists now? Oh, that's right, it's only when Republicans are negotiating that it's obstructionist.

    February 11, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. Felonious Monk

    Congress dragging their feet on education. Why does this not suprise me? If they educate us they will have to be more careful in their underhanded dealings. If they educate us we may get wise to what's going on in D.C.
    I don't want to be educated, I just want my soma vacation.

    February 11, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Avi Shlomo

    Pelosi...do not screw this up. we have been waiting for change and there is a president who leads. Leave your pet projects a side and show leadership. How about axing foregin aid? one comes to Mind the aide we provide to Israel and Egypt. That money is needed here and so far it has produced a rather unstable world and beligerence from the so calleed friends.

    February 11, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Deborah

    Why is the GOP continually looking like a bunch of spoiled rich kids who can't accept that they lost the election.!! Oh behave Republicans!! Would you really tie and feather Arlan Spector, a true Republican who is willing to stand up for the good of America and not for the greed of corporations. STOP rallying against the average person in this country. Don't they understand that the majority of Americans see through the smoke and bells they are throwing up! If they were soo concerned about the financial stability of this nation and the war on terror, They should have stood up six years ago and said "NO" to all the deregulation, the war and Bush's failed policies!!!!!!!!!! Just SHUT-Up,sit down and learn something about truth and character from real people with real concerns for this country.

    February 11, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Ben in Dallas

    We all know this is an experiment in Kensian Economics. Opinions of experts and politicians mean nothing. As a nation we are trying to fill a hole created by the super capitallists who ran the Bush, or Shrub as we call him, administration. Doing nothing is not an option.

    February 11, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Ian

    If the government's only means of getting money is through taxation or borrowing, aren't they just taking money out of the economy and putting it back in?

    February 11, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  9. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    It's par for the course for Pelosi the Walking Roadblock!!! She is more of a danger to Democrats than the Republicans because she is a coward. She cowered before George Bush almost ruining our nation, killing our troops, insisting on her petty wishes and now she hampers our President and her own party. Clearly she is loyal only to herself!!!

    February 11, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  10. TEXAS

    WHERE, WHERE WHERE,,PLEASE TELL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    The House Democrats don't trust Republican governors to use this money in the way it's intended. I agree with the House Democrats on this one, especially with the amount of grandstanding the G.O.P is currently showing. This is a lot of money, and I want it to be used in the way it's intended.

    February 11, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Survivor

    SHe certainly has the right to her opinion but this is no time for quibling – both are good – go with the one that "everyone" can agree with please!

    I want our lawmakers to really "get it" and stop the nonsense – although I haven't walked in any politicians shoes – appearances must count for something?

    February 11, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Bankrupt in Tx

    We have to do whatever Pelosi wants since she got so many Republicans to vote for her bill.

    February 11, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. Capt Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Know comes the real Rethuglican test:

    Let’s challenge every Rethuglican that voted against the stimulus package. That they should not accept any of the stimulus money for there state or district.

    Let’s see how many of them can walk the walk; we know they can talk the talk. Lets see them put the money were there mouth is.

    Let’s start with Mr. Depends himself John McCain and Arizona!

    They really need to refuse any of this money because it is all pork! If they are so worried about the budget and borrowing money. Let them refuse are return any money to the U.S. Treasury at once!

    February 11, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. ray

    all republicans must burn in hell , i hope the almighty is looking at these terrorist in congress. take these pathetic humans father and let the world and this country be a better place.

    February 11, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  16. Ed Fl

    Put it in TITLE ! and DO NOT GIVE A NICKLE to any district that has is a GOP DISTRICT. Especially from the so called honorable,religous bigots along the BIBLE BELT.These guys try to impress the public of being caring honest god fearing believers and yet vote against anthing which is intended for less fortunate needy people outside their district who unfortunately they need to vote for them. Thier day of reckoning is coming.

    February 11, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  17. Pigs at the trough

    Pelosi and Reid, two pigs feeding at the taxpayer trough. Somebody ought to ask Pelosi to give up her $20 million to save the salt water marsh mouse in her district - yes, a mouse has been allocated $20 million in this stimulus. It is probably just a coincidence but some very very large Pelosi contributors are on a committee to save the salt water marsh mouse in Pelosi's home district, but probably just a coincidence becasue Prez Obama promised that there were no earmarks in the bill. Maybe the President ought to actually read the bill before he signs it. The White House ought to be renamed "Pork Palace?.

    February 11, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. southerncousin

    In light of Husseins pledge of openess and transparency, I believe it would be a very wise decision on the part of the Speaker and the Majority Leader to allow television cameras to broadcast these negotiations to the citizens. Wouldn't that shake things up. You could be sure Chuck Schumer would be there standing behind whoever is talking at the moment.

    February 11, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Patty in the CA mountains

    How can anyone with an ounce of brain matter NOT want to fund education in every way possible....education is the backbone of our future....the fact that education funds are EVER cut is a shame....funds for education should NEVER be on the table....I can't understand the way these people think. They say school construction should be funded by the states.....if they could they would....they can't so Washington must. Sheesh....

    February 11, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Fan of Common Sense

    The need to load it up with a lot more PORK before they are going to get Nancy on board. Don't you just love this CHANGE?

    February 11, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Jazzi

    Get'em Pelosi !!!! Please make sure that Education gets the money that it needs. We owe it to our next generation!!!!

    February 11, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. Mike Dallas

    As a Dem, I say stop being a drama queen, Pelosi, your acting like a repuke!

    February 11, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


    February 11, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. Clarence Smith

    I support you Pelosi! We have had to give up too much to the republicans – to heck with them. I cannot wait until 2010 we we take over the senate with more than 60 votes.

    February 11, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. jaye

    For goodness sake, put the school repairs in the BILL!!!
    Good Grief!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
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